We’re joining the international campaign to refuse single-use plastic during July. Committee members have taken the challenge and we invite you too!
We’ll screen a film in June to raise awareness, talk about it and invite you to sign up for the challenge too!
In July, we’ll organise a workshop to make our own honey wraps. With organic wax, we create reusable wraps for lunches and to cover food – no more cling film!
And then, early August, we’ll “wrap-up” with a Dilemma Bag Pot Luck, when we’ll share our experience and celebrate our efforts.
Watch this space for details and follow us on Facebook !
It’s been daunting at times, but thanks to everyone’s awesome effort, we managed to pull through after 6 sewing drives.
120 locally made, unique, in outstanding quality, reusable shopping bags!
They were sold way before they were made! And after several distribution events, every pledge was fulfilled. And we managed to raise $6000! With this money, we’ll buy commercially made bags with our logo to continue our campaign.
If you can’t make it to a ‘WANAKA BAG’ Sewing Drive today there’s still a way you can help. Put your sewing skills to good use help by making a bag or two with our pre-cut kits.
Pre-cut bag kits can be picked up from Gina at Wanaka Wastebusters, Cnr Ballantyne and Riverbank Roads, open 9am-5pm, 7 days.
Download sewing instructions
If you already have a kit and need a little more help drop us a line and we’ll make sure you get the support you need.
Below are a bunch of photos which show you all the various elements of the design.
Side panel and top seam
Logo Patch Pocket
Handle sewn into top hem
Base of bag (French Seams)
On the 1st of September we launched our Pledgeme campaign to raise funds for the ongoing commercial production of cotton Wanaka bags to provide an affordable alternative to plastic bags. Our goal was to raise $5,500 and we have SMASHED our target cracking the $6,000 mark a few days ago.
Our locally-made, Limited Edition ‘Wanaka Bags’ sold like hot cakes but we still have some great rewards available and home sewers can purchase a pre-cut pack to make their very own Wanaka Bag.
We are also offering two products which offer an alternative to disposable containers:
- The Plastic Bag Free Wanaka Karma Cup, a barista style glass coffee cup (to reduce our contribution to the one million take-away disposable cups that go into landfill each minute).
- Stainless steel Eco Safe Plastic Bag Free Wanaka reusable drink bottles.
With the funds we have raised we will order 1,000 commercially made ‘Wanaka Bags’ to be sold in shops in Wanaka, offering an affordable alternative to disposable plastic bags.
Don’t miss out – pledge now!
Our fantastic rewards include a glass barista style coffee cup for a $25 pledge, the limited edition Wanaka bag and stainless steel eco bottle, both for $20 pledge. Pledge more and get more for your bucks!
Sewers and non-sewers join forces to defeat the plastic bag invasion. Help us to create fabulous Wanaka reusable bags to be sold on Pledge Me.
We need you! Bring your trusty sewing machine (if you have one), pins, thread, sharp scissors and something yummy to share. Patterns and fabric available for home sewers.
Sat 3rd September, 1pm-4pm
Thu 8th September, 6pm-9pm
Adam and Eve Bakery backroom, 54 Reece Crescent
Email email@example.com to register or find out more.
Congratulation Leigh Cooper for your awesome logo!
We’ve received dozens of cool logos including very cute ones from school kids so thanks to all participants!
And thank you to our sponsors for a great hamper prize.