13
July
2018
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A Wodonga enterprise is helping to reduce the big plastic problem, one bag at a time.

Inside the Sustainable Activities Centre, known as SAC, located in the former Albury-Wodonga Gateway Island and visitor information centre, there's volunteers who gather twice a week to cut, iron and stitch together special bags.

These Boomerang Bags are not a new concept but many more people are toting these around to reduce the war on plastic pollution.

Statistics show Australians use about 10 million plastic bags every day, many of which can end up in the environment.

The big supermarket chains recently banned single-use plastic bags in store, encouraging customers to bring their own reusable bags.

“This is a good start to tackling this big issue,” Sustainability Activities Centre Director Claire Greenhalgh said.

Mrs Greenhalgh runs the centre which provides a hub for environmentally beneficial activities.

“We have an active group of people in the North East who are providing local solutions," she said.

“Boomerang Bags are at the forefront of change and over the past 16 months we have seen 2000 Boomerang Bags made here from fabric and distributed to retailers.”

“Since the supermarket ban on single-use plastic bags, we have doubled both the volunteers involved in making these and double the amount of retailers who have come on board.”

SAC volunteer Andrea Palmer encouraged people to come along on Wednesdays or Fridays between 10am and 2pm to take part in creating the bags.

"There's no need to bring anything, we have sewing machines and overlockers," she said.

"There are plenty of jobs, people don't need to have sewing skills as there's lots of cutting and ironing involved."

"For those who are interested, we can teach them how to sew."

Summary

Statistics show Australians use about 10 million plastic bags every day, many of which can end up in the environment. A Wodonga enterprise is helping to reduce the big plastic problem, one bag at a time.

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