Reusable shopping bags made for the community

August 04, 2017

Ten local volunteers and Jerilderie Public School students are getting together every Friday morning to sew shopping bags for the Jerilderie community.

Boomerang Bags is an Australia-wide, environmentally friendly initiative that encourages shoppers to reduce their plastic bag use at the supermarket.

Jerilderie’s Rhonda Bryce said she found out about the Boomerang Bags project through the Facebook page ‘1 Million Women’, and wanted to do her bit.

‘‘The bags will be left outside the supermarket, where shoppers can pick them up on arrival,’’ Mrs Bryce said.

‘‘When they have finished shopping they return the bags to the store front.

‘‘These bags will belong to the Jerilderie community so we want people to keep using them.’’

The bags will have a hand drawn generic design for easy identification.

With Jerilderie Public School also involved, Mrs Bryce says it’s a great chance to teach students about the harm plastics bags cause the environment.

‘‘I think this is great opportunity to help protect the environment and teach kids about reusable bags and recycling.

‘‘Not only is this a good community drive it’s also a great social opportunity for sewers to come along and meet new people.’’

Jerilderie Public School principal Janice Noble said it was a great co-curricular activity.

‘‘It’s a way for students to engage with the community, as a special co-curricular activity that teaches new life skills that are not gender specific.’’

The sewing bees started last Friday, with 40 bags already completed.

Mrs Bryce said they aim to have at least 60 before making them available to the public.

The Boomerang Bags Jerilderie group is calling on anyone who can sew or donate a sewing machine and materials to get involved.

Contact the school on 58861331 and leave your name.

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