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In the bag  . . . Temuka Patchwork Group members with some of the hundreds of reusable bags they have made are (from left) Liz Simpson, Kate Rodwell, Lorna Wiley-Brooks, Hazel Coombs, Elsie Sargent, Norma Grant, Bev Stonehouse, Melva Drummond and Janice Good. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

Members of the Temuka Patchwork Group have been sewing up a storm in the push to replace plastic bags.

The group has made two batches of reusable bags this year to give to local charity shops to use instead of plastic bags.

The first batch of about 200, made earlier this year, was donated to Hospice South Canterbury to use in its shops, and the second batch of about 300 has been shared between Hospice and the St John shop in Timaru.

Group president Janice Good said a member of the group sourced significant amounts of furnishing material, so members decided to use it to make a variety of different-sized bags, with the aim of helping to reduce the number of plastic bags in use.

The patchwork group meets on the second and fourth Tuesday each month in the St John rooms in Temuka.