Students enjoy Boomerang Bags scheme

BOOMERANG: Parent Abby Thiele and Boomerang Bag pioneer Chelsea Leech with Samaritan College students and their Boomerang Bags they made out of old T-shirts.
BOOMERANG: Parent Abby Thiele and Boomerang Bag pioneer Chelsea Leech with Samaritan College students and their Boomerang Bags they made out of old T-shirts.

Students have been put to work, saving our planet one re-usable bag at a time.

The Boomerang Bag initiative, promoted by zero waste warrior Chelsea Leech, has hit the ground running at Samaritan College Our Lady's campus.

"Boomerang Bags is an exciting community project that focuses on encouraging people to refuse plastic bags and use fabric re-usable bags instead," Ms Leech said.

"I got involved with the project after reading about it online and bought the community starter kit."

Students in 3/4 Baker/Edwards as well as Student Representative Council members brought in old T-shirts to make Boomerang Bags with Chelsea's help.

They enjoyed making the bags and even made hangers to remind them to take them when they leave the house.

"I had a great time learning from Mrs Leech," said student Chloe Baker.  

"She reminded us how important it is to not use plastic bags and to take our own to the shops."

"I hope my family uses my bag when we go to the shops so we don’t put more plastic waste into our earth," student Hudson Thiele said.

With more than 100 bags ready to go out into the community, Chelsea now aims to run workshops with other schools and community groups.

For more information on how your school or group could get involved in this great initiative, please visit the Zero Waste Whyalla Facebook page.

"I would love to have a box of Boomerang Bags out the front of a supermarket in Whyalla," Chelsea said.