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Marcellus students craft reusable "Boomerang Bags" for local shoppers

A collaborative sustainability project undertaken by Marcellus students in grades 7-12 culminated this week with the presentation of a “Boomerang Bags” box at Nojaim Brothers Supermarket in the village of Marcellus.

The wooden box, constructed and painted by Marcellus faculty and students, is filled with reusable, fabric shopping bags that were hand-stitched by student and community volunteers. The sacks are free for Nojaim’s customers to use – with the hope they either return them to the store or continue using them in lieu of single-use, disposable plastic bags.

The first seeds for the project were planted last spring when Marcellus High School science teacher Ellen Spencer saw a video on the Facebook group #PlasticFreeFridays. The video highlighted some of the devastation visited on the environment by single-use plastic bags. It also discussed the large amount of textile waste that piles up in U.S. landfills. A grassroots Australian group called Boomerang Bags produced the video to raise awareness of the effects and discourage the use of disposable plastic shopping bags.

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