Bags of effort from school's Green Team

ENVIRONMENT-minded youngsters at Wymondham High School have come up with new 'green' shopping bags as part of their bid to cut the use of single use plastic carrier bags.

ENVIRONMENT-minded youngsters at Wymondham High School have come up with new 'green' shopping bags as part of their bid to cut the use of single use plastic carrier bags.

The Green Team has taken up the national campaign to try to stop the use of plastic carrier bags in Wymondham, working with local traders, councils, community groups and the public to research, publicise and give out information regarding the environmental dangers of the bags.

The new bags have been designed by primary children from local schools and are made from Fairtrade cotton; in line with the town's Fairtrade status.

In high streets across the country many large retailers have started to charge for plastic bags and offer shoppers an alternative.

Ann Roberts, community education worker, said: “The Green Team have worked very hard over the last year, given a lot of their time and made a real difference to the town. Well done.”

The bags are on sale at the monthly farmers' market and at Wymondham High School to pupils. The majority of traders are working towards an alternative to single use plastic carrier bags and have started using cotton and hessian bags or bags made from corn and potato starch.