Lennox Head Boomerang Bags

Above: Richelle at Seed and Husk will accept fabric donations for the Boomerang Bag project

Want to do something to reduce the amount of plastic in the world? Wondering what to do with old clothes, sheets, curtains or tea towels? Feel like supporting a positive, multi-generational community project?

Boomerang Bags Lennox Head can help. This new community-unity project initiated by Lennox Head Residents’ Association Inc aims to help residents and visitors reduce plastic pollution in and around our beautiful little town.

It’s part of the Boomerang Bags movement set up by Burleigh Heads residents Tania Potts and Jordyn de Boer in 2013 to reduce plastic bags in their community.

It’s a simple idea – making shopping bags out of recycled fabric and giving them to customers at local shops as a sustainable alternative to plastic bags – but has become a worldwide movement leading us away from a throwaway society to one that reuses and recycles.

There are now more than 420 Boomerang Bag communities all over the world. Boomerang Bags Lennox Head is one of the newest.

As the name suggests, the hope is that “boomerang” bags come back – not necessarily to the shops you got them from, but that you reuse them in your daily life.

Boomerang Bags helps communities get started with bag patterns, artwork for logos and contacts. Our little Boomerang Bag committee – Monica Wilcox, Kelly Saunderson, Lisa King and me – has met with coordinators of other communities in northern NSW and gone along to a sewing bee in Pottsville to get some tips. We’ll also be talking to local business owners in Lennox soon.

Now we’re ready to start making bags and we need fabric donations. If you have old sheets, pillow cases, shirts (no T-shirts or stretchy materials please), curtains, tea towels or similar, you can drop them off at Lennox Library (there’s a box outside) or at Seed and Husk health food store, 68 Ballina Street.

We’re also running regular Boomerang Bags sewing bees starting on Saturday September 16, 3-5pm, at the CWA rooms behind the Community Centre. Ballina Shire Council has kindly offered to cover the room hire.

You can also make Boomerang Bags at home, using your own patterns or kits made up at our sewing bees.

For more information, sewing bee dates and updates, see our Boomerang Bags Lennox Head page on Facebook or contact me (lousouth@hotmail.com) or Kelly Saunderson (kelly.saunderson@yahoo.com.au), or see www.boomerangbags.org

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