BagShare at NOFA Summer Conference

The Bag Share will be at the
NOFA Summer Conference
On Saturday Aug. 12
at Hampshire College, Amherst, MA


Look for Us on August 12th!


http://nofasummerconference.org/

Adams 8,400 Bag Challenge Update

The #AdamsBagShareChallenge is working so well,
we need more materials!

PLEASE SEE OUR WISH LIST
FOR ITEMS WE NEED NOW


(AND ITEMS WE WILL CONTINUE TO NEED AS MORE BagShare PROJECTS GROW IN THE FUTURE!)

Especially needed are more bird seed, animal feed or malt bags, used irrigation tape, maple syrup tubing, baling twine or used rope.

We'll need them to meet our challenge to create 8,400 shopping bags by Earth Day. (One for everyone in the town of Adams, MA!)

If you're a farmer or animal owner (or know some), please contact Leni
or call 413-634-5591
to donate.



Adams Sets Challenge to Make 8,400 Recycled Shopping Bags


By Tammy Daniels, iBerkshires Staff
February 24, 2017


ADAMS, Mass. — The town of Adams is setting a challenge: to create 8,400 recycled shopping bags by Earth Day on April 22.

The local BagShare Project uses recycled materials — mainly plastic woven feed bags and used irrigation tubing — to create free reusable bags for consumer use.  Brought to North Berkshire by Leni Fried and Mike Augspurger of the Old Stone Mill, the town's taken up the challenge to create a sustainable bag for every resident in Adams ahead of the plastic bag ban that goes into effect on March 30 for larger retailers.



"As most of you know, the bag ban was voted last year ... primarily large retailers will not be able to give out plastic bags," said Town Administrator Tony Mazzucco at Tuesday's Arts Advisory Board reception. "It's great environmental progress for the town of Adams and some communities far wealthier and more progressive than the town of Adams have failed to do this so far."

The town and the Adams Arts Advisory Board, in conjunction with the Old Stone Mill, is calling on organizations, businesses, colleges, civic groups, schools, neighborhoods, congregations and individuals to pledge to make 120 bags. It's not just for Adams — anyone interested in helping out can join. Mazzucco said the town's employees are challenging North Adams to make bags.

While the goal is to make enough bags for the population of Adams, anyone can make bags for their families or friends or co-workers.

The BagShare Project dates to 2007 and is the brainchild of Fried, who began teaching groups how to sew them in the Cummington area. According to the website, some 15,000 recycled bags have been made from fabric, canvas and woven plastic.

The Old Creamery in Cummington became one of the first stores to stock the free bags and donated recycled totes. The store was using 49,000 paper bags annually; since 2009, it's been offering boxes or free bags and is saving about $5,000 annually.



The Fire House Cafe on Park Street, now the home of the Adams Anthony Center, has been hosting workshops on how to make bags. It will be open from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, for anyone interested in learning about the project or who wants to make bags.

Francie Anne Riley of the advisory board explained that the bags are mainly made from feed, bird seed or malt bags, including donations from Bright Ideas Brewery. The bags are cut, folded and grommeted with irrigation tubing handles. Bill Kolis, owner of the cafe, said they hold 50 to 100 pounds and last forever.



"What you have is something a little bit bigger than a paper grocery bag, it's made of that woven plastic so you can hose them out when they get dirty," Riley said. "They're fun, they've got pretty cool designs on them from the different grains. ... There are pictures on them depending what they were used for."



The firehouse already has a pile of bags of various sizes, but anyone can bring their own materials.



"It's really quite simple to do, a bag probably takes 10 minutes to put together," Riley said. "When you think about keeping stuff like that out of landfills, it's wonderful.

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Those interested in the challenge can pick up a pledge form at Town Hall or sign up online here.

In addition to the firehouse workshops, Fried can be contacted at leni@oldstonemillcenter.org or 413-634-5591 to set up a bag-making event at the Old Stone Mill.

"Given the farms we currently have in the community and our agricultural history, it ties in very well to who we are and what we're trying to do," Mazzucco said.

#AdamsBagShareChallenge

Latest Initiative In Adams, MA!

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

» •• Sign up online here ••

We need 70 groups to take the pledge!

Check out the growing list of groups in the left hand sidebar of this site!

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