Launceston businesses supporting Afghan community

CRAFTS: Bararbakht Ivorouzi with one of her bags at the Global Village on Sunday. Picture: Stefan Boscia
CRAFTS: Bararbakht Ivorouzi with one of her bags at the Global Village on Sunday. Picture: Stefan Boscia

An increasing number of Launceston businesses are selling reusable shopping bags crafted by Afghani immigrants. 

Charles Street Grocer and the Tasmanian Artisan Shop are among the retail stores to stock the bags and help support the Afghani community. 

The reusable bags were also featured at the Harvest Market throughout Plastic Free Launceston’s Plastic Free July initiative.​

Bararbakht Ivorouzi ran a workshop on how to craft the bags at the Tamar Valley Peace Festival’s Global Village event on Sunday.

“We make the bag at home for shopping bag, for book bag for children, to reduce plastic,” she said. 

“It’s good for shopping and it’s better than plastic.”

It’s really great for the ladies to be able to use their skills to be able to help with that process

Women’s Friendship Group's Jo Dean

Women’s Friendship Group member Jo Dean said more people in Launceston were recognising the need to curb their use of plastic. 

“We’re in a time of transition and moving away from plastic bags to alternatives that are much more sustainable in caring for the planet,” she said.

“It’s really great for the ladies to be able to use their skills to be able to help with that process.”