Shop­pers need never be short

The West Australian - - NEWS - Kate Emery

Long be­fore WA em­braced a ban on sin­gle-use plas­tic bags, Mt Hawthorn woman Kim Dupuy wanted an al­ter­na­tive to go­ing plas­tic when she for­got her bags at the shops.

“It started about two years ago,” she said. “I thought wouldn’t it be great if we had a Plan B for when you for­get your cloth bags at the shops.”

It took a while to get the City of Vincent on-board but one $2000 grant later, Ms Dupuy’s free-bag stand opened at The Mezz shop­ping cen­tre on Scar­bor­ough Beach Road.

Rather than start from scratch, she de­cided to jump on to the Boomerang Bag move­ment, which started in By­ron Bay and has since gone na­tional.

Cloth bags at the stand are branded with the Boomerang Bag logo but other bags of all kinds are also wel­come.

Cus­tomers are free to take bags for their shop­ping and en­cour­aged to bring them back on their next visit. School chil­dren have helped out with sewing and screen­print­ing bags and Ms Dupuy said the com­mu­nity — in­clud­ing the lo­cal butcher who takes the stand in and out ev­ery day — had been very sup­port­ive.

In the nine months since it has been up and run­ning Ms Dupuy said the stand had only been empty about three times, prompt­ing a gen­tle re­minder through so­cial me­dia for peo­ple to re­turn their bags

“With the ban on plas­tic I think the bags will be used a lot more and maybe not re­turned so much,” she said.

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