PLASTIC bags are a big issue not only in the Echuca-Moama area but across the country.
But St Marys Primary School have showed a way to change everyone’s thoughts, and brought their families along for the ride.
The school pledged 605 boomerang bags, made out of used pillow cases, to the Echuca-Moama Plastic Bag Free Committee.
The number represented every staff member and student in the school (pictured).
Terrina Phelan, former sustainability teacher at St Mary’s and Plastic Bag Free Echuca-Moama group member said none of the bags would have been possible without the support of all the families and the community.
‘‘They have been the backbone of this mission which highlights what incredible power community has,’’ she said.
‘‘With the strength of the community, the school exceeded their goal, making a total of 1247 boomerang bags.’’
She explained to the students that if one of the bags was used three times a week over a year, it would prevent the use of nearly 200,000 plastic bags.
The bags will be used at the local farmers market and other locations starting from the new year but they will also be used by everybody who contributed to the project.
Since the project was completed at the school, the Lockington community will be the next group to take up the task.
For information on the Boomerang Bags movement, visit www.boomerangbags.org.au