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Posted in environment, fremantle, growers green markets, recycling, Uncategorized by freoview on June 16, 2017


Boomerang Bags


The Fremantle Growers Green Farmers Market have taken on the challenge of banning plastic bags in the market and will join the Boomerang Bags project this Sunday. 

Boomerang Bags is a not-for-profit organisation whose aim is to reduce the use of plastic bags by engaging local communities to make re-usable (or boomerang) bags out of recycled material. It was only launched 3 years ago, and already 85,953+ Boomerang Bags have been made which has reduced plastic bag use by around 47 Million!

There are already 273+ Boomerang Bags Communities underway with Fremantle now joining the cause.

Growers Green  have been trying to educate the stallholders, and most are on board but plastic continues to come into the market. This is mostly due to lack of planning, forgetting to bring your own bags for shopping, or spontaneously deciding to buy a few things. 

The organisers aim is to make 1000 Boomerang Bags for Fremantle to really make an impact and be as handy and accessible as the plastic bag. The important thing is they are free for the shop and free for the customer. Shoppers will be offered free-to-borrow, re-usable bags made by volunteers.

It has been reported that Australian consumers use about 3.92 billion plastic bags per year, and it’s up to all of us to make a difference for the health of our environment and the animal life we impact.

Boomerang Bags Fremantle are hoping that sewing groups, social groups, students and community members can help with this wonderful initiative and join on Sundays  for bag making; or create their own bags to donate. All bags must be made from recycled fabric and there is a silk screen available for branding the bags.

The market is on every Sunday from 8 am to midday at Annie Street in Beaconsfield.


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  1. freoview said, on June 17, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    Yes or BID could do that.


  2. freoview said, on June 17, 2017 at 11:58 am

    A very folksy Fremantle response, Roel, and I hope that thousands of our citizens will soon be sitting at home making sturdy plastic bags, but 1000 bags won’t go very far. Just spend ten minutes in a supermarket and watch that many go out the door.
    We were in France last year when the national ban came into effect. You won’t even be offered a plastic bag in a French shop. Consequently, shoppers take their own bags, of which a great variety is available. They are commonly of sturdy plastic, fold flat but stand up when unfolded, like high-end fashion shop bags. They carry the names of the big shops that will sell them to you, but some promote the merits of the local town. Hence I suggested to Brad that Fremantle introduces the Fremantle Bag (or FreoSac if you prefer) emblazoned with lovely photos (yours) of Fremantle. He responded that they were thinking of the Boomerang Bag solution, worthy but scarcely adequate. Of course if the bags ever get banned the market will fill in the gap, but Fremantle (or the Chamber of Commerce) has a chance to get in first. They could have 100,000 in circulation in a month.


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