Huge sewing effort from young plastic bag free supporter

Bella is an 11-year-old student at Maeroa Intermediate and has been working towards receiving her Koru Flash badge— one of the tasks she took on to earn her badge was the ‘join a community group and give service to the community’ task.

To tick this task off the list, Bella joined Plastic Bag Free Raglan’s Bag It sewing group during the school holidays. She attended one Bag It Raglan sewing session and afterwards organiser Vicki gave her some extra fabric to take home. Over the rest of school holiday’s Bella was able to sew 97 reusable bags.

She even sewed an extra bag to gift her teacher. Bella shared with her teacher why Raglan is working towards becoming a plastic bag free town, highlighting that Raglan is a seaside community and is aware that there is a major pollution issue. She says, “By making these reusable bags, we are helping people become more aware of pollution and the dangers plastic bags pose to our environment.”

To find out more about Bag It Raglan, visit their Facebook page: or join the next Bag It sewing day May 17 from 10:30am – 2:30pm at the Town Hall Supper Room.

To find out more about Plastic Bag Free Raglan visit