The world’s annual consumption of plastic materials has increased from around 5 million tonnes in the 1950s to nearly 100 million tonnes today, with the average family predicted to throw away about 40kg of plastic per year, but the Red Hot Stitchers are keen to educate, and empower local people to change that!
Red Hot Stitchers is headed up by Carolyn Warner who set the group up originally. With the support of Lorraine Baker, owner of Sew Creative Studio in Shoeburyness, the Red Hot Stitchers meet at Lorraine’s studio regularly to make Boomerang Bags out of old duvet sets, sheets and curtains in a movement towards ‘Fabric Not Plastic’.
There is no financial incentive behind the scheme, it is completely environmentally driven and the bags are given out to family and friends for free. The group are promoting the Boomerang Bag initiative at Leigh Pop Up this Saturday and the group have decided to ask for donations for specially created bags to raise money for local wellbeing charity Trust Links.
Matt King, Chief Executive said "At Trust Links, we don’t just care about people, we care about our community and the environment too, and we are thrilled that the Red Hot Stitchers chose to support us!”
He continued "We work hard to be environmentally friendly, in fact our members often make beautiful garden items from old pallets, and we are even in the process of installing e-bikes to encourage our staff and volunteers to ride between sites rather than drive, so we whole heartedly support the campaign to move away from plastic and are thrilled to be part of this project.”
If you want to ‘bag’ yourself an environmentally friendly
bargain and support your local mental health charity, then visit the Leigh Pop
Up at Leigh Community Centre THIS SATURDAY between 12.30pm and 4.30pm, or
you’ll find the Red Hot Stitchers at Trust Links’ Apple Day at St Laurence
Orchard on 5th October, between 11am and 2pm.