Bread Tag Collection – Helping one little boy reach a goal

by Katrina - The Organised Housewife

Michael’s mum shared the story of a goal her son, classmates and teacher have.  Not sure if they can reach their goal before the end of the year (would be great if they could), but I’m happy to help and I’ve started collecting! Can you help Michael and his classmates reach their goal? ~ Kat

Hi everyone!

Before I introduce myself, I’d like to give a big thanks to Kat for allowing me to ask for your help today. I have followed Kat’s blog for a few years now and I am regularly inspired to be better and to do better. I know that so many of you have been inspired by her too!

My name is Amy and I live in the North West of Australia, in a small city called Karratha. I have four kids, my oldest being 8-year old Michael. Michael is in year three at school and his class has had a particular ongoing maths project this year – collecting bread tags! Michael’s teacher has been trying to help the kids have an appreciation of numbers, more specifically, big numbers! How often have you heard kids play “shop” and charge their “customer” $100 for a cucumber, or they use large numbers when talking about time – Christmas feels like “a hundred thousand years away”?

Michael’s class has the goal to collect one million bread tags! To begin the project, the kids were invited to predict how long it would take them to collect one million. Answers ranged from one day to several months. Clearly, the kids had no idea!! To date, the class has collected several thousand bread tags. I appreciate that they are unlikely to collect one million bread tags this year, but this goal has at least helped them to gain a little understanding of how much one million is… or isn’t!

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There is not too long left in the school year, but I ask now for your help.

Will you please save your bread tags and send them to the school? 

You could save for a week or two and send just a couple, or save them for the next month and then send them – two bread tags, ten bread tags, fifty bread tags – it all adds up!!  Don’t limit yourself to bread tags either – these same sort of tags can be found on bags of fruit or vegetables or even some other products throughout the supermarket! We don’t need to limit our collections to only bread tags – they all look pretty much the same!

My son gets so excited every time a letter arrives for him from family or friends and it is filled with bread tags. His eyes light up every time a friend hands him a bag of bread tags. Even my 3.5 year old daughter gets excited when we do the food shopping and she sees the bread tags on different products! Recently I went on an excursion to the beach with my 6-year old son’s class. He got so excited when we found nine bread tags laying in the sand around the picnic table –  no, we weren’t combing the sand (I’m not that crazy!), they were just sitting on top of the sand!

So please, help us out!! You could really bring some smiles to a bunch of 8-year old’s faces, just by sending us your bread tags!! I thank you in advance for your help!

You can send the bread tags to:
Ms King’s Room 8 Class
Tambrey Primary School
Tambrey Drive
Karratha, WA, 6714

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65 comments

Natasha October 13, 2015 - 7:08 AM

My husband and I are on lite ‘n easy, all our lunches are packed in bags sealed with bread tags – some days we have 2 tags each! We shall have to start saving them now and send a happy package to you!

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Kate - Kat's Assistant October 13, 2015 - 8:53 AM

Oh that would be perfect, thank you Natasha.:)

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Natasha October 17, 2015 - 10:55 PM

a lite n easy eater here too, sending my tags your way…. Ive been saving them as I was thinking there must be something better I can use them for.

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Kayleen November 2, 2015 - 1:15 PM

My partner and I are also on lit n easy. we have been collecting the tags for a few weeks now. Will be sending you a package shortly

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Jen October 13, 2015 - 8:08 AM

Maybe once they have finished with then they could donate them to ‘bread tags for wheelchairs’ ?
I collect them for this cause – once u start looking for them you find bread tags in the strangest places. They cannot be recycled as they r smaller than a 50c piece.

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Kate - Kat's Assistant October 13, 2015 - 9:05 AM

What a lovely idea, Jen!

