I love Modbury and am particularly proud that it was the first town in Europe to ban the use of plastic bags. In fact, Modbury has just celebrated it's tenth anniversary being a plastic free town! A great achievement but one wonders why more towns haven't done the same?
We, at Dupere, have been trying in a small way to do our bit by stocking products made from recycled plastic, and around two years ago, we discovered a local company, Weaver Green, who make fabulous things from fabric created out of recycled plastic bottles. Amazingly they feel just like wool and have all the useful properties that go "hand in hand" from being made with plastic - waterproof, mould resistant, hard wearing, fade resistant, easy to clean and suitable for use inside or outside. Here is a photo of the bags and blankets.
And, one of my favourite rugs in a diamond design.
Also, more recently, we have acquired some wonderful, brightly coloured baskets made by Mowgs from recycled plastic parcel strapping. They are painstakingly handmade and each one is completely unique. At the moment we just stock one design - petal - which comes in three sizes and lots of different colourways.
It would be nice to think that the various campaigns going on at the moment to cut down on the use of plastic are successful. The more we learn about the impact discarded plastic is having on our planet I am optimistic that more alternatives and solutions will be found. In the meantime, we can all do our bit to help!