Boomerang Bags is driven by communities, for communities! Find a community near you to get involved, or contact us to get Boomerang Bags started in your local area.

Click on the pin closest to your community for contact details to get involved!

Apollo Bay

Auckland (NZ)

Avalon

Bairnsdale

Bass Coast

Bawley Point

Bay and Basin

Bega Valley/Sapphire Coast

Berry

Blackheath

Broome

Burleigh Heads

Bunbury

Byron Bay

Cairns

Caloundra

Cabarita

Christmas Island

Crescent Head

Crested Butte (USA)

Dandenong Ranges

Denmark

Donnybrook

Dunsborough

Dungog

Echuca/Moama

Fish Creek

Forrest

Healesville

Hobsons Bay

Illawarra

Kariong

Lakes Entrance

Lord Howe Island

Mallacoota

Manly

Manyana/Bendalong

Margaret River

Minneapolis

Mudgeeraba

Mundaring

Noosa

Norfolk Island

Perth (Trigg)

Port Macquarie

Pottsville

Rotorua (NZ)

Sandefjord, Norway

Stanthorpe

Tauranga (NZ)

Torquay

Townsville

Ulladulla

Warburton

Whitsundays

Yamba

Apollo Bay

Victoria

Apollo Bay

Info coming soon!

Auckland

New Zealand

Auckland

Boomerang Bags have kicked off in New Zealand! If you can help by donating materials for them to get started, there is a drop-off spot at 28 Ethel St, Sandringham (more drop off points to come!).
The first sewing bee will be held on the 7th of August at the seaside location Kohimarama Yacht Club who have kindly lent this venue in support of taking care of the environment.

Avalon

New South Wales

Avalon

Surfrider Foundation and Living Ocean have joined forces to bring Boomerang Bag‘s to Avalon on Sydney’s Northern Beaches in an effort to reduce the distribution of plastic bag‘s in their local village.

Concerned local residents, surfers and ocean enthusiast have been drumming up support for the project with a number of local businesses and community members jumping on board to support the project by donating second hand materials, signing up to attend sewing bees and spreading the word that a ‘borrow and bring back’ revolution is coming to town!

Two wonder women, Laurel and Kirsty are heading up the movement in Avalon, with weekly sewing bees being held on Tuesdays from 11am to 5pm at Avalon Recreation Centre.

To donate materials or get involved, contact boomerangbagsavalon@hotmail.com or contact 0410608315

Bairnsdale

Victoria

Bairnsdale

Boomerang Bags is starting up and Bairnsdale in Victoria! Over the next 6 months the project will engage with Job Seekers through the GROW (Gather, Recycle, Opportunity, Work) program. To volunteer or donate materials, get in touch with Christine (christine@blue-sky-organics.com).

Bass Coast

Victoria

Bass Coast

Info coming soon!

Bawley Point, Kiola

New South Wales

Bawley Point, Kiola

This group of volunteers are aiming to sell Bought to Support Boomerang Bags at the local Murramarang Markets on June Long Weekend, with the ultimate goal of making the small community plastic bag free!

Bay and Basin

New South Wales

Bay and Basin

Info coming soon

Bega Valley/Sapphire Coast

New South Wales

Bega Valley/Sapphire Coast

The Bega Valley region started sewing in the small town of Merimbula and has since spread into Tathra, Kalaru and other areas of the Valley.
Dedicated sewers from around the region are making bags with the support of the Womens Resource Centre, 1 Million Women, and Bega Shire Council, the groups aims to make 2000 bags in a push to eliminate plastic bags from the area.
Join them
Mondays 10am till 1pm at the Bega Museum (Bega Street)
Wednesdays 10am till 12pm at 10 Wallagoot Lane, Wallagoot.
Phone Dorte (02) 6492 1367  or 0429 599 939 to book a spot!
http://www.edenmagnet.com.au/story/3841554/eden-bags-booming/

Berry

New South Wales

Berry

Info coming soon!

Blackheath

New South Wales

Broome

Western Australia

Broome

Coming soon!

Burleigh Heads

Queensland

Burleigh Heads

Our first Boomerang Bags community is now up and running in the popular shopping village of Burleigh Heads. The initiative was kickstarted in late 2013 with the help of funding from City of Gold Coast, and a huge amount of support from the local community who provided donations of materials, volunteer time, ideas, positive feedback and encouragement. Coral Homes donated a truckload of beautiful fabric, and Currumbin RSL kindly provided one of their function rooms for our volunteers to have regularly weekly sewing bees.

