Check out our Cairns and Far North Environment Centre video from Cairns ECOfiesta 2017. We talked about Plastic Free July FNQ 2017, Boomerang Bags, the Wet Tropics Plan Review and out latest Ecotone amongst other things AND held workshops to make your own beeswax wraps, and screen printing to give recycled t-shirt a new life. Beeswax wraps are easy to make and a great alternative to plastic wrap! Why not switch to beeswax wraps as part of your Plastic Free July? Sign up here: http://plasticfreejulyfnq2017.gofundraise.com.au/
It was a fabulous sunny day of art, music, food and fashion at the Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal. A day of eco-activities, workshops, hands-on learning, expo of green-tech and sharing about sustainable living solutions. What a fantastic day to see all these people there to take care of our environment and our planet!
CAFNEC organized three workshops : the t-shirt printing, beeswax wrap making and Boomerang Bag sewing!
Now, check out these fabulous photos!
Hi Boomerang Bag crew,
Thanks so much to everyone who came along to our first sewing bee. For those who weren’t able to make it we look forward to meeting you soon!
The numbers are in for the first sewing bee:
|‘Very, nearly, almost’ complete bags||14|
|Bag pieces with pockets pre-attached||10|
|Cut bag pieces||65|
|Sewn or ironed handles||20 sets|
|Cut handles||60 sets|
|Cut tags||Lots and lots and lots|
Boomerang Bags national recommend that each community should reach a ‘critical mass’ of 1000 bags before launching them into the community. So we have a few to go if we aim for this target but I’m sure each sewing bee we will get more and more efficient!
Drawing on the learning of the first meet up we’ve had a few ideas to streamline the process that we’ll implement at the next sewing bee:
We want your feedback: what creative ideas do you have to build Boomerang Bags Cairns? What ideas do you have from the first meeting? Let us know in this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DG8GN2K (It’s anonymous!)
NEXT MEET UP: NEXT WEEK!
When: Thursday 2nd March 4.30pm – 7.30 pm (that’s next week!)
Where: Downstairs of Cominos House 27-29 Greenslopes St, Cairns North
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1150285245069411/
What to bring: sewing machine or overlocker (if you have one), recycled fabric, snacks to share, or just yourself 🙂
A lot of people asked if they should bring their machine (or overlocker) along: yes, if you do have one then bring it along as it seems the back log in our production line so far has been the sewing stage. In saying this if you don’t have a machine don’t let that stop you from coming at all: there are so many other tasks that need to be done Eg cutting, printing, ironing, sorting, organising chatting 😛 You can also sit in with a sewer and learn.
Can’t come along but still want to help?
Do you have any fabric at home that may never be used? Donate it and we will turn it into Boomerang Bags. Anything will do so long as it isn’t overly thick or stretchy, even old sheets can be chopped up to be given a second life. We will also be gladly accepting donations of thread and any sewing accessories. Please bring in to the CAFNEC office (we will also have a donation box on the veranda for when office is closed).
One more thing:
In case you missed it: the Queensland Government has committed to banning single-use plastic bags in 2018 – hoorah! A discussion paper has been released and public input is being sought via an online survey into what a ban may look like in practice. To help you out the Cafnec Marine Response Team have put together some points which may help you guide your response. The survey closes on Monday 27th March so have your say now! http://www.marineteam.org/response-guide-qld-gov-survey-on-plastic-bag-ban/
Further reading: check out the national website http://boomerangbags.org/ or join the national Boomerang Bags Facebook group as a great place to get ideas on how others are running Boomerang Bags (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1039774889391899/)
If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact Bess, Community Engagement Coordinator at CAFNEC on 4032 1746 or firstname.lastname@example.org