Let’s make Eastbourne plastic-bag free!
May 2018 : Boomerang Bags & their Future
We’re now at 621 Borrow and Bring Back, Boomerang Bags. We seem to have settled down now with a good ebb and flow of bags available in the crates – on average there are around 70 odd in the crates at any one time. Articles in the Dominion Post and in the Eastbourne Herald have helped explain the recycling of bags to people who might have thought they were to keep.
Lots of great conversations are starting around our plastic bag habits and a great response from the community to the initiative in general.
A hot tip for remembering to return your bag: put your wallet and keys in it – that way it’ll at least make it out the door with you!
We are taking a break from sewing bees this month as both Mary and I are away. We will be getting back into the swing of things again in June. Our next target is to make it to 1000 bags. People are welcome to come along and make their own bags from our fabric stash – with assistance if needed.
Genevieve firstname.lastname@example.org; Mary 027 664 7661 / 562 7554
Genevieve Packer & Mary Ryan
We are at about 550 finished Borrow and Bring Back bags - an amazing effort from a small group of incredible women volunteers.
We also have a handful of Bought to Support bags that will be available for sale at $15 each from the Deli as well as directly through the Facebook page. All funds from the sale of these bags goes directly back into the kitty to cover the cost of screens, ink, cutting blades, thread, signage and crates.
We are looking forward to launching and taking a break from weekly sewing bees. We hope the community gets behind the idea of the bags, and borrow, and BRING BACK! We hope it helps raise awareness and acts as a reminder for people to bring their own cloth bags. We would love to become obsolete!
Participating retailers: Four Square, Marmalade Deli, Fruit and Vege, Library, Eastbourne Meat, Ponders, Eastbourne Pharmacy. There will be crates in the Four Square Foyer, at the Fruit and Vege and between the pharmacy and butcher. The other retailers will have a small stash in their shops.
Thanks to the Menzshed for making the awesome crates and the Eastbourne Lions and Tommy’s for some financial support. And of course St Ronan’s for the hall usage!
Progress: We’ve now finished 407 Boomerang Bags. It’s not so far to go now to make it up to 500!
Weekly sewing bees continue on Wednesday nights 7-9pm – all welcome. BYO machine if you’re a sewer or just come along for non-sewing tasks. Heaps of ironing, pinning, cutting and more ironing.
Launch: We’re looking at launching towards the end of March. We’ve got retail signage and displays underway.
Bought to support: Now for something slightly different. In the next few weeks, we will begin selling Bought to Support bags (see blue logo, right). These beautiful Bought to Support bags will allow people to have their very own, locally-made special Boomerang Bag, while also supporting the Boomerang Bag concept by helping cover some of the costs.
Update for February 2018
We’re aiming for a launch sometime late February / early March – when we’ve hit 500 bags.
Once out there, bag numbers will have to be maintained, repairs made etc, so our Wednesday-night sessions will be ongoing for the foreseeable future.
Wanted: Fabric and thread donations. Please drop these off at the library or at St Ronan’s (box in the hall).
Working bees at St Ronan’s:
Come along and meet your community, have a laugh and contribute to an awesome cause. We hope you enjoy seeing your fabric turned into bags - there are some beauties! Come with a sewing machine if you can. There are also plenty of non-sewing jobs (ironing, pinning, cutting and more ironing). And we welcome any refreshment contributions - baking, sweet/savoury treats, wine etc…
Wed 22 November 7-9pm Sun 26 November 2-4pm
Sun 3 December 2-4pm Wed 6 December 7-9pm Wed 20 December 7-9pm
Sun 14 January 2-4pm Wed 17 January 7-9pm Sun 21 January 2-4pm Wed 31 January 7-9pm
Wed 7 February 7-9pm
Can’t make it to a bee? We have take-home bag kits available for collection (cut bags, straps, printed pockets and instructions). We aim to launch in Feb/March with 500 bags. We already have several hundred on the go, so we’ll make this target OK.