THE Town Mill Malthouse was packed to the rafters for the launch of the new Boomerang Bags scheme, organised by Plastic Free Lyme Regis.
Originally launched in Australia, Boomerang Bags are re-usable, fabric shopping bags that can be borrowed from participating businesses and then returned when you’ve finished using them.
Local schoolchildren who had entered a poster competition to promote the scheme’s launch in Lyme Regis brought along family and friends to the Malthouse, where they received prizes for their efforts.
In total, 233 children from St Michael’s and Mrs Ethelston’s primary schools entered the competition, and the winning entries will now appear in the windows of shops and businesses taking part in the scheme.
The winners also each received a Plastic Free Lyme Regis cloth bag and first and second places were given a sustainable stainless steel lunch box or treats tin presented by the founders of Elephant Boxes, Joy Bariana and Liz Watson.
Polly Benfield of Plastic Free Lyme Regis commented: “We were so impressed with the quality and effort that went into the entries and that every child and class entered. It was very difficult to pick out winners and took quite a while!”
Every poster entry was displayed in the Malthouse over the weekend for the Pop Up Sustainable Lyme Regis event, along with Boomerang Bags made by Year 9 pupils of the Woodroffe School.
Commenting on the pop-up event, which included information and workshops on how to live more sustainably, Polly added: “We averaged 90 visitors a day at our Pop Up, both locals and visitors.
“It was really rewarding that so many loved the idea and the involvement of the whole community. Many visitors wanted to set up a project in their own towns and villages.”
Since the Boomerang Bag scheme was officially launched in Lyme Regis more shops and businesses have signed up.
New businesses that have joined where Boomerang Bags can now be dropped off or collected include Papa Luca, Fine Art and Framing, Courtyard Café, Amid Giants & Idols, Ginger Beer, and The Woodroffe School.
Fabric donations for new bags to be made can be taken to either Alice’s Bear Shop at St Michael’s Business Centre or to Fine Art and Framing in Broad Street. Anyone who wants to join the team sewing bags is most welcome and this can be done at home or by joining a group to sew together.
Patterns, sewing instructions and details of existing groups are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Winners of the poster competition were as follows: Year 1 – May, Isla, Melody and Kai; Year 2 – Rufus, Florence, Rosina and Mason; Year 3 – Tallulah, Nelly, Wednesday and Raffaele; Year 4 – Grace, JJ, Frieda and Kelsie; Year 5 – Ella, Aggie, Keiron and Rocco; Year 6 – Liberty, William, Millie and Lois (plus Phoenix high commended); Year 9 – Bel, Paige and Sophia.
Winners of the bag designs by Year 9 Woodroffe pupils were: Evelyn, Sophia, Bel and Millie.