Plastic is a big issue for the environment. It sits in landfill and clogs up the ocean, strangling marine life. As the Resource and Waste Education Officer for Snowy Monaro Regional Council, Edwina Lowe knows these impacts firsthand and decided to do something about it.
In 2017, she helped found local community group Jindabyne Boomerang Bags. The group turns donated fabric into shopping bags, helping to cut down on plastic waste. Around 200 bags have been made so far thanks to regular sewing bees, and the idea has spread to other communities as well.
It’s a battle to change people’s reliance on plastic, but Edwina is not giving up. She continually educates people through Jindabyne Boomerang Bags' social media page and encourages everyone to live a more environmentally sustainable life.