It’s a small start, but a powerful reminder of the effect that one individual can have, and from small starts grow great movements….

Rebecca Hosking recently arrived home from the Pacific to her home in Modbury in the West Country. She was concerned about wild life between USA and Hawaii because she had seen dolphins caught up with plastic carrier bags. She has now got the town to ban all plastic bags.

Linen bags have been distributed; “amnesty bins” are available for people to dump plastic bags. Butchers use paper to wrap items, then place them in rice fabric bags, which look almost like plastic, but are biodegradable. She is urging other councils to do the same. More supermarkets are now offering a ‘lifetime bag’ in exchange for 5 carrier bags. And linen bags are becoming collectors’ items.

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“We never thought it would take off like this,” Rebecca says. “I just wanted to do my bit. But the whole thing is just flying.”

And that’s all we can each do – our bit. Are you doing yours?

If you’d like some ideas what you can do to help, read the Blue Frontier Campaign’s book, 50 Ways to Save the Ocean,

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