Schoolboy's efforts prompt plastic rethink

The makers of Fruit Shoots and Chupa Chups lollies have promised to rethink their use of plastic after being contacted by a Berwick schoolboy.

Sunday, 25th February 2018, 7:15 am
Joe Dudgeon with the pile of rubbish he collected.

Nine-year-old Joe Dudgeon wrote to the companies after carrying out several beach cleans as part of a school project. Among the bags of rubbish he collected were a large number of plastic lollipop sticks and caps from the drinks bottles.

Both Britvic, who make Robinson’s Fruit Shoots, and Chupa Chups responded to say they were looking at new ways of minimising plastic packaging and educating their customers about recycling.

Joe, who has a keen interest in marine animals, said: “Children play on the beach, and I do too, but these things are being chucked down and being left to wash away.”

A pupil at Holy Trinity First School, Joe is taking part in the Young Leaders’ Award Scheme with his Year 4 classmates.

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He and his friends have spent half-term litter picking and helping in the community.