Rye and District Chamber of Commerce launched a re-usable jute bag, specifically for Rye, on Tuesday 22 April. The event took place at Hayden’s Coffee Shop and Restaurant in the High Street.
The bag’s logo has been designed by local artist and potter Steve Duffy. This, first edition, depicts the famous Rye skyline within a scallop shell, a reminder of Rye’s annual Scallop Festival, started by past chair of Rye Chamber Kate Roy, to publicise the work of the Rye Fishing Fleet.
For over two years the Chamber has been working tirelessly with the Rother Environmental Group and Smurfit Recycling in a cardboard recycling scheme. This extremely successful, voluntary initiative is now recycling 1,100 kg of cardboard every week, other towns are interested in replicating Rye’s example.
Last year the Chamber realised that commercial glass in the town was being sent to landfill. A solution to this wasted resource has now been found in GreenBottles run by Emma Watkins. Now many of the town’s Pubs and Hotels are signed up to recycling their glass and it is hoped that the majority will soon follow.
The Chamber are delighted to find that local businesses are waking up to environmental concerns, Jempsons, our local Supermarket will soon be phasing out plastic bags and several shops are now wrapping their goods in Biodegradable and Compostable bags.
All of which will be a great help to Rye Harbour Nature Reserve who organise frequent ‘beach cleans’. And also St Mary’s Ecology Group who have cleaned up the banks of the Rother and around the town.
With so many local groups involved it is to be hoped that Rye will soon be truly Green!
The Chamber has been supported in these initiatives with grants from Ecosys Environmental Management and Education for Cardboard Recycling and now the Rye Bag!
Members and friends of Rye in Bloom have been an active group when it comes to environmental matters. Pictured are volunteers signing on for an initiative that cleared the banks of the Tillingham in the Mill area. When it comes to the nitty-gritty there is no better way of getting things done than to do it your self.
The Rye Bag Launch at Hayden’s Coffee Shop. left to right Sarah Nixon, Steve Duffy, Mayor of Rye Councillor Paul Osborne, Rye Harbour Master, Carl Bagwell, Kate Roy and Reverend Canon Hugh Moseley
“Rye’s Own” May 2008
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