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Cutting down on plastic bags: ‘Boomerang bag’ workshop to be held in Yarmouth Oct. 27

Margrit Robinson, secretary of the Yarmouth Environmental Think Tank, organizers of an Oct. 27 workshop on “boomerang bags.”
Margrit Robinson, secretary of the Yarmouth Environmental Think Tank, organizers of an Oct. 27 workshop on “boomerang bags.” - Eric Bourque

YARMOUTH, N.S. – A group in Yarmouth is looking to use old, worn-out clothes to create cloth grocery bags, and they invite anyone interested to attend a workshop on the subject.

The session will be held in the program room at the Yarmouth library Saturday, Oct. 27, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

“We call them boomerang bags – they keep coming back for more groceries,” said Margrit Robinson, secretary of the Yarmouth Environmental Think Tank.

 This is one of YETT’s projects. It’s part of an effort to reduce the amount of plastic being used.

Robinson recalls talking to a friend of hers in Montreal who mentioned something about boomerang bags, an initiative that began in Australia, and she suggested Robinson look into it.

As of Oct. 19, Robinson said about 10 people had expressed an interest in coming out for the Yarmouth workshop on the twenty-seventh, “some who have not been sewing a lot and some who are experienced sewers, and they all want to come and join and help each other.”

Those who would like to attend are asked to bring their sewing machine or they can use one of the machines that will be there. Participants also are asked to bring scissors and some worn-out clothes. Pants are very suitable, event organizers say. Pattern, instructions and help will be provided.

“It’s a fairly simple project that we are trying to do,” Robinson said. “We’re just using worn-out clothes that we can’t even give away ... and get enough solid pieces together, sew them together into a grocery bag that has a similar shape to the plastic bags in the grocery stores.”

Beyond the Oct. 27 workshop, the plan is to have another session Nov. 24. For more information, call 902-742-5542.

As for the group organizing it – the Yarmouth Environmental Think Tank – Robinson said, “We have various other projects on the go and one of the more visible ones was the reduce-your-idling campaign that we did last year.”

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