Community project to rid Whitianga of plastic bagsSave
Old sheets, duvet covers, and second-hand clothing is getting a new lease on life as Whitianga volunteers rally to rid the town of plastic bags.
And they're replacing them with bags made from recycled materials
It's an idea that Whitianga newcomer Mira Cohen first saw overseas and on social media.
She gained the support from her colleagues at Whitianga Community Services to start the so-called boomerang project.
"The concept around it is that the community get together to make the bags. We put them in a big box outside the supermarket or wherever it is and people can take the bag and then it boomerangs back either to that shop or it could be in another country as they are all over the world."
The bags don't cost anything as they are made from recycled materials and volunteers give up their time to construct them.
To make the bags Ron Connell cuts the fabric in bulk at his man cave at home.
"It makes it a lot easier than a lot of girls with scissors trying to cut these out one piece at a time."
He says he doesn't mind putting aside time for a worthy cause.
"I'll just keep cutting as much as they want, I've got time."