WITH plastic bags banned by many Border retailers, Boomerang Bags are flying out of shops.
Hundreds of the reusable cloth bags are made every week by Boomerang Bags - Albury-Wodonga but it still struggles to meet rising community demand.
Wodonga-based Indie School was the first to answer their call-out for help earlier this year.
They have made more than 120 Boomerang Bags and designed two display stands for Wodonga butchers' shops.
Indie School teacher Mark Crowhurst said Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning (VCAL) students in Years 11 and 12 had embraced the community project this year.
He said the students had made the bags, screen-printed the pockets with the school logo and built the stands.
"It's been a very positive and beneficial project for them," he said.
"It covers key learning areas as well as meeting personal development goals for Year 12 students.
"It's getting the students and the community working together well."
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Mr Crowhurst said the students had twice restocked stands at Butcher on Rise in the White Box Rise Shopping Centre and Mann Central.
He said the community response was positive.
"In the first week, the first stand was very depleted after three days," Mr Crowhurst said.
Indie School student leaders on the Boomerang Bags project were Cheyanne McRae, Josh Squance, Talia Collingridge and Kasey Payne.
Cheyanne, 18, said the Boomerang Bags project aligned with her concern for the environment.
"We all need to do our bit about climate change," she said.
"Anything that reduces the number of plastic bags going to landfill is a good thing."
Josh, 18, said the project had taught him to sew.
"You get better over time," he said.
"The project uses a lot of different skills too."
The Sustainable Activity Centre hosts Boomerang Bags sewing bees.
To volunteer or adopt a stand phone Andrea on 0409 205 230 or visit Boomerang Bags - Albury Wodonga & Surrounds on Facebook.
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