BAGGING A GOOD HABIT: Elaine Nielsen, Julia McNichol, Brooke Summerville, Sal Agnew and Jeannie Williams have all been sewing Stanthorpe's Boomerang Bags.
BAGGING A GOOD HABIT: Elaine Nielsen, Julia McNichol, Brooke Summerville, Sal Agnew and Jeannie Williams have all been sewing Stanthorpe's Boomerang Bags. Liana Turner

Hoping to start a boom for reusable Boomerang Bags

PLASTIC bags are a nuisance.

They're noisy, flimsy and they're often no good after one use - not to mention the countless animal lives put at risk when they're discarded into nature.

Boomerang Bags, a group determined to stamp out the reliance on plastic bags across Australia and the world, has officially launched in Stanthorpe.

A group of volunteer sewers has been working hard in recent months to secure a stockpile of 300 reusable fabric bags.

Stanthorpe woman Brooke Summerville, who has spearheaded the movement on the Granite Belt, said four stores had got on board the scheme.

Customers of Cafe 77, Micky Mae, Gracious Giving and Pure Heaven can now use a Boomerang Bag for their shopping and return it to the store.

Ms Summerville said it was "fantastic” to see Stanthorpe stores get involved with the project.

"It's good to have four shops on board,” she said.

"Someone goes into one of those shops and if they're a local, they can borrow a bag.

"They then return it to that shop or one of the other participating shops.”

She said Pure Heaven and Bridget Bunchy also stocked "keep bags”, which could be purchased, with funds going back into the project.

"We're all volunteers that get together weekly and sew with donations from the community,” she said.

Ms Summerville had high hopes the project would help to change the plastic habits of the region.

"What I'm hoping is that when people realise that a reusable bag is a good alternative to plastic, they can start bringing their own,” she said. "It's a small change in behaviour.

"If someone's given a bag to borrow, then hopefully that's a bit of a trigger for them.”

She said there were more than 50 communities in Australia involved with Boomerang Bags, and there were about 45,000 Boomerang Bags used internationally.

More info: boomerangbags.org.

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