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Boomerang Bags Motueka

A community project to make free, reusable take-and-return cloth bags has begun, and their availability in High Street shops will be launched early in April.

An Australian initiative (hence the term "boomerang"), it is taking off in New Zealand as well. And a group of Motueka people, with the umbrella support of Vision Motueka adds one further Kiwi town to the movement - the fourth town in NZ and the first in the South Island.

Vision Motueka trustee Claire Hutt is one of the Boomerang Bags Motueka team. She says their aim is to launch and showcase the first set of bags at a stall at the upcoming Kai Fest being held at Decks Reserve on Sunday 9th April.

"Ever gone shopping and forgotten your reusable bag or are you just fed up with one use plastic bags?" she says. "Boomerang Bags is an initiative aimed at reducing the use of plastic bags by engaging communities in making re-useable cloth bags as a fun, sustainable alternative.

"Each Boomerang Bag is handmade by volunteers from the local community using donated, second-hand materials, keeping the initiative local and sustainable. Bags are distributed to local businesses and markets for people to use and return."

They can be returned at a later date to bins at participating shops, or simply used again the next time you go shopping in town.

The first job is to gather used or scrap fabrics and threads. Then there will also be community sewing bees, where volunteers can help with cutting materials, pinning, ironing, screen printing and sewing.

Finally to make it work, retailers with space should host Boomerang Bag Bins. Businesses in town interested in being a Boomerang Bin holder should contact to book a bin.

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