ENVIRONMENTAL group Greener Melrose launched a £3.50 local ‘bag for life’ last week.
The wide heavy duty cotton carriers with over the shoulder handles are available in The Deli, Made by Marion and Williamson Fruit and Vegetable shops in the town.
Greener Melrose chairwoman Pauline Langworth said: “We decided to launch a bag for life to reduce plastic bag use in Melrose and the surrounding area and to encourage people to buy food which is available locally, so there is less car use through fewer journeys to the supermarket and more sustainable, local food supplies.
“I’m sure they will be popular. Environmental awareness is growing and people are aware plastic bags are costing the earth.
“The design printed on the bag reflects some of the produce available locally ... we thought it would be good to have one that’s very local to Melrose.”
She added: “Our concerns with plastic bag use are the millions of gallons of oil used in the production and the associated environmental impact of climate change. They are non biodegradable, despoil the local landscape and end up in landfill.”
The group is also holding an open day in The Corn Exchange, Melrose, from 10-2pm on October 26 when there will be displays about local food growing initiatives, including the town’s community orchard, allotments and Garden Share projects, national local food network Incredible Edible’s Melvin Coleman will talk about growing food in public spaces. There will be local produce to sample and an apple crushing.