In 2013 two young women in Burleigh Heads had a conversation about plastic bag pollution and Boomerang Bags resulted. Now, from Australia to Iceland more than 1000 communities make Boomerang Bags and apart from reducing pollution, huge amounts of fabric have been diverted from landfill.
For the past two years, a small group of sewing machine eco-warriors have been meeting in Riverside Gardens' 'Green Shed' and recently the seven-hundredth bag rolled off the production line.
All bags are not created equal, though ... with some made especially for blokes.
Bev Atkinson is one of the Green Shedders and she explains: "We received an enquiry from a man who wanted bags that weren't feminine - most of the fabric that is donated to us is dress fabric. So we decided to add 'Blokes Boomerang Bags' to our Green Shed range."
The group have also made library bags, a 'scooter' flag and recently gave 40 bags to delegates at a University conference. They also make pet beds from left over scraps and threads, which are given to the Pound at Macksville.
Bev said the Green Shed, located at Riverside Gardens, was part of the variety of activities that Nambucca Valley Care offered to residents.
The Boomerang Bags made here use recycled and donated fabrics and all workers are volunteers, so they are able to provide the bags free of charge.
You will find the Green Shedders and their bags at some of the Nambucca Valley's markets. For more information phone Bev Atkinson on 6598 5000 and leave a message or email firstname.lastname@example.org.