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Maryke Sinkinson October 13, 2015 - 8:56 AM

hello we will sent ours to your class and I think I have a few for you same here I was collecting for wheel chairs too good luck M/s King class

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Kate - Kat's Assistant October 13, 2015 - 9:05 AM

Lovely.:)

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Renae Smart October 13, 2015 - 9:26 AM

Hello, is it ok if they are slightly broken? I have just found half a dozen on my recycling / vaccuum. Will send from Adelaide- from a past Broome-ite 🙂

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 13, 2015 - 7:15 PM

I’m not sure, but worth sending them, thank you Renae 🙂

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Kath October 13, 2015 - 11:07 AM

We had been collecting them aimlessly for awhile now – so yay I can send you about 80 in one go!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 13, 2015 - 7:13 PM

that will be a great help, thank you Kath.

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Bonnie Claassen October 13, 2015 - 12:45 PM

Would love to help and send any we collect.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 13, 2015 - 7:13 PM

so lovely of you thank you Bonnie

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Vicki O'Neill October 13, 2015 - 1:49 PM

Awesome idea! My hubby & I are doing Lite ‘n’ Easy also, Natasha & Kat. Will keep collecting & post when we have a suitable bundle. Bonus that we’re also in WA! Fabulous work, Ms. King’s Room 8 Class @ Tambrey Primary! Well done & good luck!??

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 13, 2015 - 7:14 PM

Great idea isn’t it Vicki, thank you for helping Michael and his classmates 🙂

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Aimee October 13, 2015 - 5:24 PM

I’ve been tossing mine in a jar since I got married 5 years ago & have only got 56! Is going to take a while to reach a million I think! But Iv posted mine off today ?

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife October 13, 2015 - 7:15 PM

I think it may too, Michaels teacher has said she is happy to continue collecting them next year as well 🙂

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brunella October 13, 2015 - 9:43 PM

i have been saving them over the past year. do you still need them. i will post them off for you

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Kate - Kat's Assistant October 15, 2015 - 9:26 AM

That would be wonderful, thank you Brunella.:)

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Vicki October 13, 2015 - 10:40 PM

We have a collection already so I am happy to send them on. It would be great if they could be sent to the bread tags for wheelchairs organisation once the kids are finished with them but I guess it is a matter of them all being sent on to South Africa. http://breadtagsforwheelchairs.co.za/

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Kate - Kat's Assistant October 15, 2015 - 9:26 AM

Thank you Vicki, very kind of you.:)

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Sam October 14, 2015 - 2:13 PM

We are in South Africa and collect the bread tags at our school, for them to be made into wheel chairs (see the above post). Happy to provide an Aus or South African address that will ensure they get here once you are done with them if you are interested.

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Audrey Mckenzie October 15, 2015 - 11:37 AM

Hi Sam,
I would appreciate it if you could provide me with the Australian and the South African address please. Many thanks! Cheers, Audrey

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Peter December 4, 2015 - 10:13 PM

I would really like to know an address in Australia, where we can send plastic bread tags to, to be forwarded to the South African charity “Bread Tags for Wheelchairs”.A few of us have collected about eight thousand of them in only a couple of months. Thanks

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Amanda October 16, 2015 - 10:28 AM

I’ve been collecting bread tags for a few years now with the plan of donating them to the wheelchair organisation as mentioned above. I’m more than happy to send the to Michael’s school first if they can then be forwarded to the charity organisation after that? I love that these small pieces of plastic will be used for multiple purposes and will never go into landfill or our waterways!!

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Bela October 16, 2015 - 11:11 AM

Happy to help. I always seem to find these in the bottom of the freezer ?

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Sylvia October 16, 2015 - 11:45 AM

I’m just wondering when is the latest that we posting this to Michael’s school?

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Leanne King October 16, 2015 - 5:47 PM

Hi Sylvia,

There is no end date, we will just keep collecting until we reach the magic number. Most of the children will still be at the school, so when we reach that magic number we can then show the whole school what one million looks like

Thanks

Ms King

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Leanne King October 16, 2015 - 5:45 PM

Hi Kat

I would like to thank Amy for doing what she has done, in helping our class reach one million. Like Amy said they do not know what one million looks like and thought that it wouldn’t take long to get the desired goal.

