Beerwah bags back like a boomerang
THE women of the Beerwah CWA have taken the removal of single-use plastic shopping bags from supermarkets into their stride by joining the repurposing movement with their Boomerang Bags.
Out of the linen cupboard, bottom draw, top shelf and even the garage, pieces of oft forgotten pre-loved material is finding a new life though the sewing skills of the Beerwah volunteers.
Led by a prolific volunteer who has been a member of the CWA for close to 60 years, president Del Davis at the age 86 has under her charge about eight women who each month create up to 50 unique Boomerang Bags.
The now world-wide sustainable Boomerang Bag movement started in the Gold Coast. It's aim is to foster community volunteers to divert potential waste into reusable bags, and to start to conversations, connect like-minded people and foster sustainable behaviour.
"The CWA likes doing things for the community," an enthusiastic Del said.
The group have a very social working bee once a month where they put the final touches to the bags and then cut the material for new ones ready for sewing. The women then take home the cuttings and sew them together into the reusable bags.
Once completed the Boomerang Bags are sold within the Beerwah community for a gold coin donation which Del describes as a "bargain". The income from the bags is used to cover the cost of sewing items.
Club member Debbie Ives, who delivers the bags to the local kindergarten and many of the shops, has noticed a positive change in the attitude of the group members towards the use of plastic in their homes.
The project has also attracted new CWA members. "A lot of the women have a passion for doing something about plastic in the community which has bought them to our group," Debbie added.
Moving away from plastic shopping bags hasn't changed Del's life greatly. "I was reared in the era where you didn't things away," she said.
But Del has found the reusable Boomerang Bags handy to take shopping "so you have something to take your items home in" she added. "I think the general public are now more concious of what they use and where they throw their rubbish."