Time to shine a little light on another local hero community, Cromwell. When you’re blessed with such a spectacular natural landscape, the last thing that locals wanted to see was plastic bags littering the lake and blowing into the trees.

That’s how Keep It Green Cromwell came into being. They kicked off by asking for volunteers and old fabric so they could set up a sewing bee to produce reusable bags as an alternative to single-use plastic bags. They’ve also produced custom-made jute bags with their own logo on them.

To raise funds to help them make more reusable bags, they’ve been selling the jute bags at local fetes. Cromwell’s local Paper Plus has also been a huge help by placing a donation box at their checkout counter, as well as selling the jute bags.

What’s up next for Keep It Green Cromwell? They’re working on getting rental car companies to include reusable bags in their vehicles so visitors to the district will use them instead of plastic bags when they stock up with groceries for their stay. Plus they’ve got their sights on disposable paper cups and smarter ways on how to reduce them too.

One of the biggest challenges for Keep It Green Cromwell has been getting enough volunteers to help. So if you live in the area and you’re keen to keep your beautiful part of NZ looking pristine, they’d welcome your support: