Call for help with new shopping bag initiative

PLASTIC Free Lyme Regis is starting a new shopping bag initiative to help rid the town of plastic waste, to be launched in the autumn.

More details will be announced in the coming months, but to get started the group is looking for donations of clean material that can be turned into tote bags – durable cottons, old curtains, upholstery fabric, etc.

All that fabric tucked away in your cupboards can be saved from the landfill by giving it new life as a bag.

Plastic Free Lyme Regis is also looking for volunteers to help in a number of ways, including those with sewing machines who would like to make bags at home or join together with a local sewing group; anyone nifty with scissors who would like to cut out pieces for bag-makin kits; or volunteers to help with ironing.

Polly Benfield, a member of Plastic Free Lyme Regis’ strategy committee, said: “These are just some of the ways you could help or get involved. This is a community project and you can help from home or join a group to sew together.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun and the start of many conversations!”

Donations of material can be taken to Alice’s Bear Shop at St Michaels Business Centre, off Pooles Court, Church Street DT7 3DB anytime between 10am and 4pm, or call Polly to arrange collection or to offer skills and help on 01297 446066 or email

For more information on Plastic Free Lyme Regis visit

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