"Where does your fabric for the bags from?"
Our answer: We started with surplus curtains from the Dunedin Curtain Bank, which were too small, or otherwise unsuitable for their needs. We also had a considerable stash of fabrics at our studio at the Stitch Kitchen.
We have also had fabric given to us in the form of curtains and duvet covers from the surplus from op-shops, who find these items difficult to sell.
Local curtain manufacturer, Active Furnishings, have also invited up to see what we can use from their off-cuts, which they normally have to dump.
Our aim to to be able to accept more of the surplus and 'waste' materials from op-shops and local manufacturers, to help reduce the 4K Tones of textile waste that ends up in Dunedin Landfill each year!
We are always careful about the type of fabric we select for bag making, ensuring it is strong, stain-free and easy care.
If you have a question, or have been asked about the project, please do pass it on to us so we can include it in our FAQs
The last month has been highly eventful for the social and economic climate in the world of bags!
Our government announced it's positive response to pressure from community, with it's resolution to have single use plastic bags phased out over the next 12 months.
Major retailers have also responded, with Mitre 10, Z, The Warehouse, Countdown and Foodstuffs removing their traditional single use bags from checkouts (replacing them with stronger versions of plastic bags -intended for reuse...we can hope).
The details are still very fuzzy, and it comes with it's share of controversy...as there always will be with any major social change. If you're keen to follow up on some of the details, here are some great articles:
To give an update, and hear your thoughts on this, we will be holding a public meeting, and hope very much that you'll be able to join us:
BAGS FOR GOOD PUBLIC MEETINGMONDAY 10th September, 6-7pm
Stitch Kitchen Studio: 88 Vogel Street, corner of Jetty Street
Please RSVP by the 7th September by emailing me: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you cannot make it, but have any questions, or suggestions, please also let me know by email.
Bags For Good now available at Blacks Road Green Grocer!
Thanks to all the wonderful bags made over the past few months at our sewing bees at The Valley Project, and by our volunteers sewing at home, we are able to stock our first retailer!
Blacks Road have a wide selection of un-packaged goods, reusable packaging options, local produce, and a fantastic in store cafe so you can really take your time deciding on your purchases :).
Drop in and say Hi to Christopher and check out our bags on our bag tree by the counter.
To celebrate the start of the bag library @ Blacks Road, we are running a competition to win one of our limited edition super-bags plus a $25 voucher!
BORROW, TAG & WIN! With Bags For Good and Blacks Road Green Grocer
Simply visit Blacks Road Grocer, borrow a bag, take photos and share them on social media (Facebook or Instagram) and make sure to tag Blacks Road Grocer and Bags for Good
Winner drawn, and tagged on our page, on Wednesday 1st August
Bags for Good co-ordinator, Fiona Jenkin, recording bag adventures on the mission to reduce textile waste, reduce plastic, and build friendships.