After eight months of fortnightly sewing bees, Lennox Head’s Boomerang Bags group launched its reusable cloth shopping bags at the Lennox Head Residents’ Association stall at Love Lennox on 2 June.
Haven’t heard about Boomerang Bags? Here’s what you need to know: Boomerang Bags Lennox Head was formed by a small but dedicated group of locals in September last year to reduce plastic pollution in and around our beautiful little town.
It’s part of a global Boomerang Bags movement (see boomerangbags.org) that started in Burleigh Heads in 2013 and is based on a simple idea: people get together to make reusable shopping bags out of recycled fabric to give away or sell in local shops. There are more than 680 Boomerang Bag communities all over the world.
Boomerang Bags Lennox Head has now made more than 500 bags and after Saturday 2 June they’ll be available at selected shops in Lennox and the library. There’ll be free Borrow & Reuse bags (gold coin donations welcome) and Bought to Support bags for $5. All donations will go to Australian Seabird Rescue based in Ballina.
If you choose a Borrow and Reuse bag, you’re free to use it for as long as you like and when you don’t need it anymore remember the ‘boomerang’ part and simply return it to where you got it.
Our ultimate goal is to change habits around using plastic, start conversations about plastic bag use and promote a sustainable revolution of re-use. It’s ‘think globally, act locally’ in action.
Want to get involved? Come to our sewing bees, held on the first and third Saturdays of the month (Note: this month they’ll be on 9 and 23 June because of Love Lennox) at the CWA rooms behind the Community Centre, 2.30pm-5pm. You don’t have to be able to sew; there are plenty of other jobs to do.
You can also make Boomerang Bags at home; just pick up a pre-cut kit at Lennox Library. Completed bags can also be dropped off at the Library.
There are fabric donation boxes at Seed & Husk (68 Ballina Street) and the library; we love clean old tea towels, pretty doona covers and tablecloths (but can’t use stretchy or stained fabric, sorry).
For more information, visit the Boomerang Bags Lennox Head page on Facebook or contact Louise (email@example.com) or Kelly (firstname.lastname@example.org).