In 2013, Surfrider Foundation Gold Coast Tweed Branch President, Jordyn de Boer and Tania Potts from Yeskandoo turned their passion for the environment into Boomerang Bags - a bag share program where shopping bags are made out of recycled materials and available for the community to borrow and bring back to reduce the use of plastic shopping bags.
Only a year and a half later they have engaged more than 200 volunteers to make thousands of bags for distribution throughout the Gold Coast. The scheme has been so successful on the Gold Coast other communities around the country are also adopting the program, with projects now in NSW, QLD, VIC and WA.
The initiative involves the installation of bag-share, or Boomerang Bag Boxes throughout a target business district. Each box is stocked with re-useable Boomerang Bags for customers to borrow if they have forgotten their own and return on subsequent visits.
The availability of free, reusable bags reduces the need for single-use plastic bags, and the encouragement to ‘Borrow and Bring Back’ works to foster the sustainable mentality of re-use, thereby reducing plastic bag consumption in the long term. Each Boomerang Bag is hand-made by volunteers from the local community using donated second-hand materials, keeping the initiative local and sustainable.
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