What goes around comes around – that’s what a group of Sunbury crafters hope will happen as they try to find a fix for plastic bag pollution in the town.
Volunteers for Boomerang Bags Sunbury are creating fabric alternatives to the plastic carry bag.
They hope shoppers who forget to bring their own bag will take to using an environmentally friendly option for free, so long as they wash it and return it on their next visit.
Organiser Melyssa Edmonds says a series of sewing bees are being held on the first Saturday of every month and they hope the bags will be available for use in local stores later this year.
“We’re encouraging local business and retailers to consider stocking a pile of the home-made bags near the checkout,” she says.
“We’ll be encouraging community members to take one of these bags instead of the plastic bag they would normally get in the shop.”
She says more volunteers are needed if the target of 200 bags is to be met by July.
“It’s a community environmental initiative and I wanted to get involved because I’m passionate about the environment,” she says.
“It’s great to be a part of the community and you meet lots of new people.”