The Muthill Village Store in Crieff will stop supplying plastic bags and instead hand out free reusable bags with the winning logo design from the local competition.

PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Roseanna Cunningham, local constituency MSP for Perth, announces the winner of a reusable bag design competition on 26 March at 14.20, at the Muthill Village Store, 3 Drummond Street, Muthill Crieff, PH5 2AN. 

The competition was funded through Friends of the Earth Scotland’s waste prevention project Communities Reducing Excess Waste (CREW), and the winner was picked by a local artist.

Roseanna Cunningham said: “It’s great to see communities taking action to prevent and reduce waste and I am really impressed by and proud of what my constituents in Muthill, helped by Friends of the Earth Scotland, are achieving. Their ambition is an inspiration to all.

“As much as we need to reduce the amount of waste we produce, we also have to make it accessible and fun to participate, which this competition clearly has done. Well done to the winner and I look forward to seeing the winning design on bags in shoppers’ hands here in Muthil and further afield in Perthshire.”

Chrissy Hollinshead, a CREW ‘Waste Champion’, said: “We know people care about the environment, but often it seems so huge that we don’t know where to start, so we give up. But this is something we can do as a village and something that does make a difference. There are some talented people in the village and it is so good to see and share this with everyone.”

Anna Boston, owner of Muthill Village Shop, said: “Since taking over the shop last October we have adopted a reduce, reuse, recycle policy. The only one thing we have been unable to do is offer a reusable bag for our regular customers, that is until now thanks to Chrissy and Friends of the Earth Scotland.”

Facts about plastic bags – A bag can take between 400 and 1000 years to completely break down – Plastics never completely disappear – they only break down into smaller and smaller pieces – Only 1 in every 200 plastic bags are recycled each year in the UK – 100,000 birds and mammals could be saved each year if plastic bags were no longer used – Every twenty years the amount of plastic we produce doubles.

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Notes to editors

CREW (Communities Reducing Excess Waste) is Friends of the Earth Scotland’s waste prevention project which aims to reduce waste at source. It is available for small businesses, households and communities across Scotland.

Friends of the Earth Scotland is the country’s leading independent environmental campaigning organisation, and is the only organisation in Scotland that is working for environmental justice, campaigning for the planet and its people.