Plastic Free July may have been and gone, but this isn’t stopping a group of Gippsland residents from sewing up a storm to reduce single-use plastic bags in their local community.
Once a month, several keen sewers head along to the Yinnar and District Community Hall for a ‘sewing bee’ as part of the Boomerang movement.
The Boomerang movement started in 2014 to reduce plastic bag waste. Now over 950 communities worldwide participate, saving over 75,000 kilograms of waste from landfill and the communities of Yinnar and Boolarra are getting behind it.
Jane Brown coordinates the local Yinnar and Boolarra Boomerang Group, and says the amount of plastic waste is visible even in their small community.
“All you have to do is look around at your local supermarket to see just how many people are still grabbing a plastic bag because it’s so convenient.
We decided to join the Boomerang movement and find a way to reduce plastic while still offering a convenient option for shoppers, so we can help change people’s behaviour,” says Jane.
“We were fortunate to receive funding this year from the Fonterra Grass Roots Fund, which meant we could buy enough fabric to make over 100 bags for our community.
“A lot of local businesses have jumped on the cause and our bags are now available for free with a borrow and bring back system from The Yinnar General Store, Boolarra Milk Bar, Yinnar Post Office and Webster’s Butchers, which we couldn’t have done with the help of Fonterra.