Boomerang Bags: One Problem, One Idea, Three Great Outcomes

How do you tackle plastic pollution, material waste and social isolation in one fell swoop?  That’s a problem that Jordyn de Boer and Tania Potts are helping to solve, fuelled by a burning desire to tackle plastic pollution at its source.

Initially, they decided that, providing people with reusable bags, seemed like a good place to start to reduce single-use plastics, and fostering sustainable behaviour.

However, when they discovered that there were no manufacturers of reusable bags in Australia, in typical entrepreneurial fashion, they decided to do it themselves.

Boomerang Bags

However, there was one problem, neither of them could sew.  So, not to be deterred, they called upon the help of friends and the local community to collect fabric and make the bags.  And, that is how Boomerang Bags was born.

From a grassroots movement tackling plastic pollution at its source,  volunteers from all fabrics of society now get together to collect pre-loved or post-consumer material, and turn it into reusable bags.

Community ‘working bees’ provide a wonderful opportunity to connect, share, socialise, have a laugh, as well as learn a thing or two about the issues surrounding plastic pollution and what can be done about it.

Community Projects tackling loneliness

The bags are distributed to family, friends, schools, colleagues, or bagless strangers at the supermarket, as a sustainable alternative to plastic bags.  It’s a great way to start conversations and raise more awareness.

What’s Happened Since 2014

Boomerang Bags has spread into over 900 communities across 23 countries.  It provides community groups, schools, businesses and individuals with the tools, resources and guidance, so that the project can be adapted and implemented anywhere in the world

A Few Facts

Plastic pollution is a global threat, not only to our oceans and natural ecosystems, but to human health.

Material Waste: Australian’s send 85% of textiles to landfill each year. Boomerang Bags works only with post-consumer materials, giving some of this textile waste a second-life as a useable product.

Mental health/social isolation: Anyone can get involved in the project. It provides an opportunity for people to volunteer and connect with other like-minded people, share stories, find purpose and have fun!

What Can You Do?

Find a community near you to volunteer or donate materials, or start a new community in your local town or school! Details are on the Boomerang Bags website.

 

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In 2013, Tania and Jordyn started a conversation about plastic… how it was overflowing landfills, floating in the oceans, strangling marine life and causing all sorts of trouble. So what could they do about it?

The answer stared them in the face.  From the one million plastic bags being used every minute, the 10.46 million of tonnes of fabric waste created each year, and the willingness and generosity of other people from all fabr...
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200,000 boomerang bags made
60,000kg of material waste saved
900 communities

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