Five years on, the worldwide Boomerang Bag community has grown to include nearly 300 groups who have made more than 86,000 cloth bags to replace 47 million plastic bags across the world – including Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Phuket, Thailand; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Iceland. Thanks to the growing number of supporters and thousands of dedicated volunteers, Boomerang Bags has now become a global movement of grassroots, community action.
Boomerang Bags are upcycled textiles, made from old clothing, or any fabric fairly (easy to sew) that would otherwise be at the end of its life cycle and end up in landfill.
Boomerang Bags works to reduce the use of plastic bags by engaging local communities to make Boomerang Bags – community made, using recycled materials.
Boomerang Bags provide a free, fun, sustainable alternative to plastic bags. Get involved with these four easy steps:
Step 1) Connect
Boomerang Bags communities are areas in which groups of volunteers get together to make bags. You can be one person or a village. Join a nearby Boomerang Bags community, or get some friends together and start a group of your own.
Step 2) Collect materials
Rummage through the linen closets of family, friends and friends of friends, or clean out your local op-shop for second-hand materials suitable for making bags.
Step 3) Make bags
Get together with above mentioned group and make Boomerang Bags! You can use our templates, or come up with your own designs.
Step 4) Put them to use
The bags can be given away to friends, family, colleagues, the bag-less stranger in front of you at the supermarket. They can be used to wrap presents in or stashed in your car and handbag so that you’re never caught without a reusable bag when you need one.
However you choose to distribute your bags, the most important thing is to ensure that they’re distributed with a message…about waste, about sustainability, about community…make the connection and empower and inspire people to be part of the solutions!
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