Since the phasing out of single use plastic bags by Woolworths and Coles at end of June 2018, many customers have experienced difficulties in changing their shopping behaviour. Gordon Centre and Gordon Village Arcade have partnered with Boomerang Bags to provide free, reusable bags as part of the Borrow A Bag program.
The Borrow A Bag program was initiated due to many shoppers consistently forgetting to bring their re- usable bags with them from their home or car. This left many faced with the decision to carry their groceries out of the supermarket by hand or needing to purchase higher cost enviro bags.
Boomerang Bags is supported by the Ku-ring-gai Council with members of the program volunteering their time to create beautifully unique and functional bags from donated/recycled materials like old jeans, dresses etc. Volunteers then stitch together the various fabrics as well as the ‘Boomerang Bags’ logo to complete the process.
Boomerang Bags is a not for profit organisation with 860 communities nationwide, including one in the heart of Gordon. To date nationally over 205,603 bags have been made and over 62,000kgs of waste has been diverted from landfill.
Rhys Simonds, Marketing Manager said, “By transforming a blank wall into the ‘Borrow A Bag’ program, locals have been quick to adopt this initiative. Shoppers simply grab a bag and re-use or return on their next trip, it’s that easy.”
On Friday 26 October, volunteers from Boomerang Bags will be holding a ‘sewing session’ at Gordon Centre, inviting locals to discover how the bags are made, the benefits from recycling as well as share details on how to volunteer and help make a difference in the community. The Borrow A Bag wall is located at the pedestrian access ramp between the P1 car park and ground floor.
For further details visit www.gordoncentre.com.au