Sunbury residents are being encouraged to stop using plastic bags.

Six months ago, Melyssa Edmonds and Bernadette Hetherington started a Sunbury branch of the international Boomerang Bags initiative – and now their first bags are ready to circulate in the community.

Using donated fabric and with the help of local volunteers, the pair have sewn about 400 bags that will be launched at their Sewing in the Street party this weekend.

From Saturday, the bags will be located at Sunbury Fruit Market at 63 O’Shanassy Street and available for anyone to use.

Ms Edmonds said the bags offered shoppers a free alternative to plastic.

“If they’ve forgotten to bring their green bags with them, they can pick up one of our Boomerang Bags instead,” she said.

The Boomerang Bags’ Sewing in the Street party will run from 10am-1pm on Saturday, October 28. Locals are invited to bring their sewing machines for a social sewing session outside Sunbury Fruit Market. Donations of fabric, including doonas and sheets, are also needed.