Join the fight against plastic with Boomerang Bags

Ladies from Lyme Regis U3A helped to stitch some of the new Boomerang Bags, available in local shops from today

A NEW initiative that started in Australia has arrived in Lyme Regis to further advance the town’s commitment to reducing single-use plastic.

Lyme Regis is joining more than 1,000 communities around the world, including 25 in the UK, making Boomerang Bags.

Boomerang Bags are free; you can borrow one from a shop and then bring it back to any participating businesses. They will be available from several Lyme Regis outlets from today (Friday, October 25).

Polly Benfield of Plastic Free Lyme Regis commented: “It has truly been a community project. Call outs for fabric have been really successful and Alice’s Bear Shop kindly took these donations in.

“We have had a team of 18 cutting out and sewing bags, some working at home in their own time, others gathering round a dining table to sew each week and the U3A organised two sew-ins at Hallett Court.

“All volunteers were very excited by this community project. It’s been fun sewing together; friendships made, conversations started and a feel-good factor that we are all helping the environment – making bags, not waste.”

Student involvement

More bags were supplied by students at the Woodroffe School. Led by textiles teaches Becca Barnes, Year 9 pupils designed and made 26 bags, and they now plan to set up a sew-in lunchtime group as the bags are proving so popular. Logo patches have been screen-printed by volunteers.

Pupils from St Michael’s and Mrs Ethelston’s and the bag makers at the Woodroffe School all took part in designing a poster for the scheme, with the winning entries now displayed in the windows of businesses taking part.

The students picked up their prizes at a launch event in the Town Mill Malthouse last night (Thursday).

Boomerang Bags can be found at and returned to: the Royal Lion, Mariners and Kersbrook hotels, Coombe Street Gallery, Aroma, Sanctuary Bookshop, The Galley Kitchen, Red Panda, Primary Colours, Boylos, Ryder & Hope, Serendip, the Tourist Information Centre and library.

B&Bs also taking part include Dorset House, Bay Leaf Cottage, Clovelly, The Albany, Charnwood, Ammonite Cottage and Skerries.

Helping to achieve zero carbon goals

Boomerang Bags not only fulfil Plastic Free Lyme Regis’ goals – Refuse, Refill, Recycle and Reuse – but will also be registered by Lyme’s new One Planet Working Group (OPWG) under the UN Sustainable Development Goal to substantially reduce waste generation through prevention, reduction, recycling and reuse by 2030.

The One Planet Working Group started working towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals after Lyme Regis Town Council officially declared a climate emergency earlier this year, to help tackle to effects of climate changes.

Councillor Belinda Bawden, who has been leading the campaign and is vice-chairman of the One Planet Working Group, commented: “The Boomerang Bag scheme will be the first of many community initiatives the OPWG will be registering with the UN to help Lyme Regis work towards our climate and environmental goal to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2030.”

Boomerang Bags is a global, grassroots movement, connecting and empowering local communities to tackle plastic pollution at its source. Boomerang Bags is about making bags, diverting waste, connecting with each other, fostering sustainable behaviour and having fun!

To celebrate all Lyme Regis has been doing to make the community more sustainable, special event POP UP Sustainable Lyme Regis will be taking place this weekend, opening today at 11am and running until 4pm on Monday, October 28 at the Town Mill Malthouse.

This will include exhibitions where visitors can see of all the posters entered by local schools to support the Boomerang Bag scheme, as well as the bags made by the Woodroffe School pupils. Click here for more details.

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