Saving the planet in the bag

Saving the planet in the bag

BROTHERS Zavier (10) and Bailey (8) Walker are saving the planet one fabric bag at a time.

The Willetton siblings, from Orana Catholic Primary School, have launched Fabric Heroes, an environmentally friendly initiative that encourages shoppers to use fabric bags instead of plastic.

The goal is to have fabric swap stations at all shops in the City of Canning, where people will be able to take a free fabric bag and also “pay it forward” by leaving a bag if they have a spare one.

Mum Amanda said she was proud of the boys for their determination and courage.

“After watching a David Attenborough documentary on global warming, the boys decided they too wanted to join the fight to save the planet,’’ she said.

“Initially they wanted to stop the polar ice caps from melting but we decided to start a little more locally.

“They started to research the damage plastic does to our environment and they decided to try and stop reusable plastic bags.

“It didn’t make sense to them that we had replaced single use plastic bags with more sturdier plastic bags that will take longer to decompose and still have a negative impact on the environment.”

Bailey and Zavier said they enjoyed working together and looked forward to reducing plastic pollution in our environment and oceans.

Riverton Fresh IGA on High Road is the pilot store for the project, but the boys are looking for more shops to take up the initiative.

Community donations will help Fabric Heroes roll out the program throughout the City of Canning, visit wwwstartsomegood.com/fabric-heroes.