Groups who have been involved in making Boomerang Bags include the Silkwood School, the Village Circle, a correctional facility, as well as over 100 individual volunteers from the local community, and the Burleigh Men’s Shed Association lent us a helping hand constructing our Boomerang Boxes.

This collaborative community effort has resulted in the production of over 2000 Boomerang Bags so far, with enough materials to make thousands more. Boxes full of Boomerang Bags were launched into the Burleigh Heads shopping village in May 2014. A huge thanks to all the volunteers, community groups and supporters who made it possible!

Bunbury

Western Australia

Bunbury (Western Australia)

One of our latest communities to sign up, the ball in Bunbury is well and truly rolling with Bunbury Men’s Shed building Boomerang Bag Boxes, and Parkfield Primary School years 5 and 6 ready to start sewing bags!

Contact Carmen carmenkowal@gmail.com or checkout the Facebook event  ‘Don’t be a Dag – make us a bag’

Cairns

Queensland

Cairns

As the Qld government are set to ban single use plastic bags in 2018 we’re really excited to set up Boomerang Bags in Cairns in 2017. Having this service available once the plastic bag ban commences will hopefully ease the transition in FNQ – come and join us!

When: First Thursday of every month 4.30 – 7.30 pm

Where: Downstairs of Cominos House 27-27 Greenslopes St North Cairns (the big room under the Cairns and Far North Environment Centre office)
How to get involved: email Bess Murphy, Community Engagement Coordinator at the Cairns and Far North Environment Centre (CAFNEC) community@cafnec.org.au or ring the office on 07 4032 1746

Caloundra

Queensland

Caloundra

From the little beachside town of Dicky Beach on the northern end of the Sunshine Coast, this enthusiastic group of volunteers will be covering locations from Caloundra to Kawana, with the Dicky Beach IGA and Nude Food Organics already stocking bags.

Contact Lynne Baker lynnebaker4@bigpond.com or 54 919 957 to donate materials or get involved

Cabarita Beach

New South Wales

Cabarita Beach

Now over a year into the project, the Cabarita/Bogangar Residents’ Association in collaboration with Caba Progressive Launched 1000 Boomerang Bags in two boxes into the community in March 2015.

“We are keen to keep the natural appearance and respect for nature that we enjoyed in the past. This project will bring a different section of the community together. It’s a wonderful project with which to be involved, and it will make our village even more special.”

If you can assist by donating materials or helping out at their sewing bees, get in touch with Faye Nash on 0407831370

Bags off to Cabarita!

Christmas Island

Christmas Island

Info coming soon!

Crescent Head

New South Wales

Crescent Head

With the help of Crescent Head Primary School who participated in stamping ‘borrow and bring back’ on the bags, 500 Boomerang Bags are now in circulation throughout the town.

If you live in or are passing the area, be sure to drop in any spare re-useable bags for use by the community to reduce plastic bag use!

Crested Butte

USA

Crested Butte

Inspired by the film Bag It, Sustainable Crested Butte Inc have been working toward a transition away from plastic bags in the local community. Sewing will commence soon at the Crested Butte Town Hall Junior Meeting Room.

Contact Ben benjamin@eatsmallfish.org for more info!

Dandenong Ranges

Victoria

Dandenong Ranges

Plastic Bag Free Dandenong Ranges are very excited to be holding our first Boomerang Bag sewing bee on 24th July at Burrinja Cultural Centre. This will be followed by a screening of Bag It, a Q&A and an info session.

Volunteers from across the community, including local CWA groups, will be working together to help eliminate single use plastic bags to keep our National Park picturesque and healthy for future generations. The Dandenong Ranges are just 45 minutes east of Central Melbourne and consist of numerous stunning townships including Belgrave, Upwey, Tecoma, Kallista, Sassafras, Olinda and Mount Dandenong.
For more information, or to get involved, please visit www.facebook.com/plasticbagfreedandenongranges or check out the website www.pbfdandenongranges.com

Denmark

Western Australia

Denmark

Info coming soon!

Donnybrook

Western Australia

Donnybrook

Info coming soon!

Dunsborough

Western Australia

Dunsborough

This amazing group of volunteers meet once a month on a Saturday morning at Happs Winery – 575 Commonage Road, Dunsborough.
Get in touch with Chloe to see how you can get involved!
m: 0420 395 209.

