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2nd Aug, 2021

Rescued household waste makes a statement in Stratford

AN ART installation made of household waste is on display in a window in Stratford town centre.

Creative wellbeing charity Escape Arts is behind the project which aims to raise awareness of waste created by consumption, and how upcycling can combat this.

This rubbish has been created into includes some of Britain’s ailing wildlife species such as bats, deer, squirrels and bees.

Artist Ros Ingram worked alongside charity CEO Karen Williams and local schools and community groups to create the display.

Karen said: “The project is about raising awareness about how we can reduce single use plastic but also reuse and repurpose recycled materials. We wanted to work with children and community groups to provide a positive message of hope, exploring the small changes we can all make to reducing use of plastics and protecting our environment. The creations were based on UK wildlife and protecting them and their habitats. Ros the artist did and amazing job working safely in schools and with groups across the pandemic. ”

The pledge campaign is part of a wider collaboration, with Friends of the Earth and Stratford Climate Action, known as Plastic Planet, which brings together schools, community groups and businesses to promote environmental action ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November.

This includes encouraging people to sign up to the Guinness Book of Records Count Us In campaign. It aims to inspire a billion citizens to take steps to reduce their carbon footprint and record them, with the results totted up to demonstrate the difference it can make when millions of people take the same steps.

Stratfod Climate Action is also asking residents to ‘pledge for the planet’ by drawing on a list of suggested actions people can take to reduce emissions, in the home, when travelling or shopping.

Visit www.escapearts.org.uk for more information.

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