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Boomerang bags community sewing bee planned in Sackville

EOS Eco-Energy and the Sackville Art Hive are teaming up this Earth Day to bring Boomerang Bags to Sackville.
EOS Eco-Energy and the Sackville Art Hive are teaming up this Earth Day to bring Boomerang Bags to Sackville. - morguefile.com

Initiative aims reduce use of plastic bags

SACKVILLE, N.B.— Boomerang Bags is an initiative aimed at reducing the use of plastic bags by engaging communities in making re-useable ‘Boomerang Bags’ as a fun, sustainable alternative. Each Boomerang Bag is handmade by volunteers using donated, second-hand materials. Started in Australia, Boomerang Bags now spans across 600 communities worldwide.

EOS Eco-Energy and Sackville Art Hive are teaming up this Earth Day to bring Boomerang Bags to Sackville. A community sewing bee will be held on Sunday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Bill Johnstone Park House. Members of the community to join organizers for an hour or two. The ability to sew is not important, as all sorts of volunteers are needed to cut fabric, iron, pin, sew, organize materials or help out with the kids’ table.

For the kids, organizers will have reusable bags sewn from old t-shirts that they can decorate with fabric pens. These bags are theirs to keep.

The rest of the Boomerang Bags will be distributed in select stores around Sackville. Individuals who forget a reusable bag and find themselves downtown shopping are welcome to borrow a bag and return it at their convenience. Once made, Boomerang Bags can be boomerang’d to friends, family, colleagues or the bagless stranger in line at the supermarket. The possibilities are endless.

The first working bee for making Boomerang Bags for the Sackville is Saturday, April 22, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Bill Johnstone Park Field House, Sackville.

Light refreshments will be provided, but participants are urged to bring their own lunch.

For more information, contact Shoshanna Wingate, education and communications coordinator of EOS Eco-Energy at 506-536-4487 or education.eos@nb.aibn.com.

EOS Eco-Energy Inc is a non-profit organization based in Sackville. It serves the Tantramar region with research, action and education projects on climate change and energy issues. Funding for this event was provided by the New Brunswick Environmental Trust Fund.

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