Next sewing bee a 24hr ‘Bag-a-Thon’

Flag the Bag sewing bee participants show off their efforts to reduce plastic bag usage in Gisborne. Pictured from the back left are: Leigh Rutherford, Glenda Smith, Pascale Delos and organiser Jo Shand; from the front: Olive Rutherford, Diane Taylor, Katy Wallace, Ro Darrall and Darnelle Timbs. Pictures by Liam Clayton
In training for the environment: Flag the bag sewing bee organisers, Jo Shand and Katy Wallace, preparing for the 24 hour ‘bag-a-thon’ as part of Plastic- Free July. Picture by Liam Clayton


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A community group has a goal to eliminate plastic bag use throughout Gisborne.

Plastic Bag-Free Tairawhiti run the “Flag the Bag” initiative which operates on a return system, where shoppers can choose to grab a reusable hessian bag if they have forgotten their own, or in place of a plastic one.

A monthly sewing bee attracts a dedicated group of around 15-20 people who meet at the Tairawhiti Environment Centre and sew the reusable bags using donated fabric.

Plastic Bag-Free Tairawhiti member Jo Shand said the important thing was more reusable bags would find their way into the community.

“These sewing bees are a great chance to get together with like-minded folk who have an interest in the environment. Cups of tea, biscuits and lots of laughs are also a bonus.

“We encourage anyone interested to get in touch via our Facebook page and come along to help make new bags.

“People with spare reusable bags floating around at home or in the boot of their car can also just drop them in, which is a huge help.”

The sewing bee held at the weekend was focused on preparing for the 24-hour “bag-a-thon” coming up in July.

“The goal for this event is to create over 400 reusable bags for the community over a 24 hour period,” said Ms Shand.

The “bag-a-thon” is scheduled for July 13-14 and will be at Ka Pai Kaiti in the Kaiti Mall.

“All members of the public are welcome and if you don’t own a sewing machine, there is always plenty of cutting and ironing to be done,” said Ms Shand.

A community group has a goal to eliminate plastic bag use throughout Gisborne.

Plastic Bag-Free Tairawhiti run the “Flag the Bag” initiative which operates on a return system, where shoppers can choose to grab a reusable hessian bag if they have forgotten their own, or in place of a plastic one.

A monthly sewing bee attracts a dedicated group of around 15-20 people who meet at the Tairawhiti Environment Centre and sew the reusable bags using donated fabric.

Plastic Bag-Free Tairawhiti member Jo Shand said the important thing was more reusable bags would find their way into the community.

“These sewing bees are a great chance to get together with like-minded folk who have an interest in the environment. Cups of tea, biscuits and lots of laughs are also a bonus.

“We encourage anyone interested to get in touch via our Facebook page and come along to help make new bags.

“People with spare reusable bags floating around at home or in the boot of their car can also just drop them in, which is a huge help.”

The sewing bee held at the weekend was focused on preparing for the 24-hour “bag-a-thon” coming up in July.

“The goal for this event is to create over 400 reusable bags for the community over a 24 hour period,” said Ms Shand.

The “bag-a-thon” is scheduled for July 13-14 and will be at Ka Pai Kaiti in the Kaiti Mall.

“All members of the public are welcome and if you don’t own a sewing machine, there is always plenty of cutting and ironing to be done,” said Ms Shand.

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