The plastic bags that seem to drift everywhere – and which we kept finding on the Beach clean – have got us thinking. We’ve heard of local community schemes where people get together to make bags from cast off and surplus material (cotton, linen etc) and then distribute them around their community. People are encouraged to use them as an alternative to the plastic bags we hate when they end up clogging our drains and waterways, wrapped around our wildlife – or indeed littering our beach and riverside.
So, we’ve been given two fabulous sewing machines and have begun to collect materials and – better still – volunteers who know a thing or two about sewing and bags. Next steps are to get together and try out some designs. We’ll start approaching local retailers to see if they’ll adopt our bags and then who knows?