Boomerang Bags and Plastic Free Phillip Island & San Remo would like to thank Laura & Matt McNamara and their family for generously donating $8000 towards our efforts. Funds were raised from individuals around Australia through the raffle of their plant-based cafe Island Whole Foods, with clean beach initiative Take 3 for the Sea the other recipient of funds.
The donation will allow Boomerang Bags to move forward with the purchase of essential equipment that will allow volunteers to continue their creation of upcycled shopping bags. So far, Boomerang Bags volunteers have sewn over 8500 bags which equates to diverting over 2600 kgs of plastic bags from landfill.
“Boomerang Bags are overwhelmed by the amazing support that Laura and Matt have shown us since our inception. They are deeply committed to making a difference on environmental issues and are extremely connected to their local community. We are incredibly thankful for this generous donation, which will allow Boomerang Bags Phillip Island and San Remo to continue our mission to redirect textile waste from landfill whilst reducing single use plastic bags in our environment”, said Kylie McMurray from Boomerang Bags.
Plastic Free Phillip Island and San Remo will focus the donation on working with the community to develop sustainable solutions for single-use packaging, with Laura and Matt providing key input from their experience creating the Island’s first single-use plastic free eatery.
"Laura and Matt have been integral in growing the plastic free movement on Phillip Island over the past few years, their passion for protecting our oceans and dedication to community connectedness is inspiring and we can't thank them enough for their support. We are hugely grateful to Laura and Matt and all those who contributed to the raffle for their generous donation", said Lauren Barker from Plastic Free.
The McNamara's will hit the road in the new year to travel around Australia in a converted caravan documenting and sharing the benefits of minimalist living, plant-based nutrition and protecting our environment as 'The Avocado Tribe'. Follow their journey @theavocadotribe on instragram!