The group that created the Geraldine tea towel and apron to be marketed to the passing tourist trade and then grew potatoes in the school paddock to fund a bike track on the same piece of ground, has now created the Geraldine re-usable bag, made from sustainably sourced hemp.
Woodbury School Support Group chair Jane Robb said that the group had been looking to extend its range of Geraldine-branded products for some time and with the removal of single use plastics bags from the retail industry, it made sense to look to that area for their next venture.
Mrs Robb said sustainability has been a hot topic this year at the school with the children investigating what it means and how to act sustainably.
children had guest speakers visit to talk about sustainability and did projects. All the parents fielded many questions on the topic as our kids learned more and it became our inspiration to choose a product that would make us, and the children, proud and fit with the aim to be good environmental citizens.
Mrs Robb says they sourced the bags from NZbagit who produce stylish and compact bags from 100% sustainable hemp, a renewable resource and free from toxic dyes and additives. The bags can be machine washed and are durable.
The bags will be emblazoned with the highly popular Geraldine place name design that graces both the Geraldine tea towel and apron. It will be on sale around town at selected retailers for $15, making it a perfect gift for Christmas or addition to the handbag, car glove box and so on.
Stockists around Geraldine include the Cottage Pantry and Gallery, The Kitchen Cupboard and Forget Me Not (formerly Just One Wish).