The Bag Ladies’ picnic
What do you get when you put 15 women and 500 bags together? A bagnic.
A celebration on the lawn was held last week to mark 500 bags made since the Bag Ladies group began meeting up each week and sewing bags to donate to food waste group Nourished for Nil (N4N).
“We now have 15 bag makers but not all come at once — usually there’s around six or seven at a time,” says founding member Barbara Foote.
“Fortunately one of our members has a real sewing room where we can spread out and look at the view.” Barbara says the bags are donated for people to carry their free food in.
“Most people who take one in the queue at N4N are putting in a koha now which is great.”
Barbara says public support for bag making continues.
“We now get material from other fabric retailers as well as Panache and many individuals give us material.”
N4N founder Christina McBeth joined in the celebration.
“The ladies who have been sewing us these gorgeous bags not only provide a sustainable means for customers to take their rescued food home in, they are also providing us with an increase in koha,” she says.
Hastings group Bag Ladies celebrating a milestone.