Dungog

New South Wales

Dungog

Boomerang Bags Dungog kicked off in February and launched in August with 500 bags in town, 400 at the IGA. 650 bags of the 2,500 target have been made, with the local IGA committed to banning plastic bags and rolling it out through their 4 stores in the region.
Regular sewing bees will be held once a month in town with plans to work with local community groups, businesses, schools and the council to implement recycling and sustainability programs.
Get in touch with Michelle to see how you can get involved!
p: 0418 257 810

Echuca/Moama

Victoria

Echuca/Moama

Echuca Moama is a twin border town on the Murray River. Plastic Bag Free Echuca Moama launched in August 2016 and we aim to become a plastic bag free community by 2018. Our goal is to have 2000 Boomerangs Bags made before we release them into the community at our launch. Community members are donating fabric, sewing bags and building Boomerang Boxes. Fabric donations can be dropped off at Echuca Neighbourhood House on High St.
Contact Samantha Ferrier (sam@bottleforbotol.org) to get your pre-stamped Boomerang Bags pockets or to find out how you can help.

Fish Creek

Victoria

Fish Creek

CHILDREN at Fish Creek and District Primary School have been overwhelmed by community support for their first ever Boomerang Bag sewing bee.

Run by the school’s Coastal Ambassadors and Grades 5 and 6 children, the working bee was designed to reduce plastic bags in Fish Creek.

Volunteers were busy stamping, ironing, cutting and sewing bright and colourful bags to distribute.

The bags will be spread throughout the Fish Creek community for the public to borrow and bring back instead of taking a plastic bag.

The students would like to thank all the wonderful volunteers, parents and friends who offered their help. A special thanks to parent Natalie Oudyn who organised the program.

Maybe plastic bags will become a thing of the past in Fish Creek.

Forrest

Victoria

Forrest

Two rural communities are collaborating to bring Boomerang Bags to Forrest, a scenic destination of the Great Ocean Road area.

Bags are being made by the Birregurra Country Womens Association, and will be distributed at the Forrest General Store.

Contact Noor at almadania@gmail.com to get involved!

Healesville

Victoria

Healesville

Boomerang Bags are coming to Healesville as part of the Plastic Bag Free Healesville movement.
There is a fabric donation box set up at the Healesville Community Link/ Library and they are always looking for people to help sew, cut, pin and iron.
Sewing bee times vary so drop them a line if you would like to be involved or if you would prefer to sew from home they can drop off fabric and collect.

Hobsons Bay

Victoria

Hobsons

Info coming soon!

Illawarra

New South Wales

Illawarra

Boomerang Bags Illawarra kicked of in February 2016 as part of the Southern Region Waste Program, operated by the Illawarra Joint Organisation of Councils, and partnered with Conservation Volunteers Australia, Illawarra Intrepid Landcare and the Surfrider Foundation South Coast

Sewing bees are being held fortnightly at the Old Woolloongong Courthouse on Wednesday night from 6.30pm!

Join the Illawarra Facebook group to get in touch or get involved

https://www.facebook.com/groups/620612168077508/

Lakes Entrance

Victoria

Lakes Entrance

Contact Connie 122limestone@gmail.com to get involved!

Lord Howe Island

New South Wales

Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island is making moves to reduce plastic bags on this beautiful island.
Regular sewing bees will be held in the Community Hall.

For more information contact Megan megandrew_trip@yahoo.com.au

Manly

New South Wales

Manly

Boomerang Bags Manly – Weekly Community Sewing Bees
Every Monday 9.30 – 2.30pm

Surfrider Foundation Manly along with the generous support of The Butcher & The Chef have started up Boomerang Bags in Manly, a community driven initiative tackling plastic pollution at the grassroots level.

JOIN IN THE FUN and make new friends.
Volunteers needed to help mark and cut materials, pin, iron, stamp and sew. All ages welcome and no experience required. If you don’t have time on the day, you can also do any of the above mentioned tasks from home or help us in other ways (picking up donations, hanging up posters, flyer design, spread the word, help out at stalls etc.)

Boomerang Bags Manly HQ – 63 Alexander St, Manly
Entrance – Balgowlah Rd opp Manly pool. Look for sign on the door.
Parking: 2P in Alexander St & Balgowlah Rd, 4P in Kenneth Rd

Contacts:
Email: manlyboomerangbags@gmail.com
Facebook Groups: Boomerang Bags Manly (https://www.facebook.com/groups/905475572932227/)
Surfrider Foundation Manly

Manyana/Bendalong

New South Wales

Manyana/Bendalong

Manyana/Bendalong Boomerang Bag community hold bi monthly sewing bees. Volunteers also sew at home in between to keep up with holiday demand for Boomerang Bags. For more information checkout their Facebook group page at Manyana Boomerang Bag Project Facebook group .

