The EACH Youth Boomerang Bags Community was born out of another group called ‘Your Voice’, which empowers young people to have a voice in the community and make positive change. The group were given an opportunity to start a new project and decided on Boomerang Bags.
Boomerang Bags are fabric shopping bags made from second-hand donated material. The initiative diverts plastic and fabric waste while connecting communities and fostering sustainable behaviour.
The group facilitator, EACH Youth and Family worker Julie, sought funds to get the project off the ground. She applied for a small grant, reached out to the EACH community, found a space to gather and collected all the resources needed to begin sewing: sewing machines, overlockers, second hand fabric, scissors and cutting boards.
Together the group learnt to sew from scratch and completed their first bag in July 2018. Since then they have sewn more than 200 bags, and saved over 60 kilos of fabric from landfill. The bags are placed at various EACH sites and offered on a “pay as you feel” basis. All the money raised goes back to the group, helping them access other workshops.
The group is a safe place that celebrates diversity, is social and supportive, ecologically minded and appreciates creativity. The conversations often revolve around sharing tips on how to reduce consumption and
contribute to the health of the community and the environment.
For more information on this group, contact our Youth & Family Team on 9871 1802 or at youthandfamilyvic@EACH.com.au.
For more information about Boomerang Bags go to: http://boomerangbags.org.