Lithgow's very own Boomerang bag group is starting a sewing bee

Students from CSU creating their own Boomerang Bags to help the environment.
Students from CSU creating their own Boomerang Bags to help the environment.

Lithgow Boomerang Bags is having its first sewing bee on Tuesday, March 13 from 10.30am-2.30pm in the hall next to St Paul’s Church in Roy Street, Lithgow.  

Boomerang Bags is a community initiative aimed at reducing the use of plastic bags. With second hand material the group creates decorative shopping bags. 

Group coordinator Carol Stevens said that local volunteers get together and use donated second hand fabric to sew re-usable ‘Boomerang Bags’ as a fun, sustainable alternative to plastic bags.

“They are handed out free via local businesses, anywhere that might otherwise use a plastic bag,” she said. 

Carol first heard about Boomerang bags on an episode of the Project earlier this year when they did a feature on Jordyn de Boer and Tania Potts who started Boomerang Bags in their hometown of Burleigh Heads in 2013. 

Carol then got in contact with Jordyn and Tania who were instrumental in helping her get started with patterns for the bag and the Boomerang Bag logo. 

“I found that there was a Boomerang Bags group in Blackheath and one in Bathurst, but none in the Greater Lithgow area, so I thought it would be a great to start one for us in Lithgow,” Carol said.  

The group is looking for volunteers of all ages and you don’t have to be an expert to join. Other jobs include cutting, ironing, printing, pinning and more. 

“It will be a great opportunity for people of all ages to get together to have a positive impact on our local environment,” she said. 

The group is also looking for donations of second hand materials. For more information, call Carol Stevens on 0424 552 849.