Boomerang Bags is an Australian community initiative to replace plastic bag use with recycled, upcycled fabric Community Made bags.  


Boomerang Bags is a community driven initiative tackling plastic pollution at the grassroots level.

Dedicated schools, community groups, businesses and volunteers get together to make re-useable ‘Boomerang Bags’ using recycled materials as a means to replace plastic bags. Through Boomerang Bags we start conversations, make friends, up-cycle materials and work towards shifting society’s throw away mentality to a more sustainable revolution of reuse – one community, needle and thread at a time!



Boomerang Bags work to reduce the use of plastic bags by engaging local communities in the making of Boomerang Bags, these are community made bags using recycled materials. Boomerang Bags provide a free, fun, sustainable alternative to plastic bags.

By getting involved with Boomerang Bags you are participating in a national movement that celebrates a local grassroots initiative, community building and sustainability.

1) Build community

Boomerang Bags ‘communities’ are areas in which groups of volunteers get together to make bags regularly for the wider community to use. You can either make bags solo, join a nearby Boomerang Bags community, start a community of your own, or simply get together with friends to make a few bags over a cuppa!

2) Collect materials

Rummage through the linen closets of family, friends and friends of friends, or clean out your local op-shop for second-hand materials suitable for making bags!

3) Make Boomerang Bags!

Get together with above mentioned group and make Boomerang Bags! You can use our templates, or come up with your own designs.

4) Put them to use!

Let the bags out into your local community!

If you don’t live near a current Boomerang Bags community, give them away to friends, family, colleagues, the bagless stranger in front of you at the supermarket, wrap presents in them, or stash them in your car and handbag so that you’re never caught without a re-useable bag when you need one!


How Dungog is Involved

 Donna Cavanough and Michelle Dado-Millynn

Donna Cavanough and Michelle Dado-Millynn

Dungog is the 20th community to embrace the Boomerang Bag initiative. With business, council, school and community support we launch in town at the end of July 2016. Raising awareness and getting us all involved to 'Recycle, Reuse, Reduce, Renew' our rubbish and waste in our communities is the way forward to a cleaner, regenerative, sustainable and healthier environment for all. The plastic pollution, waste and rubbish problem on land and in the waterways and oceans is huge. The time is now for us all to take responsibility in our everyday to get involved to make a difference now and for the future of our most precious natural world home and ALL of we animals that share life within it.  

  • Fabric donations and bag makers/sewers welcome !! 


Sewing Bees

There are regular sewing bees in town at the Dungog Festival Office, Dowling Street.

  • Thursday 2 June 2016, from 12 - 5pm

The Tzu Chi Foundation are helping make bags too !

  Amanda Gale, Liz Hughes, Donna and Robyn   Meincke

Amanda Gale, Liz Hughes, Donna and Robyn Meincke

 Ross Milford, Liz Hughes, Marilyn Milford, Ros Holder

Ross Milford, Liz Hughes, Marilyn Milford, Ros Holder

Find out more at

Click here to download the Boomerang Bags flyer

Dungog Businesses Supporting Boomerang Bags

  • The Long Room
  • IGA
  • ChillBillies
  • Coffee Bean
  • Country Elegance Gardens & Gifts Nursery
  • About Time Beauty Services
  • Dungog Country Antiques
  • Local Living Dungog
  • The Growers Stall
  • Dungog Shire Community Centre
  • Dungog District Chamber of Commerce

If your business would like to be a part of the Boomerang Bags, please contact Michelle.

Where did Boomerang Bags Start?

The first Boomerang Bags community was started in Burleigh Heads in 2013, founded by Jordyn de Boer and Tania Potts.


Michelle Dado-Millynn has a regular spot on Radio Dungog  on Tuesdays about 4.00pm to 4.30pm starting 24th May and then every second tuesday till Boomerang Bags are officially launched at the end of July.

For more information, please get in touch with:

Michelle Dado-Millynn
Boomerang Bags Dungog Coordinator
Mob 0418 257 810
boomerangbagsdungog @