Inspired by the petition to ban single-use plastic shopping bags submitted to the Bisbee city council by a group of Cochise College students, Sarah Meggison and Camille Shannon decided to create action at the grass roots level by forming a Bisbee(BZB) offshoot of Bags for the People(BFTP). With a call for materials, people from the community donated old fabric and shirts to be transformed into bags. After the first BFTP BZB sew-in, Sarah and Camille proved how simple the creation of reusable bags can be, inspiring others in their community to sew their own bags, as well as sparking up interest from the city council.
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About Sarah and Camille:
Sarah Meggison was roaming across the country by train when she heard about Bags for the People. Instantly she knew it was something she wanted to be apart of. Always questioning the ubiquitous symbol of consumerism, she now saw a way to create change and shift awareness. Growing up in the suburbs between Denver and Boulder, Colorado, Sarah was constantly presented with alternatives and concepts from the “green” way of thinking. After moving to Bisbee, Arizona in 2007 she was able to begin implementing the action she had always dreamed about.
Camille Shanahan began sewing as a wee tot not knowing that one day her sewing skills would bee needed in the sweet little town of Bisbee, Arizona. Once tucked into the mule mountains Camille’s nimble fingers began to respond to potential bursting in every cactus bloom and need for change. Driven by the idea that the trinity of thought, word, and action must bee played out- Bags for the People was naturally (so!) the response to a potential ban on single use plastic bags. The creation of cloth bags made from all that wonderful, extra fabric laying around people’s houses is a step closer to mirroring the natural, cyclical cycles nature shows us day after day. Truly, we reap sew. Camille currently dwells atop the mountain in one of Todd Bogatay’s amazing off the grid homes as the Shrinekeeper. She cherishes her life there water coloring, growing with her plants, knitting with ninjas, writing haiku, and learning her place in the ebb and flow.