Last month we officially launched Bags For Good at The Regent Theatre 24-Hour Book Sale!
The whole weekend was amazing, but a special highlight for me was hearing volunteers who've helped at the sewing bees and by sewing bags at home say how proud they felt to be part of the project!
Our beautiful hand-made stands were finished just in time! I've affectionately named the stands our 'bag trees', and hanging the bags on them was more exciting than decorating any Christmas Tree, and I think they looked better too, especially once the bags started to be returned into the baskets at the bottom :). The bag trees were handmade by Mark, a local man-of-all-trades who carefully considered the design and materials to ensure they were safe for use near food, adaptable for different settings, and lightweight for transport.
We we thrilled to see most people had remembered to bring their bags, but still loaned over 60 bags (many as 'shopping baskets' while people browsed), and had around 40 returned throughout the sale, and in the week after. Feedback from everyone was very positive, and the bags proved their strength and versatility many times over.
So, where are we going next?...
Bags for Good co-ordinator, Fiona Jenkin, recording bag adventures on the mission to reduce textile waste, reduce plastic, and build friendships.