The Queensland Roots & Shoots Team have been busy teaching the community how to make their own reusable bags from old clothing.
Worldwide, we go through about 2 million plastic bags every minute. They’re used for everything from keeping produce fresh, to keeping waste contained or for an average of 12 minutes from the doors of the supermarket to the doors of your house. It’s for these reasons and many more that Queensland banned single use plastic bags on the first of July this year. Furthermore, approximately 85% of clothes are sent to landfill in Australia making textile products major contributors to our waste crisis.
To help show everyone how easy it is to live without plastic bags and bring old clothes back to life, the Queensland Roots & Shoots team is teaching young and old how to make their own reusable bags from old t-shirts. The method requires no sewing or gluing and is a great way to upcycle clothes which may have landed up in landfill.
With donated t-shirts from volunteers and local op-shops, the QLD team helped to make over 100 t-shirt bags with members of the public at the Chermside Brisbane Green Heart Fair on the 3rd of June. It was a huge success and the team got so much positive feedback about the bags from parents, youth and children.
This Sunday the 9th of September the QLD team will be at the Carindale Brisbane Green Heart Fair making more t-shirt bags. Come along and join us and learn a little bit about Dr Jane Goodall while you’re doing it.
If you’re unable to make it you can learn how to make your own bag here with the kids at Bye Bye Plastic Bags Bali.
Date – Sunday 9 September 2018
Time – 8am-2pm
Where – Carindale Recreation Reserve, Cadogan Street, Carindale.