Boomerang Bags are reusable shopping bags created by community members from recycled, donated, second hand materials as a sustainable alternative to plastic bags. We create bags from pre-loved, clean doona covers, sheets, pillow cases, old curtains and furnishing fabrics.
A little bit of HISTORY
Boomerang Bags began in 2013 on the Gold Coast, Queensland when Co-founders, Tania Potts and Jordyn de Boer met up with the dream of reducing plastic bags within their community of Burleigh Heads. Thanks to dozens of amazing supporters and hundreds of dedicated volunteers, Boomerang Bags is now spreading into communities World-wide!
- There are now 475 plus Boomerang Bags Communities Worldwide.
- These communities have made more than 134,500 reusable shopping bags.
- This equates to 40,350 plus kilograms of waste diverted from landfill.
- By simply using a reusable shopping bag, one person can save over 22,000 plastic bags over their lifetime.
- Nearly every piece of plastic ever made still exists today.
- Did you know that in 2050 it is estimated that there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish
Like any problem, the best way to resolve it is to stop it at its source. It’s clear that we need to reduce the amount of plastic being produced, by reducing the amount of plastic we are consuming.
Just a generation ago, we packaged our products in re-usable or recyclable materials, for example, glass, metals, and other products designed to last, that could be washed out and used over and over. This is the way to go, and it’s so easy! Choose to bring your own reusable shopping bags.
We are concerned about the effects plastic pollution has on our environment, our waterways, our animals, the planet and our health. We are working to reduce the use of plastic bags by engaging the local community in the making of Boomerang Bags.
The bags create a platform to start conversations, make friends, up-cycle materials and work towards shifting society’s throw away mentality to a more sustainable revolution of re-use – one community, needle and thread at a time!
Boomerang Bags Baw Baw began during “Plastic free July” this year when the Warragul Farmers Market committee invited community members to bring their sewing machines along to make reusable shopping bags during the market.
Having our sewing machines at the market certainly created curiosity and started conversations about what we were doing. everyone we spoke to was saying “what a great idea” and couldn’t believe our bags were FREE, although we are very happy to receive donations. Our aim was to engage with people and educate them to make a conscious choice to stop using plastic bags and use reusable ones instead. Having Boomerang Bags on hand as an alternative makes it simple for people to make a sustainable choice.
We are committed to raising awareness about sustainability and the environment and are gathering a community of people together who are making bags at home or attending working bees to create bags. During the time we spend together we make new friends, upcycle materials, talk about solutions and make a positive difference to our planet.
We aim to have a stockpile of bags at various retail outlets or markets for people to borrow and reuse. People often ask where do they return the bag, there is no obligation for you to return the bag you borrow, we prefer that you keep the bag and reuse it, or boomerang it to someone else to use.
There are various ways you can assist with our Boomerang Bags community project.
- You may like to join a sewing group. You don’t have to be able to sew to be involved.
- You may like to make bags from home.
- You may like to set up your own sewing group.
- You may like to donate thread or fabric.
- You may like to donate financially, we need to buy ink and thread.
- You may like to collect material donations.
- You may like to join our Facebook group and share our posts with your family and friends.
- You may like to join our email list to keep updated with the latest news.
- You may like to help us fundraise.
- You may like to assist with marketing and promotion.
- You may like to have a chat to retailers you regularly visit and suggest boomerang bags as an alternative.
Please come and see us today to register your interest if you would like to join our group, start your own group, donate materials, or swap a plastic bag for a reusable one.
At the Warragul Farmers Market, there will be take home kits available for anyone wanting to make their own bag, as well as bags for you to take.
Thank you to the Baw Baw Shire Council for holding the 2017 Sustainability Festival in November, which we were a part of. We had a good attendance of people listening to talk.
Thanks also to our wonderful Boomerang Bag community for all your time and effort you contribute to making our fantastic reusable bags, your effort is greatly appreciated.
I’d like to ask you “What have you done today to save the planet”?