Boomerang Bags kept at home cre­at­ing a short­age

Waihi Leader - - News - By ME­LANIE CAMOIN news@wai­hileader.co.nz

Bring your ex­tra fab­ric bags back to the stores, Waihi and Waihi Beach Boomerang Bag groups say.

The Boomerang Bag ini­tia­tive is a global move­ment set up to help phase out sin­gle use plas­tic bags dur­ing shop­ping.

Both Waihi and Waihi Beach have their own group of vol­un­teers meet­ing every week to stitch fab­rics and turn them into re­us­able bags.

Waihi Beach co-or­di­na­tor Jane Broughton says peo­ple need to re­turn their bags to lo­cal stores.

“Re­cently I have heard of some­one who has seven bags [at home], and lo­cal stores in the mean­time don’t have enough,” she says.

She says that the Waihi group faces the same sit­u­a­tion.

“It is ok to keep a Boomerang Bag at home but not mul­ti­ple ones . . .

“You can bring them back to any store or re­use for shop­ping.

“We want them to keep rolling over.”

Waihi Beach vol­un­teers sewed around 1000 bags and Waihi 662 in just a year, time when both groups started.

All the ma­te­rial has been do­nated by the com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing fab­rics, threads, sewing ma­chines and to face the de­mand, vol­un­teers are ask­ing for any un­used fab­ric to be do­nated to make new bags.

“Any type of fab­ric, even sheets are great as we use them to make the front pock­ets. These are made by Waihi Rest Home res­i­dents.”

Both groups need funds to sus­tain the ini­tia­tive long-term as sewing ma­chines need ser­vic­ing, and fees for dye.

Waihi Boomerang Bag has a fundrais­ing stall at the up­com­ing Trol­ley Derby this Satur­day.

Waihi Beach is also plan­ning a sim­i­lar fundraiser.

Jane says that Waihi Beach real es­tate firm LH Hooker has agreed to spon­sor stands on Wil­son Road for fu­ture bags and Katikati Col­lege stu­dents will help to make the bags too.

“Over­all, we have had a great sup­port from the com­mu­nity, busi­nesses and our amaz­ing vol­un­teers in both towns,” she says.

Own­ers of the Waihi Beach gro­cers, Har­ris and Vanita Ku­mar have wel­comed the Boomerang Bag ini­tia­tive in their store.

PHO­TOS / SUP­PLIED.

Vol­un­teers cre­at­ing the Waihi Beach Boomerang bags.

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