Students big idea in the bag

TIRED of finding plastic rubbish on their favourite beach, Sorell School students Lloyd, Lacey, Lilly and Tahlia came up with a way to try to change their community for the better.

Their idea was “saving the planet, one bag at a time’’.

They signed up to the global grassroots movement Boomerang Bags where more than 1000 communities worldwide are involved with more than 500,000 Boomerang bags having been created.

Hundreds of thousands of plastic bags have been saved from landfill.

The students are part of Action Crew 7172, a Beacon Foundation, Collective ed. initiative based at Sorell School.

Action Crew is a student-led art-based program at Sorell School, where young people take action on what they care about.

Their motto: “Nothing about us without us.”

The crew called for donations of pre-loved fabric and received heaps of donations from op shops and local community members.

Students made friends with the local CWA and other community legends and Sorell Boomerang Bags was born.

Students hosted four community sewing bees at their school and 200 bags were created.

With support from Sorell’s MDT teacher Nathan Smith and a laser printer, the crew created five wooden signs to hang the Boomerang bags.

The students chose five local shops to donate the bags:
Deadly Sisu, Vinnies, the City Mission Op shop, Salvos Sorell and Tree Peaks Gallery. Deadly Sisu offered to host the Great Sorell Boomerang Bag Handover.

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