Margaret River

Western Australia

Margaret River

Boomerang Bags launched in Margaret River with 325 bags for Plastic Free July 2015.  42 volunteers participated in fun community sewing bees, and many others donated fabrics, made signs and created boxes.  The Boomerang Bag boxes are installed throughout town at Riverfresh IGA, the Margaret River Farmers’ Market and the Target shopping arcade.

The Cape to Cape Plastic Free Group hopes this grass-roots, proactive project will help kick-start the concept of a plastic bag free Margaret River, and start conversations about the truth behind ‘convenience’ items that pose serious, long-term inconveniences for our environment.

Boomerang Bags Margaret River is composed of a collaboration of many individuals and groups including Surfrider Foundation Margaret River.

To get involved or donate materials, please contact Laura at margssurfrider@gmail.com.

Mallacoota

Victoria

Mallacoota

Boomerang Bags is being rolled out in Mallacoota as part of the Plastic Bag Free Mallacoota campaign which started July 2015.
Mallacoota is a small coastal community of about 1000 residents and 6000 visitors over summer seasons. With help from East Gippsland Shire and Friends of Mallacoota, the group are purchasing thousands of re-useable bags to distribute to residents and visitors.
Additionally, local sewing groups are meeting weekly to make Boomerang Bags to stock Boomerang Bag Boxes which were launched in December 2015 at the local market, Foodworks and IGA. The Foodworks committed to banning plastic bags altogether, and the IGA saw a 75% reduction in plastic bag use over the holiday period, resulting in an estimated 50-60 thousand plastic bags being saved as a result of the campaign.
Get in touch with Rosemary roandkieran@gmail.com to donate materials or get involved.

Minneapolis

USA

Minneapolis

Spearheaded by Linden Hills Power & Light, and The Linden Tree, Boomerang Bags is underway in Minneapolis!
Keep an eye out for updates about upcoming sewing bees on the website and Facebook links below
To donate materials or get involved, contact Felicity on info@lhpowerandlight.org

Mundaring

Western Australia

Mundaring

Spearheaded by Wasteless Pantry (bulk foods shop) owners and Mundaring in Transition group.
Contact Jeannie and Amanda to get involved or donate fabric/reusable bags
p. 0409 685 127
e. jeannie@wastelesspantry.com.au

Norfolk Island

Norfolk Island

Due to the small land area, isolation, population size and increasing visitor numbers, Norfolk Island, along with many other Pacific Islands, face sizeable problems when it comes to waste management.

Led by EcoNorfolk Foundation, Boomerang Bags will be implemented to raise awareness, mobilise the local community and foster sustainable behaviour changes in order to minimise plastic waste generated on the island.

This project presents at exciting opportunity to pilot the Boomerang Bags initiative within an island community and to showcase to other pacific islands through the Sustainable Islands Program.

Boomerang Bag Boxes will be placed in shopping districts, hotels and resorts as well as the Island’s Airport to ensure tourists make use of the community bag-share system.

To get involved or donate bags or materials, please contact Denise Quintal office@econorfolk.nf

Noosa

Queensland

Noosa

Boomerang Bags Noosa has been operating since October 2015 during which time the group has produced more than 2,500 bags for the local community.
Noosa Shire Council has adopted the initiative within its offices with a number of Boomerang Bags available for staff to borrow for their grocery shopping after work if they have forgotten to bring their own reuseable bags. The bags are also available at the Bent Banana, Whites IGA and Raw Energy at Peregian Beach, The Source Bulk Foods in Noosa Junction, Emma & Pittsy’s fruit and veg in Tewantin and in the gift shop at Wallace House.
Sewing bees are hosted every Monday and Wednesday from 9am to 1.30 pm at Wallace House in Noosaville.
Stay up to date by joining the Boomerang Bags Noosa Facebook group, email boomerangbagsnoosa@gmail.com or call Desiré on 0427 596 478.

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Perth (Trigg)

Western Australia

Perth

Surfrider Foundation Perth is bringing Boomerang Bags to the coastal communities of Western Aus!

The group already has a few keen volunteers, including the inspiring Cynda who received Volunteer of the month for her efforts – check out her story here!

