Boomerang Bags Maryborough member and Maryborough State High School art teacher Sharyn Honey has recruited a dedicated team of high school students (from back left clockwise) Loganne Forbes, Jordyn Kelly, Channing Hancock, Maddison-Rose Ryan and Hayley Bryson to help make reuseable fabric bags from materials that would normally end up in landfill.
Boomerang Bags Maryborough member and Maryborough State High School art teacher Sharyn Honey has recruited a dedicated team of high school students (from back left clockwise) Loganne Forbes, Jordyn Kelly, Channing Hancock, Maddison-Rose Ryan and Hayley Bryson to help make reuseable fabric bags from materials that would normally end up in landfill. Boni Holmes

Sewing bee for eco bags needs volunteers

Sharyn Honey is hoping to bag a few more volunteers before the single-use plastic bag ban comes into affect.

The Boomerang Bags Maryborough administrator said they were not just about a bag, but a way of life.

"We need to change the amount of plastic we use and throw away every day," she said.

"People need to stop and think about where the planet is heading in the future and take some control over their own contribution to environmental impact.

"This is not just use of plastic bags, but also clothing and fabrics which are unsustainable to the environment."

Sharyn said while at the Hand Made Market in Hervey Bay recently she enquired to shoppers whether they were ready for July 1.

"I think it will hit them - they may not realise that businesses won't be handing plastic bags out any more.

"Some of my friends I have managed to change their mind-set and now always have a spare bag in their handbag."

As the senior art teacher at Maryborough High Sharyn has gotten a number of junior students working diligently throughout year.

"We meet every Monday at morning tea, tying the no-sew bags for the Food Basket and Lifeline shops.

"These are made from recycled t-shirts and singlets, which prevents them ending up in land-fill.

"I began this project with the students, after working with the Boomerang Bags Maryborough not-for-profit group, made up of volunteers who sew the bags."

 

Some of the vege bags made with curtains created by the members of Boomerang Bags Maryborough to use instead of single use plastic bags.
Some of the vege bags made with curtains created by the members of Boomerang Bags Maryborough to use instead of single use plastic bags. contributed

Boomerang Bags Maryborough meet on the second Saturday of each month at the Leslie G Ross Church Hall on Russell St.

The group were meeting for a sewing bee on Saturday, June 9 from 9am-noon.

"We are keen to welcome new sewers to the group, who can sew at home and deliver completed bags to me for distribution," Sharyn said.

Donations of useable recycled fabrics were also welcome, as long as it is not stained or worn out.

Items such as linen, sheets, doona covers, pillowcases, t-shirts, men's button-down shirts, men's ties, placemats or fabric table napkins were all useable.

Mesh curtains can be used to create produce bags.

Even if you have some new fabric lying around that you don't intend to use, they can make use of it.

Donations of fabrics will be accepted at the sewing bees, at the high school.

Sharyn said she also welcomed those volunteers who want to learn to make them and then sew them at home .

"You don't need to come to the sewing bees," she said.

"It is just a matter of having some spare time to zip some up and then drop them off.

"I have just numbered bag number 400 - which is pretty awesome."

There were a number of places where the bags were selling including Lifeline, Food Basket and at the Earth Wrapping stall at the Thursday markets.

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DETAILS

There will be a sewing bee held on Saturday, June 9 from 9am-noon at the Leslie G Ross Church Hall, Russell St, Maryborough. The next sewing bee will be July 14.