Shoppers need never be short
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.