Sewing bees around the Hibiscus Coast have seen the pile of Boomerang Bags grow.
The initiative, which began in Australia, was taken up locally by Stephanie Baird of Silverdale (HM July 5).
Members of the community provide fabric and sew reusable cloth shopping bags, which will then be offered to customers in some stores instead of plastic bags.
Many local sewers have taken part and now children are getting in on the act.
Boomerang Bags is inviting children to take part in an event at Orewa Library during the school holidays, on Saturday, October 7, 10am–12noon.
Stephanie says that the children will not be sewing bags, but cutting up their old singlets or t-shirts and tying the strips together to make a bag.
“We planning this event as a fun activity for the kids to come and make their own reusable shopping bag and to create awareness around plastic waste from an early age,” Stephanie says.
Children should bring along an old singlet/t-shirt and a pair of scissors and ask an adult to come and help with the cutting.
The Boomerang Bags project is on target for launch later this year in Orewa.