Doing small things that will look after the planet for the future generations has become very popular. Reduce, reuse, recycle has been around for a while now, but recently we have seen a bigger shift as large businesses and some states have banned single use plastic bags.
On Saturday one lady from Grafton decided to do something else that may help people with their weekly shop and reducing the use of plastics. Leah Stevenson from Lasting Impressions Bridal and Formal Wear and her daughter, Amity, showed up at Grafton Shoppingworld with 200 Tulle bags. The bags were made from tulle left over from her business that she has accumulated over time. She said “When I make a veil there is a bit left over down the side that is too big to throw away but too small to do anything with. Also sometimes people give me Tulle to embellish dresses and we may not use it all or the customer might change their mind. So over the years I have stored quite a bit of tulle, thinking that it may come in useful one day.”
After seeing advertisements and ideas from the War On Waste campaign, Leah came up with the idea of making tulle bags roughly the size of the small plastic bags used in the fruit and veggie section. After making 200 bags (that’s a lot of left over tulle from Lasting Impressions) she approached Grafton Shoppingworld about handing them out for free.
After one hour in Shoppingworld she had given out almost 200 bags. If anyone has tulle lying around their house and would like to put it to good use, make some tulle veggie bags or drop the tulle in to Lasting Impressions and Leah will make more bags.
Plastic bags are convenient but some of the problems they cause are:
- They often end up as rubbish littering streets, parks and waterways.
- They endanger wildlife and marine animals when they become entangled in them.
- Plastic bags can be mistaken for food by turtles and other wildlife.
- Litter clean-up costs run into millions of dollars every year.
Leah says she realizes that 200 bags isn’t a lot in the scheme of things but it will get people thinking about alternatives to use in that area. People reading about what she has done might go out and make there own. Another advantage that Leah sees is the “decluttering of tulle from her business” she says with a smile.
Although putting the veggies in the fridge in the bags would be like putting your veggies in the fridge in nothing due to the nature of tulle you can re-pack the fruit and veggies into paper bags or other containers when you get home. The tulle bags can be washed and reused multiple times.
Leah said she loves the robinet commercial but said “unfortunately the French word for tulle is still tulle, we just couldn’t make it any sexier”.
Watch the “Robinet” Commercial here