"Charleston, WV joined the growing number of towns across the US and UK with it’s own bag making group this week.
The group aims to make cotton shopping bags in order to reduce the number of plastic carrier bags used and then thrown away in Charleston. Each year, US and UK citizens use over 300 carrier bags each, most of which end up in landfill or as potential choking hazard for wildlife in the area.
The group (or pod as they are known) is part of a global network, founded in January of this year by Claire Morsman, who was becoming increasing outraged at the number of wild animals harmed by plastic bags after mistaking them for food. With over 250 pods worldwide, and the number growing each week, the Charleston members are in good company.
Sonja, who set up the local pod, says “making Morsbags is a really fun way to help improve the world in which we live. When we give the bags away free to shoppers, the surprise on their faces more than makes up for the hard work put in to each one. It’s also a very social thing – we meet [details of meeting time] and sew the bags while chatting and having a glass of wine.”
If you want to join in or set up your own pod, visit www.morsbags.com for more details (non-sewers are also welcome to help with making bags and handing them out to shoppers). If you have any cotton fabric (old duvets, curtains or cotton offcuts) which you could donate, let Sonja know."
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