Rathangan Tidy Towns launch plastic free packaging week with Leinster Fresh Produce Shop

New reusable material bags made by three Rathangan Creative Sewers

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Rathangan Tidy Towns launch plastic free packaging week with Leinster Fresh Produce Shop

Joe Dempsey, and Martin Cowley, with Elizabeth Birch, Vanessa and Adele Mack, of Rathangan Tidy Towns at yesterday's launch Pic: T Keane

Rathangan Tidy Towns has teamed up with local store, the Leinster Fresh Produce Shop, for a plastic packaging free week-long trial.

Don’t worry if you don’t have a shopping bag. Three of Rathangan’s Creative Sewers lead by Aideen Cross have made some durable reusable material bags for shoppers to buy at the store.

Tidy Towns secretary, Vanessa Mack said; “Aideen Cross and her students are making 100 cloth bags for us by using discarded Celtic Linen bed sheets. 60 are completed and printed with our logo and they are going on sale today.” 

Leinster Fresh Produce at the Acorn Business Park in Rathangan is selling loose fruit, vegetables and fresh bakery for this week without plastic packaging or plastic bags.

Paper bags, cardboard punnets and boxes are being provided instead. Some posters have also been put up in the shop with tips on how/when to dispose of plastic in everyday life.

“We wanted to reduce the amount of plastic packaging that is sold in the town and create more awareness about plastic packaging and sustainability,” added Vanessa.

At the end of the week, she said she will be asking the store for feedback to see if this is something that can be done again. 

The store is open from 8.30am to 2pm from Monday to Friday. It’s hoped the Tidy Town’s bags will also be on sale in other shops in the town. 

Vanessa explained how she was successful in applying for a small grant for the initiative through Repak and Voice – Recyling Ambassador Programme. Aideen Cross bought one bag of the material for the project and Celtic Linen donated the other bag.

 Shóna McNanee (11 years old), Aideen Cross, Aoibhínn Murray (12 years old) and Emily McNanee (13 years old) making the bags

One of the new reusable bags