A Fenland grandmother is fighting plastic waste one bag at a time
A Fenland grandmother is waging a one woman war on plastic use in local supermarkets.
Carol Peasey, of Newton in the Isle, has launched a fightback against excessive use of plastic bags when it comes to shopping for fruit and vegetables in all major supermarkets.
The 73-year-old grandmother of 10 and great grandmother of two, has started to make re-useable bags out of old net curtains donated by her friends and family.
Carol explained: "I find it horrifying that we waste so much plastic when buying fruit and veg in the supermarket. I don't know why they sell food wrapped in plastic when people could easily buy what they want using recyclable bags.
"I thought it would be a good idea to make bags for friends and family and asked people to donate their old net curtains for me to use.
"The bags are great, they are breathable, washable and re-useable and easy to carry. I have already made more than a dozen and people have been giving me donations for Breast Cancer charity in return for a bag."
Carol came up with the project not only after watching programmes about plastic destroying wildlife on television but also after talking to one of her grandsons about the problem.
"He is really worried about the environment and we discussed what we could do and came up with this idea," said Carol, who added the scheme is also giving her something to occupy her while she undergoes treatment for breast cancer.
"I have a number of projects to do when I'm able as I love sewing, but this is something that is important to us as a family. I really don't understand why supermarkets shrink wrap fruit or vegetables when they could have them displayed loosely and people can choose what they want themselves.
"I really think we need to do something to make them change the way they do things, and these bags are just one small step to do that. We need to start thinking about our planet and what we are doing to the environment.
"Having grandchildren and great grandchildren has made me think about it for the sake of their future," she concluded.
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