Boomerang Bags initiative gathering pace

THE Boomerang Bag initiative is gathering strength in Lyme Regis and Uplyme.

The initiative was launched at the end of 2019, allowing shoppers to borrow re-useable fabric bags from participating businesses to reduce the amount plastic bags used in the town.

To help and remind people how easy the scheme is, organisers from Plastic Free Lyme Regis have launched a social media campaign using one of the posters (pictured above) designed by local children to promote the scheme.

Polly Benefield, of Plastic Free Lyme Regis Strategy Group, said: “This poster from Phoenix in Year 6 at Mrs Ethelston’s didn’t meet the criteria for the poster competition but we thought it was such a vibrant, clear story board explaining exactly how the Boomerang Bags scheme worked, we wanted to use it.”

The campaign, launched in time for Christmas to support local shopping, can be seen on various Facebook sites, Twitter and Instagram.

Look out for Phoenix’s storyboard and the following text: “Out Christmas shopping locally, not enough hands to hold all your Xmas goodies? You can borrow and bring back a Boomerang Bag! Not sure what this is or how it works? Here is a cheering story for you to find out more from Phoenix, one of our amazing school kids who helped us launch this campaign!”

Polly added: “Boomerang Bags use unwanted fabric, preventing it from going into landfill, they help promote local shopping and bring communities together in creating and using them – a win for everyone including the environment!”

Since the Boomerang Bag launch in Lyme Regis, 23 shops, B&Bs, hotels, cafés and other businesses have signed up to stock the bags and there are more than 200 in circulation, with four more sewers signed up to make more bags.

If you’d like to join the Boomerang Bag Scheme by stocking them, making them or helping to distribute them, email

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