Schools help Duns to become polybag free

AS a culmination of a year-long project, Duns Primary School and The Berwickshire High School gave away approximately 200 Eco friendly fabric bags to members of the public in Duns Square earlier this month.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 7th July 2010, 11:53 am
Updated Wednesday, 7th July 2010, 11:53 am

This was a project organised by Duns Primary Eco Committee and Mrs L. Matthews at Duns Primary School as part of an initiative by the Marine Conservation Society to highlight the damage carrier bags cause to marine life throughout the world.

The idea was to try and make the town of Duns plastic bag free.

This has a positive environmental implication generally, which is further enhanced by using recycled fabric (old curtains, duvet covers etc as well as approaching a local interior designer for offcuts and waste fabric) in the production of the bags.

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Mrs Matthews felt the cutting out of the bags, the designing of labels and the promotion of project to the broader community was ideal for the P6 and P7 primary students. However, she felt they were lacking in the sewing skills and equipment required to construct these so the Home Economics Department at the Berwickshire High School were approached to help, which they were happy to do.

Mrs Lawson (BHS) held a demonstration/workshop at the Primary school for willing mums, friends etc, to show them how to construct the bags and finish them to an acceptable neat finish.

Miss Mackay and Mrs Lawson both of BHS Home Economics Department have made over 100 bags (in various sizes) with their S1 classes since Christmas, and, along with Duns Primary Eco Committee, friends and parents, the final total produced was approximately 350.

They would like to thank all those involved in this project for their efforts and support throughout the year.

Over the course of the year long project they have raised, through kind donations, 456, which has been shared between BHS, Marine Conservation Society and Duns Primary School.