FISH Creek and District Primary School held a sewing day for the students of grades five and six last Friday. Parents, friends and the wider community were also invited to participate, with the aim of making ‘Boomerang Bags.’
‘Boomerang Bags’ is a nationwide community-driven initiative tackling plastic pollution at the grassroots level. Dedicated schools, community groups, businesses and volunteers get together to make re-useable ‘Boomerang Bags’ using recycled materials as a means to replace plastic bags.
At Fish Creek on Friday there were some visitors from the Inverloch district who are hoping to introduce Boomerang Bags to the Inverloch community.
Fish Creek parent Natalie Oudyn coordinated the Boomerang Bag project at Fish Creek. She said that after watching videos showing the impact of rubbish, plastic in particular, on the planet, the children were keen to play a part in reducing rubbish.
The school’s Coastal Ambassadors have been playing a key role in conveying the anti-plastic message.
The children and their parent helpers made a great start on their Boomerang Bags last Friday.
Using material donated to the school – recycled pillow slips were particularly handy – they cut bags and handles, sewed busily, stamped labels and ironed the finished products. They ended up with an abundance of colourful bags, all bearing the Boomerang message of ‘borrow and bring back.’
Boomerang Bags will be available to be borrowed from the Fish Creek General Store and hopefully other local businesses. Eventually maybe plastic bags will become a thing of the past in Fish Creek.