LGP News - Sociable guerrilla group give away free bags
|Sociable guerrilla group give away free bags|
|Mon, Apr 14, 2008|
This Friday 18th April Foxybaggers, with the support of Leicester Green Party, will be giving away bags, in exchange for plastic ones, on Queens Road, Clarendon Park, starting at 11am.
Foxybaggers, an Oadby and Wigston based group who make and give away bags, is at the top of a worldwide league for the number of bags made. The 'sociable, guerrilla bagging' group aims to help reduce the number of plastic carrier bags used and then thrown away in Leicestershire by making bags from recycled cotton and then giving them away in the streets to shoppers.
Every bag given away could mean that 300 fewer plastic bags are used each year, most of which end up in landfill or as potential choking hazard for wildlife in the area.
The group (or pod as they are known) is part of a global network, founded in January 2007 by Claire Morsman. With well over 100 pods worldwide, and the number growing each week, the Leicestershire members are in good company.
Lesley Brown, who set up the local pod, says "making Morsbags is a really fun way to help improve the world in which we live. When we give the bags away free to shoppers, the surprise on their faces more than makes up for the hard work put in to each one. It's also a very social thing - we meet regularly and sew the bags while chatting and having a glass of wine or a cup of tea."
Barney Smith, from Leicester Green Party, says "we're happy to support Foxybaggers in their efforts. The local Green Party is campaigning to reduce plastic bag use in Clarendon Park, and this initiative can only help us all to achieve this aim. Giving away bags, which people have made from recycled materials, is a fun way to raise awareness of the issue."
If you miss Foxybaggers in Clarendon Park on Friday, then catch them again on Saturday on the Parade, Oadby from 11am. If you want to join in, donate cotton fabric, or set up your own pod, visit www.morsbags.com for more details (non-sewers are also welcome to help with making bags and handing them out to shoppers).
The group will be available for comment and photographs at 11am on Friday 18th April. They will be meeting outside Barclays bank on the corner of Queens Road and Clarendon Park Road. For more information please contact Charlotte Bilby on 07941 809 605