I would personally like to thank everyone that is now on a mission to collect the tags for Room 8. It is really appreciated.

Regards
Ms King

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Rachel October 17, 2015 - 5:26 PM

I am wondering if you get your quota are you going to let us know and will you donate the excess to the bread ties for wheelchairs charity?

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Amy October 18, 2015 - 4:48 PM

Hi Rachel, I have just posted below, but yes, the teachers have reported back and after the suggestions about the wheelchairs, the school is looking into it via the link below. They will definitely not go to landfill. The school is already part of a Recycling Warriors initiative and love the idea that the breadclips can be reused/recycled. Thanks!! Amy

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Leanne King October 19, 2015 - 10:57 AM

Hi Rachel

Yes like Amy’s reply you will know at the end of the year what the total amount we have collected. I think it’s a fantastic idea to pass these bread tags onto the wheelchair charity..better than being put into landfill that’s for sure.

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Amy Pilkington October 18, 2015 - 4:20 PM

I am stunned at the wonderful response. Thank you Kat, thank you everyone who has and is helping us! The teachers have reported back and after the suggestions about the wheelchairs, the school is looking into it via the link below. They will definitely not go to landfill. The school is already part of a Recycling Warriors initiative and love the idea that the breadclips can be reused/recycled. Room 8 are going to map where all of the bread clips come from and will update weekly with totals. The first 5 packages arrived on Thursday and Friday and contained 938 bread tags. (Vic-3, SA-1,WA-1) Thanks for your support and please share with your fb friends. http://www.breadtagsforwheelchairs.co.za/about.html

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Amy Pilkington October 24, 2015 - 6:35 PM

Just to keep people updated, so far, the class has received 22 envelopes with a total of 3630! Thanks everyone!!

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Kate - Kat's Assistant October 26, 2015 - 9:54 AM

WOW that is amazing! What a wonderful achievement.:) Well done everyone

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Leanne King October 26, 2015 - 12:18 PM

Thats fantastic Amy well done in helping Room 8 reach 1 million a little way to go but we never know

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Krystal November 5, 2015 - 11:31 PM

I’m defintley helping got a heap to send next week, glad I could help out 🙂

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 6, 2015 - 6:25 AM

Thank you so much Krystal 🙂

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Jessica Alexander November 18, 2015 - 1:25 AM

Hello loyal ‘The Organised Housewife’ Readers.
Room 8 would like to thank everyone who has sent in bread tags so far and give an update of how many bread tags we have received since Mrs Pilkington’s request was posted.
In one month, we have received an amazing 17, 793 bread tags from 88 packages across Australia and New Zealand, taking our total up to 21,740 bread tags altogether. Envelopes and packages have come in all shapes and sizes, including a heavy 2.9kg box, from Villanova College Tuckshop, in Coorparoo, Queensland that contained 7,461 bread tags. Three people have sent a second envelope within the month, while two people sent a package each after seeing a sign about the project at Tinlin’s Winery, in McLaren Vale, SA.
Students have loved reading all of the encouraging letters, notes and postcards that have accompanied the bread tags, and were particularly fond of the picture sent in by Camryn and Hayden Cox. Students have also enjoyed plotting where the packages come from on a large map in the classroom as well as viewing the online ZeeMap that has been set up- which has the details of the sender, the number of tags sent, and where they were sent from. You can view the ZeeMap by following the link below and unlock it by typing in the ‘Viewer Password’- room8.
https://www.zeemaps.com/map?group=1677111&location=Australia&add=1#
Thanks again to everyone who has sent us bread tags. It is hard to tell who is enjoying it more, the students or teachers!
Sincerely
Room 8

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife November 18, 2015 - 8:00 PM

