Don't bag it, it's sew good for the planet
A MONTO businesswoman is giving new life to her old stock feed bags.
Monto Rural Traders' Jennifer Roth said she had the idea for about six months after seeing something online, but a month ago finally got around to making her prototype.
Now, she has been pumping out the reusable bags, which take her about 20 minutes to stitch, with the assistance of one of her clients.
"Reducing waste is foremost in everyone's mind at the moment,” Mrs Roth said.
"We sell so many feed bags and I wondered what happened to them when they leave my store.”
The answer, as she found out from her clients, was most of them ended up in the bin.
Now, she invites people to return their empty bags to the store, where they are collected and sewn into reusable bags which can be purchased for a gold coin donation.
Money raised, Mrs Roth said, will be used to support worthy local causes.
Her home-made bags have also been useful in helping the business move away from single-use plastics following the Queensland ban.
She's also sending some bags to the upcoming inaugural Australian Biosphere Conference in Hervey Bay.