Gearing up for Plastic Free July

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 !

Our home-made bags campaign success

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.

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Join the bag sewing drive

sewing drive photo

Sewers and non-sewers join forces to defeat the plastic bag invasion.  Help us to create fabulous Wanaka reusable bags to be sold on PledgeMe.

We need you! Bring your trusty sewing machine (if you have one), pins, thread, sharp scissors and something yummy to share. Pre-cut kits & instructions available for home-sewers.

We have held four amazing sewing drives – thanks to all the awesome people that showed up to help us make bags and home sewing kits.

One Last Drive for Sewers!

Sat 8th October  9:30am-12:30pm Mt Aspiring College, Rm 23 and 24

This last drive is for sewers as we have already prepped all the bits and pieces we need to make our bags.

To volunteer as a home-sewer, email gina@wanakawastebusters.co.nz

Home sewers

IMG_20161008_121512.jpgIf 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

Side panel and top seam

side panel and bottle loop

Bottle Loop

side and top seams

French Seams

logo pocket

Logo Patch Pocket

inside pocket

Inside Pocket

handles

Handles

handle attachment

Handle sewn into top hem

bottle loop

Bottle Loop

base and side panel

Base of bag (French Seams)

PledgeMe campaign

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:

  1. 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).
  2.  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!

Keep Cup2 sml  the bag sml  water bottle sml

Join the Wanaka bag sewing drive

sewing drive photo

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 plasticbagfreewanaka@gmail.com to register or find out more.