South School looks to plas­tic al­ter­na­tives

Bush Telegraph - - NEWS - By CHRIS­TINE MCKAY

Stu­dents in Room 6 at Dan­nevirke South School are aware of the prob­lems plas­tic bags are caus­ing and they’re de­ter­mined to rid our com­mu­nity of them.

“Our seas are full of plas­tic and we know China won’t ac­cept any more waste plas­tic, so with our teacher’s help we came up with a plan,” they said.

Work­ing with fabric do­nated by their teacher Lindy Hal­ibur­ton, the chil­dren have been busy cut­ting and sewing re­cy­clable bags.

“We’d read about the boomerang bags in Mo­tukea and de­cided to make bags for Dan­nevirke,” Miss Hal­ibur­ton said. “I’m a sewer and have moun­tains of fabric and thought this was a bet­ter cause than what I’d planned. I loved do­nat­ing the fabric for this project. “Hope­fully these branded bags will float around the com­mu­nity and we can say good­bye to plas­tic.”

Welling­ton, Tau­ranga, Ro­torua and Motueka are all of­fer­ing plas­tic al­ter­na­tives.

Over four days the chil­dren used the over­locker and sewing ma­chine in their class­room to make the bags, and their aim is to have a boomerang logo at­tached be­fore the bags go into cir­cu­la­tion.

“They’ve worked on a three­d­i­men­sional shape, mak­ing plans and pa­per pat­terns and have had to learn to un­pick, be pa­tient and not stitch over peo­ple’s fin­gers,” Miss Hal­ibur­ton said. “Our chil­dren are pas­sion­ate about help­ing our com­mu­nity and en­vi­ron­ment by help­ing to get rid of plas­tic shop­ping bags. ”

Stu­dents are plan­ning to visit Dan­nevirke’s Op Shops, show them sam­ples of the boomerang bags and en­cour­age the out­lets to dis­card their plas­tic bags. “We are hop­ing they will do­nate their sur­plus fabric so we can make bags for them,” Miss Hal­ibur­ton said.

Stu­dents from Dan­nevirke South School's Room 6, with the fabric shop­ping bags they are mak­ing to sup­ply as boomerang bags to shop­pers at New World Su­per­mar­ket.

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