In 2013 Tania and Jordyn started a conversation about plastic.
They found how it was overflowing landfills, floating in the oceans, strangling marine life and causing all sorts of trouble. So what could be done about it?
The answer stared them in the face, from the one million plastic bags being used every minute, the 10.46 million of tonnes of fabric waste created each year, and the willingness and generosity of people from all fabrics of society to do something about it. They created a platform that supports the diversion of post-consumer material (waste) into reusable bags to replace plastic bags and most importantly, start conversations.
The initiative spread enthusiastically, and is now in over 1100 communities worldwide. Hundreds of thousands of plastic bags have been saved from landfill, and behaviour change went way beyond the bag to other single-use plastics and sustainable living. Not to mention the immeasurable social impact of the conversations, connections and new friendships created in the process!
Perhaps, it’s not about the plastic bag at all.
When she’s not working on Boomerang Bags, you’ll find Jordyn at peace in wild places…often in the surf on Australia’s East Coast.
Her reverence and curiosity, inspired by a life-long love of nature in all its forms, led her to study the natural environment, and now implements those experiences to support communities to create change, one reusable bag and conversation at a time.
Tania’s philosophy for living can be expressed in the words of Dr Seuss and Gandhi…
Watch: ‘The STORY of a Boomerang BAGS: TEDx Talk (2015)
The pilot project in Burleigh Heads created such a buzz among the local community that other communities around Australia wanted to join in the fun. Years later, there are more than 800 Boomerang Bags communities up and running around the globe. It has become a movement towards shifting society’s throw-away mentality to a more sustainable revolution of repurposing and re-use!