Bag It! (in style)

Our next Sewing Day back in the lovely surroundings of Helena House Hall at Helena College Darlington Campus. First Tuesday of the month. Please check in at the Admin. Building first before coming to the Hall on the Lower Ground Level entrance from the rear is best.

TUES Sept. 5
10AM – 2PM
Helena College Darlington Campus, Helena House Hall
145 Ryecroft Road, Darlington, WA 6070

We need lots of these alternative bags to help our community transition to the plastic-free shopping habit of bringing their own bags. Come and join in some creative fun (with a social purpose). There are plenty of non-sewing jobs, but these things are always needed:

  • scissors
  • sewing machine
  • overlocker
  • material (to donate)
  • cotton

These community-created Boomerang Bags are placed at participating local shops and are available free to Borrow & Bring Back. They encourage a habit of re-use amongst local shoppers and are part of a transitional strategy to encourage the use of natural alternatives AND Ban Single-use Plastic Bags in our Shire (and the world)!

This is a joint campaign by the Wasteless Pantry and Mundaring in Transition.
Hope we see you soon, so sign up for Workshop Reminders.

Giving Back – Service & Action

Boomerang Bag making with just a few days notice, a rainy day and yet … we had a hugely productive day. Especially thanks to the younger generation “doin’ time with Nan”. That’s Community Service time, an idea we’re keen to see replicated all over the Shire. Will these Facebook pics do as proof for Helena College, or do we need to sign your logs. Bonus …. there were yummy cookies as well! What are you waiting for? Organise a sewing group soon. We can help you. Contact transition@mt.org.au

No waste, no worries … make cider

Thanks to our wonderful MiT volunteer apple pickers, a large proportion of the 700kg we sourced for our Community Apple Cider Making Day were windfalls. Saved from the waste pile, but perfectly fine for cider.
A whole bunch of Hills locals gathered at Jodie & Mark Hutton’s characterful home on the rural outskirts of Mundaring to be part of the hectic, hands-on buzz of transforming a huge trailer load of fruit into wonderful cider juice. Peter Lewis-Affleck did a fabulous job of explaining the history & the processes of cider making, and coordinated all the energetic activity. An impromtu (and incredibly generous) donation of organic pears by Rob of POP – Parkerville Organic Produce was wildly popular, adding to the great community spirit of the day. Still plenty of time for sharing stories, making new contacts, swapping food ideas, drinking good coffee and best of all: having hosts who just kept the woodfired pizzas coming for hours! Legends.

Our Fruit Squad bring an Olive Harvest in

A whole bunch of people from our Fruit Squad rocked up to Karin’s beautiful olive orchard in Stoneville to help pick 500kgs of olives! It definitely wasn’t all hard work though. The food breaks were pretty good .. there’ll be a queue if we ever get invited back here again
Haven’t heard about our Fruit Squad mob? Check it out here https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/fruit-squad-alerts-tickets-31627838717

Making change happen

These bags are taking off! We’re ready to help take it to the next level and help YOU initiate some bagmaking. We’re happy to help with volunteers and advice to get you started. Get your resources together. Get your kids helping during the holidays.
Can’t spare the time, but love to contribute? Consider a small donation.
Lots of ways to get involved.

Do we really need ANOTHER fast food outlet?

Many of us at MiT are not big fans of the multi-national fast food concept, especially when our town already seems to have a plethora of them and another about to appear in Sawyers! So we put together a petition to see who else felt that way. Then, when people said “Don’t bother, the Shire won’t take that into consideration” we decided to write a formal group submission of objection to represent all the people who needed their opinions voiced. Today we submitted it at the Shire of Mundaring just before the deadline. Building the community we want takes time & commitment, but we’re up for it. Thanks for your support.

Bag makers at work

Not everybody was deterred by the heavy rains on Thursday. We still had a great group  cutting out, sewing, ironing bags and stamping logos. The collection of Boomerang Bags will soon be appearing in local stores as a “borrow & bring back” alternative to single-use plastic shopping bags. Look for them at Woolworths, Hills Fresh and The Wasteless Pantry. Stay tuned for more bag making opportunities soon. Or if you just can’t wait, call in to the Wasteless Pantry to get some pocket logos – or even some cut out kits – to take home and get crafting.

Another food waste solution

We’re passionate about avoiding food waste, which is partly why the 3rd Sunday of the month Food Share was started. Some people have suggested there may be owners of fruit trees (or other edibles) out there who have more than they can cope with. Happy to say we can help out. We’ve assembled a bunch of volunteers who are willing to help harvest and share the crop.

Please spread the word if you know anyone who needs help.

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