Nia's art has a Save Our Seas message for shoppers

How do you persuade people to change their buying habits? These two Lancashire sisters believe in poster power.

Monday, 1st March 2021, 3:45 pm

Two environment conscious Lancashire sisters are challenging shoppers to think about what they buy.

Their Please Save the Seas – Be Plastic Free poster has appeared around Longridge.

It was created by 10 year old Nia Williams, the youngest member of Longridge Environment Group.(LEG)

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Nia and Daisy with their poster

LEG spokeswoman Margaret Baugh said: “Nia’s poster reminds shoppers of ways they can reduce the single-use plastic collected when they shop. Nia created the poster using collage, to illustrate the damage done by plastic which finds its way into our seas. Nia and her sister Daisy (13) are committed environmentalists and joined LEG because they wanted to take positive action to make a difference in Longridge and they campaign at their schools for children to bring plastic free lunches.”

Local supermarkets were asked by LEG to display the posters, which have also been put up in Longridge Heritage Centre.

Margaret added: “The poster encourages shoppers to think about reducing throw-away plastic by taking a box to fresh food counters, buying a large yoghurt or packet of crisps and decanting for children instead of buying lots of little pots and packets, or avoiding plastic wrapped multi-packs.

“Any decision we make as individuals to buy less plastic will make a difference - it is a process that we are all part of. Less and less, not more and more.”

LEG will soon be launching a new drive to persuade the public to use cloth shopping bags made by volunteers and local WI members. There will be a display in the town’s Co-op store on Berry Lane later this month.

The group is also working to gain the title Plastic Free Town for Longridge and hopes to attain that goal later this year. It is now asking members and supporters to make green bunting from recycled (non-plastic) material which will be put up to celebrate the new status. LEG can be contacted via its Facebook page.

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