HOSPITAL CURTAINS HELP KEEP BASS COAST PLASTIC FREE

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Wednesday 12 September 2018
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Pictured above (Back row, L-R):
Boomerang Bag Sewing Group member Annette Read, Bass Coast Health Team Leader South Coast Integrated Family Services Helen Searle and Boomerang Bag Sewing Group member Pierrette Boustany.

Pictured above (Front row, L-R): Boomerang Bag Sewing Group member Lynne Gower, Bass Coast Health CEO Jan Child and Aileen Vening.


HOSPITAL CURTAINS HELP KEEP BASS COAST PLASTIC FREE

Bass Coast Health (BCH) CEO Jan Child recently had the pleasure of meeting Annette Read, Pierrette Boustany, Lynne Gower, Helen Searle and Aileen Vening, who are part of the Plastic Bag Free Bass Coast Group. These ladies visited BCH to donate ‘boomerang bags’ they had made from recycled curtains from the Wonthaggi Hospital.

 

Jan was particularly pleased to meet Lynne Gower who worked as a seamstress at the Wonthaggi Hospital for 23 years.

 

 “Can you believe Lynne retired only seven years ago! During her time at the hospital, she (and another seamstress) made everything – including curtains, uniforms, nighties, pyjamas and baby clothes”, Jan marvelled.

 

Lynne joined the Thursday night ‘Boomerang Bags Sewing Group’ about 18 months ago and usually sews about 30 bags every week. It was a great surprise when the hospital curtains she sewed in the 1990’s turned up to be made into bags.

 

Jan said BCH is working towards being a more environmentally sustainable service.

 

“We have already done some good work behind the scenes in the last year or so. We have a group of very passionate staff and consumer representatives on our Environmental Sustainability Steering Committee and are busy working on implementing some new strategies”, she said.

 

Initiatives introduced in recent times have been ‘keep’ cups, less paper usage, photocopying and printing, recycling paper and a strong focus on recycling food waste. 

 

The health service is currently offering one of the special boomerang bags made from recycled hospital curtains to staff and volunteers who provide ideas on how the service can become even more environmentally-friendly.