Boomerang Bags kept at home creating a shortage
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.
Volunteers creating the Waihi Beach Boomerang bags.