To donate materials or find out how to get involved in upcoming sewing bees contact Magen at shifime@gmail.com 

Pottsville

New South Wales

Pottsville

A dedicated group of students, teachers and parents from Pottsville Beach Public School are leading the Boomerang Bags initiative in the Pottsville Community with the support of the Pottsville Beach Neighbourhood Centre.

Their sewing bees are held every Tuesday from 9am-12pm at the Neighbourhood Centre (Reef Room), 10B-12A Elizabeth Street.

To donate materials or get involved, contact Pottsville Beach Public School (02 6676 1161) or Pottsville Neighbourhood Centre (02 6676 4555)

Port Macquarie

New South Wales

Port Macquarie

Boomerang Bags Port Macquarie is starting to spread its wings after holding its very first working bee in July, 2016. They now have several key volunteers, local businesses and schools involved. Working bees are held once a month with the details posted in the Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1032251810186171/)

We embrace new faces and meeting new friends as we work towards changing public attitudes towards plastic bag usage. To get involved, contact Shannon shanq87@gmail.com

Rotorua

New Zealand

Rotorua

Info coming soon!

Sandefjord

Norway

Sandefjord (Norway)
Our first European Boomerang Bags community is being headed up by Vintage Baby Social Entrepreneurs, a small womens cooperative working towards reducing  marginalization of women with minority background in the Norwegian labour market. IN involves women from Norway, Somalia, Thailand, Syria, Kurdistan and Serbia.
Together they run Cafe Vintage; cafe and redesign, based on a triple bottom line. Boomerang bags is the newest addition to our redesign products.
To get involved or for more information, contact Camilla post@vintage-baby.org

Shoalhaven

New South Wales

Shoalhaven
With support from Shoalhaven City Council, Southern Region Waste Program and Nowra Public School, Boomerang Bags has kicked off in Shoalhaven!
For details about how to donate materials or get involved in sewing bees join the Facebook group Boomerang Bags Shoalhaven City Council, or get in touch with Fiona — Fiona.Schreurs@shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au, 02 4429 3127

Stanthorpe

Queensland

Stanthorpe
This picturesque town is situated in the Granite Belt region of Queensland and claims to be the coolest place in the state as the town can experience snowfall. Renowned for it’s wine and fresh produce locals are keen to do their part in reducing plastic bag use. They launched the program in November 2016 and weekly sewing bees are held at Bridget Bunchy at The Summit. Local resident Brooke Summerville is the town coordinator. Contact Brooke through boomerangbagsstanthorpe@gmail.com to see how you can get involved. Find out more about what is happening in Stanthorpe here.

Tathra

New South Wales

Tathra

Info coming soon!

Tauranga

New Zealand

Tauranga
Boomerang Bags Tauranga had its first Sewing Bee on 9th October 2016, with 80 bags made already and have just set up their first share box in Red Square, Tauranga! Keep an eye out on the Boomerang Bags NZ Facebook Page for up and coming events or get in touch if you are interested in making bags from home.
Ph. 027 316 3595

Torquay

Victoria

Torquay

Plastic Bag Free Torquay is implementing Boomerang Bags as part of a long term strategy to stop the free distribution of single-use plastic bags in Torquay by the end of 2015.
The group has been holding regular sewing sessions with support from the local community and local businesses. Boomerang Bags are already available at the local Torquay Farmers’ Market on Saturdays, and will soon be available at the local IGA. The IGA are encouraging re-useable bags by giving out community rewards tokens to every shopper who brings their own bag. Each token represents 10cents which can be donated to a community group of the shoppers choice!

To donate materials or get involved in Boomerang Bags Torquay contact Ash Bowerman

0401949231 or cuckoo3228@gmail.com

Townsville

Queensland

Townsville

Boomerang Bags has made its way to Townsville thanks to the North Queensland Conservation Council!

Get involved by donating materials or attending sewing bees

When: Every second Wednesday from 4pm-6pm

Where: North Queensland Conservation Council Office – 114 Boundary Street, Railway Estate

Contact: Maree Dibella – 0428 987 535

Ulladulla

New South Wales

Ulladulla

Contact Simi Chee to get involved 0431088668

Warburton

Victoria

Warburton

Info coming soon!

Queensland

Burleigh Heads

Noosa

Stanthorpe

Cairns

Rockhampton

Victoria

Burleigh Heads

Noosa

Stanthorpe

Cairns

Rockhampton

New South Wales

Burleigh Heads

Noosa

Stanthorpe

Cairns

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Esperance

Exmouth

Mundaring

Bunbury

South Australia

Victor Harbor

Noosa

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Hobart

Launceston

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