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Boomerang Bag production in full swing

March 18th, 2017
[by David Armstrong]

After three sewing bees involving more than 40 people, the number of cloth Boomerang Bags ready for use freely by Motueka shoppers has passed the 100 mark.

This morning the third sewing bee at Motec (Parkland School's technology centre) was a hive of purposeful activity, with children and adults (and not only female) cutting, ironing, sewing, screen printing of labels and finishing the fabric shopping bags.

The products will be launched at the Motueka Kai Fest on April 9th and be available for free use and return at several Motueka shops, aiming to reduce the use of throwaway plastic bags (see our earlier story).

A project under the Vision Motueka umbrella, the founding team are finding huge support from a range of people and organisations in the community.

The Crafty Tarts group have separately made over 20 bags, and a group of women from the Matariki Pacifica hub who are learning to sew are also getting involved under the tutelage of Renee Docherty.

The Motueka Community Store in Whakarewa Street is acting as a drop-off point for spare fabric and thread. The only question still needing an answer is who can construct the wooden bins which will hold the bags at shop entrances.

Here are some photos taken at this morning's well organised sewing bee in the Motec sewing room.

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