Plastic bag-free Exmouth

PUBLISHED: 14:28 22 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:03 10 June 2010

I would like to clarify some comments in your recent article about the Green Bags project. It is not an 'old-fashioned sewing circle' but an innovative, ground-breaking project which is part of 'Plastic Bag Free Exmouth', a campaigning group emerging from

I would like to clarify some comments in your recent article about the Green Bags project.It is not an 'old-fashioned sewing circle' but an innovative, ground-breaking project which is part of 'Plastic Bag Free Exmouth', a campaigning group emerging from Transition Town Exmouth www.exmouthtransitiontown.co.uk. As far as we know, we are the only town which has come up with this idea and so it is something of which Exmouth should be proud. There is already national interest in this.The aim of the project is to make sustainable bags which will reduce and ultimately end plastic bag use. The bags are made by local people, so are not benefiting multi-national companies or exploiting workers in the developing world. They are also a way of learning new skills which could eventually become part of a small local industry. Wherever possible, they are made from recycled and natural materials.Each bag is unique and these hand-crafted bags will be on sale on the TTE stall at the Christmas Cracker in The Strand Gardens on November 28. Prices range from £2.50 to £17.50.A further workshop is planned for January 17, 2009. Bag-makers can choose to donate their bag to TTE or receive a percentage of the sale on their bag, which again helps keep money circulating in the local economy. Anyone, male or female, who wishes to take part, can contact Daphne Courier on (01395) 279656.Susan Gregory,on behalf of Plastic Bag Free Exmouth,1A Meeting Street, Exmouth.

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