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One woman's mission to make High Town a greener place through bag initiativeBy LutonOnSunday | Posted: June 26, 2015
PLASTIC bags are something most of us use every day without thinking of the damage they do to the environment.
One woman is out to try and change that mentality. Konni Deppe, of Kingston Road, Luton, started a project to engage and promote local shops, along with cutting down on the area's contribution to pollution.
The idea is to create a 'High Town Bag,' sponsored by local businesses, which she hopes people will use instead of plastic ones.
She said: "In October a minimum charge of 5p for plastic bags will be introduced across the country, which big retailers will have to enforce in order to cut down on the number of bags which are dumped and left to pollute the environment.
"However, smaller shops are not bound by this and I fear people will keep using plastic bags regardless of the damage they do.
"In the long run, it will save people and businesses money as they won't have to pay out for plastic bags."
Her aim with the project is to reduce fossil fuels, cut the carbon footprint and also reduce the amount of bags sent to landfill. Aside from the obvious wider-reaching environmental benefits, it should also cut down on littering.
Konni also believes it will help to spark a debate about green issues in High Town which people will hopefully begin to become more engaged with, along with promoting the High Street as a shopping area and the 60 plus businesses which trade from the road.
She added: "Businesses will benefit as they will get their names adorned on the side of the bags.
"At the moment it's in the research and planning stage. I want to see how it goes and how shopkeepers feel about it before going on to anything bigger. Of course in the future I'm happy to expand the idea into other wards or maybe across the whole of Luton if it gets a good response."
Read more: http://www.luton-dunstable.co.uk/woman-s-mission-make-High-Town-greener-place-bag/story-26773587-detail/story.html#ixzz3gnvvD16k