Latest Initiative In Adams, MA!

Take the 120 bag Pledge and help Adams meet their goal.

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We need 70 groups to take the pledge!

Groups signed up so far:
The Baguettes
Youth Center Inc
Big Y Team

Less for the Landfill thanks to Deerfield Academy

The latest school to adopt the bagshare projects nationwide initiative:
Less for the Landfill from Deerfield Academy on Vimeo.

the Bag Share gets air time on Public Radio International.

The BagShare in Amherst
» Listen here

In cities, on roadsides, in trees – the discarded plastic bag is everywhere, and nationwide Americans throw away some 100 billion of them each year. Some jurisdictions have bans or charges on single-use plastic bags. Volunteers in Western Massachusetts are trying to further reduce waste by turning scrap material into reusable shopping bags – and sharing them as an attractive and practical alternative.

Living on Earth’s Charlotte Rutty visits theBagShare.



Come One Come All!

Sew/ Sort/Grommet for The Bagshare Project
September 21, 6-8
Eastworks
Easthampton, MA
Space # 330

Drop off donations, Tour the sewing Center
Questions? Call Leni 
634-5591

Amherst Survival Center offering sewing workshops, access to machines

The Amherst Survival Center will offer free sewing workshops beginning July 7. (Republican file Diane Lederman)

By Diane Lederman, MassLive / Springfield Republican
June 30, 2016


AMHERST — Over the years, the Amherst Survival Center has expanded with health clinics, food pantry access on Saturdays and diaper distribution.

This summer it will offer sewing workshops for anyone in the community who wants to learn to sew or repair a garment who doesn't have access to a sewing machine. It's for "people who need to fix their clothing or people who need a refresher course," said Tracey Levy, program director.
Community member Roxy Schneider, who is working on the bag share program, had some extra machines and offered them to the center, Levy said. In BagShare, volunteers sew and donate cloth bags to stores, libraries, farmers markets and other places to help reduce waste.

In the days since Levy posted the workshops at the center, three people already asked to sign up. "There's definite interest," she said. "I'm thrilled about it," she said.

Experienced volunteers will be available to help during the workshops, Levy said.

The workshops are free and run Thursdays from 2 to 4:30 p.m. beginning July 7 and continuing through Aug. 25. Each workshop is limited to five people and those interested need to register.
People sign up can be in person, by email at tracey@amherstsurvival.org or phone at 549-3968, ext. 102.
Amherst Survival Center offering sewing workshops, access to machines
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The Amherst Survival Center will offer free sewing workshops beginning July 7. (Republican file Diane Lederman)
Diane Lederman | dlederman@repub.com By Diane Lederman | dlederman@repub.com

AMHERST — Over the years, the Amherst Survival Center has expanded with health clinics, food pantry access on Saturdays and diaper distribution. This summer it will offer sewing workshops for anyone in the community who wants to learn to sew or repair a garment who doesn't have access to a sewing machine. It's for "people who need to fix their clothing or people who need a refresher course," said Tracey Levy, program director.

Community member Roxy Schneider, who is working on the bag share program, had some extra machines and offered them to the center, Levy said. In BagShare, volunteers sew and donate cloth bags to stores, libraries, farmers markets and other places to help reduce waste. In the days since Levy posted the workshops at the center, three people already asked to sign up.

"There's definite interest," she said. "I'm thrilled about it," she said. Experienced volunteers will be available to help during the workshops, Levy said.

The workshops are free and run Thursdays from 2 to 4:30 p.m. beginning July 7 and continuing through Aug. 25. Each workshop is limited to five people and those interested need to register.

People sign up can be in person, by email at tracey@amherstsurvival.org or phone at 549-3968, ext. 102.

» Read on MassLive.com

Malt Bag Challenge



OUR LATEST HOW-TO VIDEO

The Latest Bagshare Project Initiative!

 
Super-Jiffy Barley Malt Bags.
With the rise of local craft beer breweries, 1000's of barley malt bags are landfilled across our state. We want to collect them all! They are super-easy to turn into sturdy re-useable shopping bags. Learn how to do it on our Patterns Page.


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To print out this flyer and more about the initiative,
go to : Start a bagshare

An impressive ally in Australia!!


This is one community that has their bags all in a row.
News from the BagShare and the Bagshare Sewing Center


As many of you learned from the last issue of The Goodwill Messenger, good will is spreading in the Hilltowns! The Bagshare Project out-grew the corner space at The Village Church and thanks to a suggestion from Bernie Forgea, I met with our select board to see if we could set up a sewing center in the basement of the Community House. (Get Directions on Google Maps)

We were given the go-ahead. We are calling it The Bagshare PLUS Sewing Center because The Bagshare Project is not only about sewing bags from scrap fabric. Now that we have a great space we can expand the project to include repairing our clothing and gear, sewing our own clothing, teaching sewing, repairing and maintaining sewing machines and any other "sustainability through sewing" related events.



Sewing Events

All events are free of charge. Anyone can ask to teach their own event. All ages and levels of ability are welcome. Here's the schedule 'sew' far!


4H Sewing Group
Bagshare Sewing Center
Lead by Kathy Harrison
Saturdays, 10-11 AM
Kathy teaches basic hand sewing skills and introduces our young ones to machine sewing. Call Kathy for details - 634-5631.

There will be many more classes coming! To use The Sewing Center, call Leni to get a tour first and learn about our zero waste challenge for the center. A hearty thanks to the Cummington Select Board for allowing this to happen, and another hearty thanks for our incubator space at The Village Church.



Our sewing machine repairmen hard at work at a recent repair clinic.