South School looks to plastic alternatives
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.