This is so wonderful to hear, wow from Coorparoo that is an awesome amount and I am so please that I can help Room 8 on their quest for bread tags 🙂

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Lee-Anne Walker December 10, 2015 - 7:54 PM

Hi Room 8. Our PP class has sent you a package of tags and the children are wondering if you reached the magic number? We hope so. Should we continue to send them? Thanks

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Jessica Alexander December 10, 2015 - 11:09 PM

Hi Lee-Anne,

We unfortunately have not reached the magic number YET but the project will continue next year as the Room 8 children from grade 3 move up to grade 4.(they can still be addressed to Room 8).I will post a 2 month update over the weekend as we have been receiving 20-30 packages a week and fell a bit behind due to extra end of year concert rehearsals. If you would like to ask your students to continue to save bread tags over the holidays, they will be gratefully received next year when school resumes. Please feel free to email me via the school email and then it will be forwarded on to me. [email protected]
In just under two months since the original post, we have received over 57,600 bread tags from over 170 packages with some people having taken the time to send second and third packages. The whole community of McLarenvale,SA, sent us a large package thanks to Tinlin’s Winery. We are all still enjoying it very much and we can’t wait to try and get more of our local community involved next year. Sincere thanks from Room 8.

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Jacqui Steendyk - Villanova College Tuckshop December 20, 2015 - 6:15 AM

So glad to hear our bread tags arrived safe & sound. Our Tuckshop staff and many volunteers will be excited to hear the number of bread tags we sent. We have been continuing to collect and once school resumes next year bread tags will again be plenty.

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Jessica Alexander December 23, 2015 - 1:39 PM

Hi everyone,
The final count is in and Room 8 has a total of 75,375 bread tags. Thanks to Mrs Pilkington’s request on this blog, in 10 weeks, we received 62, 251 bread tags from 230 packages from all over Australia and New Zealand, including a donation of 10,000 bread tags from our local Baker’s Delight. The community of McLaren Vale, in South Australia worked together and sent us 3763 (care of Tinlins Wines). We received 10,264 from Judy Brophy from Brisbane and of course we can’t forget the 7,461 from Villanova College Canteen in Brisbane. We are grateful to Sonya Mantle from Lithgow, for sending us 5 packages containing a total of 707 bread tags. Thanks to all of the day-cares, kindies and school classes etc, who have spread the word and sent us bread tags. We could not have gotten to this total without you.

Special mention must go to Michael Pilkington’s family and friends, who have been sending him bread tags since March 2015 and have contributed a massive 5395 bread tags to the total.

As we did not reach one million bread tags this year, the project will continue next year when the students are in Grade 4. Please continue to collect and send your bread tags throughout next year. School resumes on 2nd February, 2016.
If you did send us tags (and gave your name and location), make sure you find yourself on the online ZeeMap that has been set up. You can view the ZeeMap by following the link below and unlock it by typing in the ‘Viewer Password’- room8.
https://www.zeemaps.com/map?group=1677111&location=Australia&add=1#
Thanks again. We hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and a safe holiday period.
Room 8 and Mrs Alexander (Relief teacher in Term 4 while Ms King was on unexpected leave)

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Valerie December 31, 2015 - 3:41 PM

I have 1700 bread tags to send to you, I will do this early next week. I also have 23 larger potato tags do you want those as well? I have been collecting tags for about 15 years. Good Luck with your Million tag project.

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Jessica Alexander January 1, 2016 - 10:00 AM

Hi Valerie,
Thank you very much. The kids love the big tags so please feel free to add them to the package. Don’t forget to include your home town so we can add you to our map.

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Teresa January 10, 2016 - 9:08 PM

Hi

Is this project still going?

Years ago I saved breadtags for this project then there was no longer an Australian collection point. So many friends continued to collect and give me these tags. I have just kept knowing that at some time in the future they will be required.

