Traders in Frosterley, with the help of the ‘Working for a Future in Frosterley’ project, are introducing a scheme to reduce the use of plastic bags in the village. The scheme will be launched on 27 November 2010. Cotton bags will be available in the Frosterley branch of the Penrith Co-operative Society and at Gardiner’s Country Store on a ‘borrow and return’ basis and Turtle Bags at The Village Chip Bar. Frosterley Community School are designing their own bags that will be for sale at £2, with all proceeds going to the school. These will be available in early December.
The aim of the scheme is to reduce the use of plastic bags. The combination of either a locally-designed bag to buy or a bag to borrow will mean that even if you forget your ‘bag for life’ there is now no excuse to need a plastic bag! The bag scheme was suggested by a member of the Working for a Future in Frosterley project, which is funded by North Pennine Dales LEADER and the Weardale Area Action Partnership.
Enid Hanlon, Manager of the Frosterley Co-op said “We would really like to reduce the number of plastic bags we use as this not only reduces our costs but also the costs to the environment. We are very happy for Frosterley Co-op to be part of this scheme.”
The Working for a Future in Frosterley project is looking at ways that Frosterley can contribute to combating climate change and make the village a more sustainable place to live. Over the coming months residents will have the opportunity to calculate their carbon footprints, give their views on climate change and the environment, attend information sessions and action planning meetings and get involved in creating a vision for the village that is less dependant on oil.