Start a community
1. Sign up to receive our Community Toolkit
Our digital toolkit is your guide to successfully bring Boomerang Bags to life in your community! It covers all everything from bag patterns, marketing materials, tips and ideas to help you through. You’ll also receive access to connect and share with other Boomerang Bags communities around the world!
2. CREATE your community PAGE
Once you’ve signed up, you’ll receive a link to the community creation page. There you can enter your community’s details, which puts you on the global Boomerang Bags communities map! This allows others from your area to find you, donate materials and volunteer with your local group.
3. Start making bags!
Boomerang Bags communities are adaptable, and we encourage you to start simple . . . a community can be one person sewing solo, or a gathering of friends, schools, community groups and/or the wider public, all involved in collecting recycled material and making bags! One bag leads to (at least) one conversation – make every bag count as an opportunity to connect and keep spreading the message.
Still not sure? Here are a few commonly asked questions to consider…
How many people do I need to start a community?
A community can be as little or as big as you’d like. Want to make bags with just you? Go for it! Want to create a community with your whole neighbourhood, two soccer clubs and the cat from down the road? Be our guest!
How many bags do I need to make?
Whether you make one bag and give it to a family member, or hundreds of bags for a market is up to you – there’s no right or wrong. Each bag counts as an opportunity to start a conversation, and the ripple effects are immeasurable!
What if I can't sew?
Boomerang Bags is designed for sewers and non-sewers alike. If you cant sew, its the perfect opportunity to call on the help of a friend, grandma, or neighbour to teach you! Not keen to get behind a machine? There are plenty of other jobs involved, such as recruiting volunteers, spreading the word, cutting, pinning, ironing, making tea, planning events… there are roles for everyone!
What do volunteers enjoy most about being part of Boomerang Bags?
Volunteers have expressed ‘coming to donate materials, and staying for the friendships, laughter and life changing conversations’. Being part of a community is much more than just making bags. You can look forward finding a tribe (locally and globally) that has your back, some awesome conversations, plus the warm and fuzzy feelings that come with being part of a positive movement.
What if I sign up and then decide not to move ahead?
No problems! Signing up below is just an expression of interest which helps us to make sure everyone is connected and supported wherever they are. You’ll receive the Toolkit to peruse, then it’s totally up to you how you’d like to move forward. You might even find a community nearby you’d like to visit to try it out!
(Don’t worry, we won’t spam you with newsletters after you’ve signed up!)
Does it cost anything to join?
The online Boomerang Bags Toolkit is a free resource, which comes with ongoing support from co-founders and other active communities around the world. There are no joining or membership fees to Boomerang Bags.