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First Boomerang Bags in Motueka shops

April 27th, 2017

The first Motueka Boomerang Bags are making their way into local outlets, as efforts are underway already to replenish stocks.

More than 300 Boomerang Bags have been made so far in community sewing bees, and now some bins and hangers have been built to make them available in participating shops.

Cr Peter Canton made the upright hangers that have been used in the first three locations.

Yesterday the first lot of bags on hangers were placed in the Beefair Butchery, the Motueka Community Store and Top 10 Holiday Camp. More than a half-dozen other outlets will receive bags in the coming week or so.

The idea behind the Boomerang Bags is to provide long-lasting fabric shopping bags which people can take their purchases in, saving the use of disposable plastic bags, and then return them for other people to use. (See our earlier story.)

The bags were displayed at the Motueka Kai Fest on April 9, when 53 of them (mostly ones labelled "Bought to Support") were purchased at $5 each to help fund further bag making. The free boomerang ones are labelled "Borrow & Bring Back".

The organisers, a group working under the umbrella of Vision Motueka and based at Motec in Parklands School, are asking for people to come to further sewing bees to replenish stocks. (See photo below this article for dates and times.)

They believe that a minimum of 500 bags would be needed to ensure that some would always be available at smaller outlets. Once borrowed, they may be some time before many of them are returned.

They have decided that, in particular, there would be none available yet at the town's two supermarkets, because they would very quickly run out.

The organisers, led by Claire Hutt and Jo Calt, are thrilled at the success already of the venture which started only three months ago. Several other South Island towns including Nelson have also started Boomerang Bag projects this year.

For more information or to contact the organisers, visit the "Boomerang Bags Motueka" page on Facebook.

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