Boomerang Bags made with love, by your community, for the planet

Trust Leeds is proud to have started the first Boomerang Bags community in Yorkshire.  To find out how you can get involved, please contact us. We’d love to have you as part of our self-reliant boomerang bagging network!   And if you want to buy our bags, or donate material, jewels or decorative bits, please get in touch.

The Boomerang Bags mission is ‘Connecting and empowering local communities to tackle plastic pollution at its source.’ The process of making a Boomerang Bag is a simple one. Either solo or through joining a local community – or in our case in our Self-Reliant Groups – we gather fabric from anywhere willing to donate, whether that be a charity shop or your own closet, use the Boomerang Bags pattern to sew bags, sell, give-away or otherwise distribute them, and encourage others to think about the sustainable alternatives to plastic shopping bags.

The result? Stylish and sustainable bags, perfect for everyday use and for starting conversations about the importance of shunning single use plastic. Buy them for school bags, give one to you grandma, or donate one to the stranger in the supermarket who’s forgotten their reusable bag.  Boomerang bags come back to you through community, love, connection and saving our planet.   To date there are 1,090 Boomerang Bags communities worldwide, making 485,579 reusable bags between them, and as a knock-on effect diverting 952 kilograms of fabric waste from reaching landfill.

‘It has become a movement towards shifting society’s throw-away mentality to a more sustainable revolution of re-purposing and reuse!’

There is no doubt that reducing our carbon footprint has never been a more pressing issue. In the last decade, single use plastic has come under particular scrutiny. Coffee cups, milkshake straws, shopping bags, food wrapping, everyday aids designed to be used once and thrown away. Convenient maybe, but when materials such as bamboo, stainless steel, glass and an abundance of fabric, which in itself is causing a problem, are readily available, why could our single use items not be made more sustainable? This was the question that Jordyn de Boer and Tania Potts asked. In 2013, the Australian born ladies started a conversation about plastic. Swamping our landfills, choking marine life, and littering our streets, plastic is undeniably having a devastating effect on the environment, with one plastic bag taking up to 1000 years to fully decompose. How to reduce the millions of single use plastic bags used by consumers every minute, whilst simultaneously tackling our ever-growing landfills? This is when their idea for Boomerang Bags was born. A Boomerang Bag is a reusable tote bag, produced in an environmentally conscious and way, with the aim of connecting groups of people and fostering sustainable behaviour.

That’s why Trust Leeds is joining this movement!