As part of the 2023 European Week of Waste Reduction (EWWR), the 31st Mosta Girl Guides have been shown how to design and make their own reusable vegetable and fruit bags. Through this project, their hope is to encourage a wider use of fabric bags when buying green-groceries, reducing the unnecessary use of plastic bags and packaging waste.
Running between November 18 and 26, this year’s EWWR in Malta was once again overseen by Wasteserv. Even so, the European Union-wide initiative, which has now taken place 15 years in a row, has a similar focus throughout. This year’s theme was packaging, with the official EWWR website stating that, currently, packaging creation is “one of the main users of virgin materials and accounts for 36% of municipal solid waste.”
To create their reusable bags, the 31st Mosta Girl Guides used some pretty neat turquoise and white striped fabric to cut and stitch their own examples, ensuring pride in their creations.
Of course, the main aim of such initiatives is to remind us that we all have a part to play in reducing the use of single-use plastics and safeguarding our planet. Indeed, we hope that this wonderful project by the Mosta Girl Guides will inspire others to follow suit, if only it’s to use a reusable bag instead of a plastic one when going shopping.