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Boomerang Bags promotion planned for December

November 29th, 2017
[by David Armstrong]

The team behind Motueka's Boomerang Bag initiative are planning an awareness week in early December to encourage further use of re-usable shopping bags.

Boomerang bags are fabric bags that are used instead of single-use plastic bags to carry shopping, which can be re-used over again.

The concept began with the idea that you could take your shopping away in these bags and then return the bags to any participating shops for re-use by others.

More than 500 "Borrow & Bring Back" Boomerang bags have been made by volunteers and community groups in Motueka from donated materials over the past eight months, but most of them are not returned for use by others. The project team believe that nevertheless they are still being re-used, just not returned.

In addition, around 200 "Bought to Support" bags have been made, mostly by the Crafty Tarts group, to sell for $5 with proceeds going to project material costs and promotion.

A big part of the awareness week, which will run from December 3rd to 9th, will be an "amnesty" and reward for people bringing back bags that they have not returned and may not be re-using.

This will probably involve people who return bags getting coffee vouchers or raffle spot prizes from the bag outlets.

Other activities planned for the week include:

1. A Sunday Market stall at beginning of week.

2. The showing at Imagine Theatre of the hard-hitting movie "A Plastic Ocean".

3. A Quiz night at the Sprig & Fern on Thursday 7th December.

4. Photos of boomerang bags being used posted on the Boomerang Bags Motueka Facebook page, with those posting them going into a prize draw.

5. People who purchase boomerang bags over the week go into a prize draw.

6. Bag sewing packs available to give away at events for people wanting to make their own bags.

There will also be a monster sewing bee at the MoTEC building, Parklands School, at 1.30pm on Sunday 3rd.

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