Councillor leads fight to put stop to plastic bags
A CAMPAIGN to rid Stroud of plastic and carrier bags has been launched by town councillors.
The Stroud Town Opposed to Plastic (STOP) initiative, spearheaded by Coun Eva Ward, will be launched with a free screening of a critically-acclaimed film.
Ms Ward described the movie Trashed, about how plastics and rubbish affect the planet, as a wake-up call.
"I was so devastated to see the permanent impact on the food chain and environment through pollution of our air, land and sea by waste," she said.
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STOP plans to encourage businesses to support the campaign and hopes to challenge supermarkets to lead the way in encouraging people not to use plastic bags.
Said Ms Ward: "When people see the film it will change the way they look at the way we live. It is the reason why I am so passionate about this cause."
Shopper Susan Wynne said she felt the campaign was largely preaching to the converted in Stroud town centre.
"I always carry a cloth bag in my handbag in readiness for unexpected shopping," said Mrs Wynne, from Rodborough. "It's the people at the out-of-town supermarkets with dozens of carriers in their trolleys they need to contact."
Fellow town councillor John Marjoram said: "We can't afford to be a throw-away society any more. We must do something about it. While they take minutes to use the plastic bags can take up to 1,000 years to decompose."
Trashed will be shown at 7pm on September 29 at Lansdown Hall and a STOP meeting takes place on October 7 at 7.30pm at the Stroud Town Council offices.