The Yarrawonga Neighbourhood House has launched an initiative to say no to plastic bags by making their own boomerang bags.
Boomerang bags provide a free, fun and sustainable alternative to plastic bags by using upcycled cotton materials to create a new bag.
The Community Op Shop has been very generous with materials no longer of use, with members of the community able to attend the neighbourhood house to make these upcycled bags and benefit the environment.
From July 1, 2018 single-use, lightweight plastic bags will be banned in Victoria bringing the state into line with a number of other states.
It is hoped the phasing out of lightweight bags will slash waste, reduce litter and help protect marine life in the state.
Members of the community can be a part of this movement by joining the group and making new friends while making bags regularly for the wider community to use.
The neighbourhood house will be holding working bees between 1pm and 3pm every Thursday for those who want to come down and make some bags but members of the community are not restricted to making them at the neighbourhood house.
Denise Causby, Heather Tribe and Judy Bruce have been sewing bags at home since May and Community Programs Coordinator of Yarrawonga Neighbourhood House Deb Cooper said she was grateful to these ladies for their help and that many people can get involved from their homes not just at the neighbourhood house.
There are many ways to get involved besides sewing bags such as cutting out blue prints, handles and hemming pockets, ironing pockets and handles, making kits for people to take home, promoting the bags or being involved in a sewing bee or making bags at home.
Deb said she is so happy with the response of the bags so far and that this initiative is great for the community in many aspects.
“I’m very excited where it can take us,” Deb said.
“We realise it’s a success when people leave because they’ve found confidence and it proves to us that these programs are valuable.”
“There is a place for everyone.”
Although the bags are being made primarily by women for women some men in the community have shown interest so plain coloured bags are also being made.
These bags are also being used for another initiative of the neighbourhood house with newcomers to the Yarrawonga Mulwala area provided with a boomerang bag filled with plenty of community information and contacts.
Volunteers will be promoting the Boomerang Bags at Foodworks Mulwala on Monday, October 30, Ritchies IGA on Tuesday, October 31 and Woolworths Wednesday, November 1.
A community launch will be held at the Yarrawonga Neighbourhood House on Thursday, November 2 from 1pm to 3pm with 250 bags currently ready for launch and an afternoon tea provided.
To find out more about the boomerang bags and how you can get involved visit the neighbourhood house Facebook page at Yarrawonga Mulwala boomerang bags and the upcycle gallery or by calling Deb on 5744 3911.