From little things big things grow

Parap Primary School is calling on the Top End community to get on board to help make Darwin a more environmentally friendly place to live!

The school’s  ‘Eco Committee’, made up of students, parents and teachers, has been busy making reusable shopping bags (based on the Boomerang Bags initiative) to distribute at markets and local shops to replace single use plastic bags. 

The bags are the brainchild of the school’s ‘Eco Warriors’ who identified the bags as a way to create more awareness of the need to reduce, reuse and recycle.

Eco Warriors are a group of students from all year levels who meet once a week to discuss environmental issues and identify ways to make the school and community more sustainable and eco-friendly.

Students came up with the idea to use reusable bags stemmed after talking about the need to create partnerships with local community networks, particularly the markets, to avoid the overuse of plastics.

The process of creating the bags is one which involves the school community with the ‘eco-mums’ meeting each Wednesday to sew the bags. The students are kept busy screen printing the labels.

Bags will be available in the coming weeks from Parap Fine Foods, Paraphernalia Gift Shop in Parap and Greenies Real Food in Rapid Creek. All money raised goes back into Parap Primary School’s eco-fund, towards other sustainable initiatives.

Wider community members are invited to be involved by donating materials or volunteering their time to help sew or stitch the bags. Any businesses with space available to share and promote the bags are also encouraged to get in touch.

Email Parap Primary School for more information parappsoffice@ntschools.net.

Some of the Parap Primary school ‘Eco Warriors’ proudly show off their reusable shopping bags.