Despite having reached their goal of sewing 1,000 reusable bags this week in time for the Woolworths single-use plastic bag ban, Boomerang Bags Esperance insist the work is far from over.
The bags were placed at popular shopping locations around town on June 26, including BJ’s Fruit and Veg, Esperance Supa IGA and Pink Lake Butchers.
Group organiser Carmel Halls congratulated the group on their hard work, following their sewing bee on Sunday, June 24.
“It has been a team effort and many members have given up hours of their time, whether it be at home or at one of our working bees, and we’re grateful,” she said.
“There have been many small parts that have come together to produce this.
“We need to continue this community movement in supporting people to have alternatives available and to utilise this fabric that would otherwise end up in landfill.
“It’s not something that is now going to stop now; it’s going to be an ongoing project.”
The community-based initiative was designed to salvage fabric destined for landfill to turn into reusable shopping bags for the public.
The project aims to encourage people to use and return the bags, hence the name ‘boomerang’.
The group welcome those of all skill levels to join.
For more information on the initiative, contact Carmel Halls on 0403 005 908 or join the ‘Boomerang Bags Esperance’ group via Facebook.