Tania Potts

Tania is the co-founder of Boomerang Bags, a community based Not-For-Profit based on the Gold Coast, Australia, known for its pristine sandy beaches and surf culture. Tania’s working life began in the RAAF after which she became a regional airline pilot who gave up flying to home-school her four children for 17 years. Then, some five years ago, inspired by the documentary ‘Bag-It’, she felt obligated to create something locally to tackle the scourge of plastic pollution. Tania’s journey began with exploring ways to raise awareness and foster sustainable behaviours as alternatives to single use plastics such bottles and plastic bags. Since the launch of Boomerang Bags in a small Gold Coast beachside suburb in 2014, more than 450 communities worldwide have adopted the Boomerang Bags model with more communities coming on board weekly.  What began as a shopping bag share scheme that used volunteer power to upcycle material destined for landfill to make reusable bags, is now a model of reuse and community connections. Tania’s fulltime volunteer role is to support new and existing Boomerang Bags communities through workshops, gatherings and education.

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