Bag a healthy planet
THE progression towards reducing the use of plastic bags has begun, with members of the community developing Boomerang Bags for use around town.
Brooke Summerville is the woman responsible for introducing the idea of plastic bag reduction in Stanthorpe, discussing it last month on social media.
Now, Ms Summerville has officially started planning the introduction of Boomerang Bags, with volunteers meeting last Monday, June 6.
Boomerang Bags work by providing shoppers with a reusable shopping bag.
"It's called boomerang because the idea is that people grab one, use it and bring it back," Ms Summerville said.
Bags are not available just yet, with sewing under way to build up a large collection.
"We're in the initial stage at the moment, which involves rounding up volunteers and making the bags," Ms Summerville said.
"While we've started and we've kicked off the program here and things are in progress, we haven't officially launched it publicly, meaning you can't go into a shop and get a boomerang bag just yet."
The committee is now working towards finding stores interested in participating and working to sew the bags,
The first working bee to make the bags will be held on Tuesday, June 21, at Bridget Bunchy in The Summitt, from 9.30am- 2.30pm, with everyone welcome to attend.
They also hoping to fundraise along the way, including donations of fabric.
"We hope to get fabric donated and, ideally, it would be fabric that has been used in some way - sheets, a doona cover, a pair of jeans - so we aren't using brand new fabric," Ms Summerville said.