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Boomerang bags coming to Motueka shops

February 23rd, 2017

It's time to start cutting back on the use of plastic bags for taking home shopping. Boomerang bags are set to arrive in Motueka.

A community project to make free, reusable take-and-return cloth bags has begun, and their availability in High Street shops will be launched early in April.

An Australian initiative (hence the term "boomerang"), it is taking off in New Zealand as well. And a group of Motueka people, with the umbrella support of Vision Motueka adds one further Kiwi town to the movement.

Community Board member Claire Hutt, who is also a new trustee of Vision Motueka, is one of the Boomerang Bags Motueka team. She says their aim is to launch and showcase the first set of bags at a stall at the upcoming Kai Fest being held at Decks Reserve on Sunday 9th April.

"Ever gone shopping and forgotten your reusable bag or are you just fed up with one use plastic bags?" she says.

"Boomerang Bags is an initiative aimed at reducing the use of plastic bags by engaging communities in making re-useable cloth bags as a fun, sustainable alternative.

"Each Boomerang Bag is handmade by volunteers from the local community using donated, second-hand materials, keeping the initiative local and sustainable. Bags are distributed to local businesses and markets for people to use and return."

They can be returned at a later date to bins at participating shops, or simply used again the next time you go shopping in town.

To spread information about the initiative, people are invited to the screening of the award winning environmental documentary "Bag It" on Wednesday 8th March, 7.30 pm at MoTEC, Parklands School.

For those not into sewing the bags, they can still help by cleaning out their cupboards and handing in fabrics and threads for the upcoming sewing bees.

"Only woven fabrics please - no knitwear. They need to be clean and reasonable condition. We will up-cycle old duvet covers," Claire says.

To donate fabrics and threads, they can be delivered to The Motueka Community Store located at Whakarewa/High Street corner from March 2nd to 9th and tell them it's for Boomerang Bags.

There will also be community sewing bees, where volunteers can help with cutting materials, pinning, ironing, screen printing and sewing.

These working bees will be on Saturday 11th March and 18th March, from 9am to 12pm; and Tuesday 14th and 21st March, 2.30 to 5.30pm. They will be held at MoTEC, Parklands School, opposite the library in Pah Street. All equipment will be provided.

Finally to make it work, retailers with space should host Boomerang Bag Bins. Businesses in town interested in being a Boomerang Bin holder should contact to book a bin.

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