Taking plastic out of shopping

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Get your bags here: Volunteers at the Boomerang Bags stall at the Rosebud Plaza distributed 200 bags in under four hours. Picture: Supplied

ROSEBUD Boomerang Bags landed their “first strike” at the Rosebud Plaza, Saturday 2 June, with more than 200 bags distributed and $372 in donations received.

“We had to be quick on our feet in that fast paced environment where few shoppers had time for a chat – unlike the markets and fairs we’ve been to so far,” organiser Gwen Giudici said.

“But our passionate team converted people, changed over plastic bags for cloth and opened their eyes in regards to our global plastic problem.

“We also met fellow state and interstate Boomers and made new connections for future collaborations.”

Ms Giudici said an “incredible amount of work” lay behind the four hours spent at the centre, with fabric sourced, cut, ironed, matched and sewn.

“The people who accepted our bags were grateful for our work towards a cleaner and healthier peninsula,” she said. “This was the first of more to come and let’s hope that each time we are at the plaza we see more and more cloth bags – let’s turn back time to those good old days.”

She said Rosebud Boomerang Bags had distributed about 3000 bags since launching in July last year.

Volunteers wanting to get involved in either cutting, sewing, socialising or helping organise events or sewing bees can contact any of the 13 hubs on the Mornington Peninsula.

Ms Giudici said volunteers were needed for a Friday afternoon sewing bee at the Rosebud Primary School where they would teach pupils how to sew the bags. A valid Working with Children check is needed but these could be obtained free-of-charge. The sewing bee is planned to start on 27 July.

Details: RosebudBoomerangBags@gmail.com or call Ms Giudici 0424 326 788.

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 12 June 2018

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