Bags for Change is a youth-led animal rights advocacy project which began in 2012, and launched in 2013. The project was initiated to raise awareness about animal cruelty specifically live animal export and factory farming. It all started with selling reusable, ethically-sourced calico bags with original designs, the project aimed to raise funds for leading animal welfare advocacy organisations.
The project has been lucky enough to receive wide spread support, notably from Costa Georgiadis of ABC's Gardening Australia. Costa Spoke at the launch about
animal rights, and how that is interweaved with environmental sustainability.
On the night there was also an art exhibition. featuring the works of both primary and secondary students. Following the theme 'end animal cruelty' the students
were able to interpret the theme however they chose. Cr Coral Ross of Boroondara Council judged the art competition, awarding the 3 most creative, original and relevant entries.
Since the launch event, the project has hosted multiple events targeted
at youth, to inspire compassion for animals and to encourage individuals to inform themselves about the rights of animals.