Poppies Created From Plastic Bottles

Radcliffe Litter Pickers recently embarked on a project to recycle plastic bottles and create poppies from them. We spoke to Gill Smith from the Radcliffe Litter Pickers who explained, “We regularly pick up hundreds of plastic bottles and I saw how they could be made into poppies. In addition to the bottles that we litter picked, people also saved them for us. The bottle bottoms were cut off and shaped into poppies, which we then painted red and attached cable ties to them.
We made over 200 poppies and tied them to the former East Lancashire Pare Mill situated in the middle of Festival Gardens. We also attached some to trees in a community garden on Church Street and others were displayed in Radcliffe Market. We wanted to highlight how much plastic waste we create and also keep the memory alive of everyone who has fought and died in a war.”
Gill Smith, Shelly Hicks, Christine Holt, Lesley Johnson and Anna Rushton were the project members.


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