This action group of BSFG has been fairly active in the last few months making upcycled fabric bags in an effort to encourage the use of reusable bags and to create a thought process about our consumption of plastics. An enthusiastic and passionate team have been hard at work sourcing unwanted clean fabric; cutting fabric to size; and then sewing the bags. Working bees have been held fortnightly at the Drill Hall.
The next session will be held on 19th December from 12.30pm until 3.30pm
All are welcome. No sewing skills are necessary as we also require cutters, ironers, and fabric matchers.
We had a very successful sell day at the BSFG stall at the Day in the Gardens Market and we continue to sell the bags for $5 each. Any monies raised will go back in to the project to support our plastic reduction goal.
I would like to thank the local businesses that are stocking the bags. These businesses are One Wild Apple Cafe, Leading Edge Books, Blooms on Bridge, Samaria Farm and the BSFG Bulk Food Co-op. If you know of any other business that would be interested in selling them please let me know.
I would also like to thank the team of hard working individuals, whether you are a fabric finder, a cutter, ironer, salesperson or seamstress. We have a great team who encourages each other; has a laugh and good chat when we get together; and is also very productive. We have a great team who encourages each other; has a laugh and good chat when we get together; and is also very productive. We are also very passionate about reducing the amount of plastic used in our community. Thank you all.
I know that several of the bags have been sent internationally and are being used for Christmas presents in lieu of wrapping paper. Please support the businesses who are stocking them.
If you would like to help in any way please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Plastic Wise Benalla
This item was first published in the December 2017 BSFG Newsletter.
Tuesdays, September 26, October 10, October 24, November 7, November 21, December 5, December 19, 12.30 to 3.30 pm: Plastic Wise Benalla, under the auspice of the Benalla Sustainable Future Group, is working towards reducing the impact of single use plastic on our community.
Upcycled bags are sewn with love by community volunteers,
Working bees are held Tuesdays, 12.30 pm to 3.30 pm, at the Benalla Drill Hall.
Anyone is welcome to come along and help create bags for our community, all help is appreciated. No sewing necessary - the commmunity group also needs help with cutting, sourcing material, ironing and pinning - there's plenty to do for all skill levels!
Other options for support include sew-at-home kits; donations (sturdy material suitable for bags such as calico, curtains and tablecloths, and cotton for sewing up the bags). Purchases will be available as well shortly for $5, with all proceeds going back into the community.
Source: Benalla Ensign, Wednesday September 20, 2017 p 12
We are making some progress with our Plastic Sub-committee. We recently had our first 'bag making session' where we are upcycling scrap/waste material into very trendy bags. We are not calling them boomerang bags but obviously a similar type of thing. We intend to sell them at various outlets and to our friends for $2 to $3. Haven't decided on the price yet.
We are investigating how to promote this on social media. Ideas include linking "Plastic Wise Benalla' on the BSFG website and setting up our own facebook page. BSFG will be the overarching body for our Group, Plastic Wise Benalla. We have our own logo which is based around that used in by the Indigo Shire Groups.
Jason, Fabio Industries, has screen printed our first batch of pockets for free. And the Council have provided us with a room at the Drill Hall for free for bag making sessions each fortnight for the next 2 months.
It is great that we are creating some community action about this issue and some wonderful helpers have been recruited. We have started off small just to get ourselves organised. We have several people who are very willing to sew at home which is great.
Any donations of heavy duty fabric, curtains/tablecloths, and not so heavy duty (for a contrast), and calico will be gratefully accepted.
Plastic Free July is an international initiative developed by a Perth council to raise awareness of the amount of plastic in our lives. The challenge is to refuse single use plastic during July.
Some of you may think it is too difficult to stop using plastic. It is. Plastic is ubiquitous and it is made to last a very long time. It is packaged around our food. Some would even say it has started to become a part of our food. It is in our make-up and personal hygiene products. It is in our clothing.
However, if we put in a little thought and effort we all can reduce our usage of plastic. I have been concerned about the impact of plastics on the environment for years. This concern was heightened on a recent trip to Sri Lanka where I was totally disheartened by the rubbish on the beaches, in the ocean and on the streets. Waste reduction is a global responsibility.
Some ideas to aid in this challenge would be to:
Continue the challenge if travelling:
Think- Reduce, Reuse, Refuse, Rethink, Repair.
If we are all a little wiser with our purchases and consumption habits, a cleaner and healthier environment will follow.
For more ideas and to accept the challenge go to www.plasticfreejuly.org
Choose to Refuse.
Source: Baker, W 'Ecoportal' http://ecoportal.net.au/plastic-free-july/ 21 July 2017
Maybe you are not ready to give up the plastic altogether but there are some easy ways to make a big difference in reducing the amount of plastic waste that is a huge burden to our environment. Recycling goes some of the way to easing the issue; however it is a much better option to avoid the use of plastic as much as possible.
Bring your own shopping bag
I am thinking hessian is best. Or why not make your own out of left over fabric? In addition to bigger
carryall bags, you can take your own reusable produce bags or don’t use produce bags at all.
Ditch bottled water
Such an easy way to reduce waste. Keep a refillable bottle handy and take it wherever you go. Bottled water is incredibly expensive compared to the tap. Say ‘no’ to bottled water.
BYO Coffee Cup
Coffee Cups are usually lined with a polyethylene making it difficult to be recycled. Take your own refillable cup....you may even get your coffee at a reduced price!!
Choose cardboard over plastic bottles and bags
Try pasta in a box instead of a bag, detergent in a box instead of a bottle. Even better, see if the cardboard is from a sustainable source.
Say ‘no’ to straws
They are just not necessary. Paper or stainless straws are an option. Get plastic out of the makeup drawer and bathroom
Aim for none in your products.
Skip the disposable razor
Re-think your food storage
Try to use glass instead of plastic for fridge/pantry storage. Take your own containers for the left over restaurant meal. Use reusable sandwich wraps e.g.‘Keep Leaf’ eco-friendly bags.
Use cloth nappies over disposable nappies
Shop in Bulk
Consider joining the BSFG Bulk Food Co-op. Keep your eye out for places with refill stations or bulk purchases.
Think about fashion choices
Do you really need another item of clothing? Consider clothes swapping with your friends and family. Check out the Op Shop.
Try to follow the practices you have at home. Carry a lightweight rolled-up reusable carry bag. Purify the tap water – choose to avoid the bottled water. My daughter recently travelled Sri Lanka, India and Nepal for 3 months and used a ‘Steripen’ handheld water purifier....was fantastic, easy to use, saved heaps of dollars, and heaps of plastic bottle waste.
CHOOSE TO REFUSE
Check out the ABC’s “War on Waste”:
And the website for “Plastic Free July”:
Also recommended reading:
BSFG Plastic Bag Action Group
Source BSFG's May Newsletter, 2017
Regular updates on sustainability issues of concern to BSFG members in Benalla and North East Victoria and on key events in the BSFG calendar.