Community takes a stand against plastic bags

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With the two big supermarket chains to phase out single use plastic bags in the coming weeks, one town in Greater Bendigo is going a step further and going entirely plastic bag free.

Elmore community members have been working closely with Loddon Mallee Waste and Resource Recovery Group to eliminate plastic bags from shops within Elmore. The plastic bag free community launch will be held on Friday June 15 at Campaspe Run.

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Another great local initiative is Boomerang Bags Bendigo, run through the Bendigo Sustainability Group. Volunteers get together to make re-useable ‘boomerang bags’ using recycled materials, which shoppers can borrow and then return.

Since starting in Australia in 2013, Boomerang Bags has become a global movement, with hundreds of communities all over the world.   

Volunteers have already sewn nearly 1500 bags for the people of Bendigo. Boomerang Bags are now located at the Bendigo Student Association, The Old Church on the Hill Community Pantry, Bendigo Wholefoods, Organics Bendigo, Freedom Bakery and the monthly Bendigo Community Farmer's Market.

Sewing bees are held on the third Sunday of every month and everyone is welcome. Fabric donations and volunteer sewers are always welcome. To get involved contact