The Livingstone Bags on the production line.
The Livingstone Bags on the production line. Contributed

Progress on the environmentally friendly Cap Coast bags

THE LIVINGSTONE Shire bags are quickly going through production.

The brainchild of Rhodes Watson, he said the bags have finished being screen printed on each side and are ready to be sewn. They then will be checking for quality and then packaged up.

"There is 93 boxes weighing up to 15 kilo per box so I hope the house doesn't fall into the ground, it's 1.3 tonne,” he said.

The Livingstone Bags on the production line being cut, sewn and checked for quality.
The Livingstone Bags on the production line being cut, sewn and checked for quality. Contributed

The idea for the bags was a suggestion from his wife.

"To show every town in our shire, bringing the shire together,” Rhodes said.

And it has done just that.

The Livingstone Bags on the production line being cut, sewn and checked for quality.
The Livingstone Bags on the production line being cut, sewn and checked for quality. Contributed

"People have bought bags from Stanage Bay, Rossmoya, Glenlee, Glendale, The Caves, ordinarily they would have been bought at the coast,” Rhodes said.

Rhodes Watson is being proactive before the single use plastic bag ban comes into effect.
Rhodes Watson is being proactive before the single use plastic bag ban comes into effect. Trish Bowman

"It's been really good, we have sold about 1300 bags to shop retailers for sale themselves.

"So people that have missed out, they will get one.”

The Livingstone Bags on the production line being cut, sewn and checked for quality.
The Livingstone Bags on the production line being cut, sewn and checked for quality. Contributed

With over 7,000 bags on order, it well exceeded Rhode's initial goal.

"I really didn't expect that many,” he said.

"I thought it would be good to sell 3,000 bags.

"It went past that in the first four days.

The Livingstone Bags on the production line being cut, sewn and checked for quality.
The Livingstone Bags on the production line being cut, sewn and checked for quality. Contributed

Rhodes said he "can't wait” to have the product in his hot little hands.

"It's been a long process but it's happened in a short time as well, we only started three months ago.”