A group in Anchorage makes shopping bags and gives them away for free.

They are part of a global project called Boomerang Bags. All over the world volunteers get together and make shopping bags from recycled materials as an alternative to using plastic.

Locally they meet on the second Thursday of each month at the Anchorage Community House in Spenard.

Host Courtney Munson says it's not just about having the bag, it's about changing habits and using the bag.

"A lot of people have bags and they just don't use them, 'cause they'll forget them in their car, or they'll forget them at home," says Munson.

Another tenant of Boomerang Bags is that the materials are donated and the bags are free. Munson says giving the bags away creates a hyper-local gift economy.

"It's getting to know people in your community and asking for things that you need and receiving gifts and no money is ever exchanged," says Munson.

Volunteers don't need to know how to sew. There are plenty of other ways to get involved, including prep work, according to Munson. She says they are always looking for donations of fabric, cotton is the easiest to sew into bags she says.

To connect with Boomerang Bags you can go to their Facebook page

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