‘Peas BE Kind and Leave the Plastic Behind’ – Mayo County Council launch new reusable veggie bag campaign

Posted in Connect on November 29, 2018.


Mayo County Council and Liam Cannon’s Vegetable shop Castlebar have partnered on a unique environment campaign where customers can support Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society Ireland, and also help the environment at the same time. The Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr. Blackie Gavin launched the campaign last week with a colourful photoshoot in Liam Cannon’s Fruit & Veg Shop.

The campaign, which has been branded with the slogan ‘Peas be Kind & Leave the Plastic Behind’ aims to encourage customers visiting the shop to reduce their use of plastic by placing their produce in durable cotton bags which they can use over & over again. Customers can donate €3 to the MS Society and receive a beautiful reusable branded freetrade cotton bag.

Sharon Cameron, Environment Awareness Officer spoke at the launch about the benefits of the reusable bag. “While we have all got very good at bringing our large reusable shopping bags with us, we often end up taking home many small plastic bags which we need to hold our fruit and vegetables. Much of the produce in Liam Cannon’s shop is sold packaging free which is great for cutting down on plastic waste. This campaign will further support the environment by giving customers an alternative to plastic bags when selecting their fruit and vegetables. The bags are also great for carrying fresh bread from your local bakers and will make a lovely little gift for the Christmas Stocking this year”

There are several campaigns running in Castlebar to cut down on plastic waste including Mayo County Council’s ‘keep cup’ initiative and Castlebar Tidy Towns ‘Last Straw’ campaign. These campaigns help customers make better choices for the Environment when out shopping & socialising. Similar campaigns are taking place in many towns and villages throughout the County.

The Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Blackie Gavin offered his support for the campaign

“This is a great campaign and we really encourage customers to donate to MS Society Ireland in return for one of these lovely little bags. I thank Liam Cannon for being open to this campaign and for hosting this launch event”

Cllr Michael Kilcoyne and Cllr Joe Mc Hale added their support for the campaign as did Martin Keating, Head of the Environment, Climate Action and Agriculture section of Mayo County Council.

The bags will be available in Liam Cannon’s Fruit & Vegetable shop while stocks last in the run up to the Christmas period.

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