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BOOMERANG BAGS BOSTON

LAUNCHED IN MAY 2017,  we are a VOLUNTEER driven group working  with DONATED FABRIC to make a  DRAMATIC SHIFT in a city we love.  TOGETHER we can make CHANGES, INDIVIDUALLY we can make a DIFFERENCE, one less plastic bag at a time. We encourage you to join us - NO MATTER YOUR SKILL SET. If you work, play, live or just LOVE BOSTON we want you to JOIN US

What is a BOOMERANG BAg?

A Boomerang bag is a sustainably-made cloth bag you can borrow and bring back to a local store. 

POLICY IS GOOD - ACTION IS GREAT - TOGETHER WE CAN DO THIS

The City of Boston has been debating banning single use plastic bags for over a year. Meanwhile, the streets of Boston, our harbor, rivers, and streams drown in the 219 MILLION BAGS that are used in Boston each year! Only a small percentage of plastic bags used every year are recycled. One of the big concerns heard from opposition is that a bag ban would negatively affect low income residents as well as senior citizens.  

Regardless of how the City votes on passing an ordinance to ban or reduce plastic bags, habits and practices need to change. We have launched the first BAG SHARE in Boston this Summer.

The idea is that fabric, resources, space, time and people-power will be donated to create reusable cloth bags. These bags will be displayed at stores and people can take one or more and return it. We are a chapter of Australian-based Boomerang Bags. Thanks, Aussies! www.boomerangbags.org

Where you can find us

Friday, July 21: We are tabling at Ashmont Farmer's Market at Ashmont Station in Dorchester

Sat. July 22: We are at the Neponset River Festival at Granite Avenue in Dorchester

The Big Picture  

Plastic bags are polluting our city, our waterways and our world!

WE HAVE A SOLUTION!

By making a thousand cloth bags for a store, we are offering an alternative to plastic for folks on-the-go. When you forget to bring your bag to the store, take a Boomerang and return it the next time. Like Hubway offers bikes for sharing; Boomerang offers our community an alternative to single-use plastic bags.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

There are many ways to help and you don’t need to know how to sew! There are 16 small steps to complete each bag.

Roles include:

  1. Collecting fabric
  2. Cutting
  3. Ironing
  4. Pinning
  5. Sewing
  6. Serging
  7. Coaching others
  8. Coordinating
  9. Outreach efforts
  10. Donating materials and tools
  11. Purchase a High-Quality Boomerang "Bought to Support' Bag  ($10- taxes and fees included)
  12. Sign our daughters' Change.org petition asking Boston's Mayor Marty Walsh to Ban Plastic Bags

You can participate at whatever stage you are interested. Full and clear instructions and support are offered at each stage (see how-to below). Folks who are interested in joining the efforts should fill out our CONTACT FORM. Join us in whatever capacity you are able! Let's make Boston shine!

WHAT HAVE WE BEEN UP To

Thus far:

  • hosted two weekend sew-a-thons at the Stitch House in Dorchester in May, June, October and November 2017
  • collected donated fabric from all over the metro Boston area
  • had volunteers come from all parts of Dorchester, JP, West Roxbury, Milton, Maine, Providence and Hull
  • the ages of volunteers have been between 7 to in their 70's and we have even had three generations helping a sew-a-thon. We had grandmas, grandpas, boys, girls, moms, dads, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, and aunties
  • people have continue to sew, iron, pin and match pieces of the bag between the sew-a-thons, which has been a crucial piece to this all
  • received food donations from amazing cafes, stores and local food entrepreneurs
  • spoke before Boston City Council and handed out a Boomerang Bag to each City Councilor and Mayor Marty Walsh 
  • working to get translation in 10 different languages!!!
  • we have completed
    • 496 new bags to date!
    • 100's of bags in progress
  • we are in initial talks with the Daily Table in Dorchester which hits all the right notes of aiming to get the bags into the hands of a store in a low-income area where people visit regularly

ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS

Boomerang Bags Boston Chapter is a collective of residents and community activists living in Boston, led by Sierra Rothberg of LusterityClean Up Boston and a local Girl Scout leader, Yooree Lorsodo of On The Dot Books, Mary Grady, a Boston Public School teacher and fellow Girl Scout leader, Vienna Rothberg of Goga and creator of P.L.E.A.S.U.R.E. at MIT,  Ann Walsh Chief of Family Engagement at 1647, and Cathy Armer who is our word and editor wiz who believe that we can thrive as a city that is free of single-use plastic bags. We believe that we can come together to create a solution to provide people free access to re-usable bags when they cannot afford them.