Boomerang Bags are set to sew waves of awareness across the Gold Coast. First stop Burleigh Heads.
Tania Potts and Jordyn de Boer, two creative environmentalists have founded Boomerang Bags with the goal of reducing the use of plastic bags around the much-adored village.
Hand-stamped with ‘borrow and bring back’, 2000 hand-sewn, reusable bags will be distributed through retail stores in Burleigh for people to use when they’ve forgotten to bring their own. They’re free, they’re sustainable and they’re expected to have a big impact on environmental awareness.
Tania says there’s been an overwhelming level of community support.
“A dynamic group of volunteers, young and old, have been attending weekly sweing bees and have collectively sewn 2000 bag ready to distribute,” she said.
Nearly 200 volunteers have contributed to sewing the bags. But as well as the volunteers, the program has had support from local businesses, Council, schools and the Burleigh community.
Burleigh Brewing Company is one local company throwing their weight behind the program. As well as nominating Boomerang Bags as the beneficiary for one of their Brewery Bashes, they also donate their used malt bags which volunteers then turn into reusable bags which are in turn sold at the brewery, with funds going back into the program.
“The program offers the opportunity for a wide and diverse range of Gold Coasters to volunteer their time, energy and respective skills to fostering a better, cleaner and greener Gold Coast for all of us to enjoy,” Burleigh Brewery CEO Peta Fielding said.
Although the program is yet to be launched (see below for launch event details), there’s already quite a bit of anticipation for the program’s roll-out through Burleigh and possibly further afield. And last week the project was announced as a finalist for a Healthy Waterways Award.
Simon Warner, CEO SEQ Catchments recently acknowledged the initiative as an important step for the community to lead sustainable choices for the environment.
“These bags allow the community to take the lead on reducing waste and pollution. It’s a great idea and hopefully will spread across the country,” Simon said.
Boomerang Bags will launch in James Street, Burleigh on Saturday 31 May from 11.00am. Live music and food is then on offer in Memorial Park (next to the Bowls Club) from 2.00pm. Get more information at boomerangbags.org or on Facebook (@boomerangbags).
Vote for Boomerang Bags in the People’s Choice Awards at healthywaterwaysawards.org/award/peoples-choice-award/.