I would be very pleased to send. Teresa

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Jessica Alexander January 11, 2016 - 3:28 PM

Hi Teresa,
The project is continuing in 2016 and will continue until we reach the million tags. We would love to add your bread tags to our collection. Please make sure you provide your town/suburb name so we can add you to our map. Thank you very much in advance.
Jess Alexander

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Teresa January 11, 2016 - 4:17 PM

Thks Jessica.
Once 1m tags collected where are they going? There is a project in South Africa ‘Breadtags for Wheelchairs’. Collected tags go towards a wheel chair for under privilege folk.
I was originally collecting for this purpose however currently unable to identify an Australian collection point.
The project of this school could potentially have far reaching advantages?
Any suggestions of how folk are sending (i.e. safest, inexpensive method)?

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Jessica Alexander January 12, 2016 - 9:10 PM

12 January, 2016
Hi Teresa,
As per earlier suggestions from fellow readers back in October, we are hoping to send the bread tags to the ‘Breadtags for Wheelchairs’ program in South Africa. A fellow blog follower named Sam has mentioned that s/he can provide an Australian or South African address for them to be sent to, but I haven’t looked into it yet as we are only at 75,000+. As a class, Room 8 looked through the website and read about how the ‘Breadtags for Wheelchairs’ initiative started and they love the idea of helping the less fortunate.
As for postage options, I guess it depends how many you are sending. If you take them to the post office in a ziplock or freezer bag, the staff should be able to recommend the cheapest option for the weight and size. If you have any more questions, please feel free to email me via the school email and it will be forwarded to me when school resumes in the first week of February, 2016. [email protected]
Many Thanks
Jess Alexander

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Ange February 27, 2017 - 1:29 PM

Hi Jess,
I realise it’s a year later but was wondering if Class 8 have reached their target or are still collecting the bread tags?
Many thanks.

Aimee March 6, 2016 - 3:06 PM

I have been collecting them (and ring pulls) for years and taking them to my drs surgery for the wheelchairs. They no longer take them so I am thrilled I have somewhere to send my big zip lock bag full. Should arrive next week!

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife March 8, 2016 - 7:36 AM

So kind of you thank you for sharing Aimee 🙂

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Nick Miles April 10, 2016 - 10:07 AM

This is fantastic! I have been collecting them for years as a work colleague’s son was collecting them at his primary school but then he stopped. I just couldn’t stop saving them so would be very pleased to send them to you. I did just want to check that you are still collecting them though, before I send them from Auckland, New Zealand!

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Nicole May 5, 2016 - 11:13 AM

Hi, I was just wondering if this cause is still going, We have a pile of breadtag that I can send on

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Melissa October 11, 2016 - 12:53 PM

Wow! This was 12 months ago. I was about to send another pile of bread tags. Are they still collecting? How many do they have now?

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Sandra November 20, 2016 - 12:41 PM

I just contacted the school and they are still collecting bread tags so keep sending them.

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Samantha December 22, 2016 - 9:26 PM

Are the kids still collecting the bread tags?

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Tina Baker May 29, 2017 - 8:04 PM

Hi I have loads of bread tags – is the school still collecting them or should I post them to Mrs Honeybun in South Africa?

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Donna Hotchkin June 26, 2018 - 7:42 PM

Hello , i got heaps of bread tags is the school still doing this.

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife June 27, 2018 - 8:49 AM

unfortunately not but thank you so much for offering Donna!

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Sharon Chisholm July 6, 2018 - 8:14 PM

Donna, I have a friend who is collecting them for an art project. If you’re happy to post them, she would be so grateful. Thanks, Sharon

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Kathleen Kettle February 17, 2020 - 4:14 PM

I have about 350 bread tags. Is there anywhere I can send these. All the best, Kathy

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Katrina - The Organised Housewife February 19, 2020 - 8:50 AM

Ooo I’m not sure Kathleen, but a quick google search brought this up which looks good: https://www.terracycle.com/en-AU/brigades/bread-bag-closures-au

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