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Recycled crisp packets raise cash for Philippines

Rachelle Strauss
More than 3000 crisp bags have been collected by Rachelle and her family

Passionate recyclers Richard, Rachelle and Verona Strauss are celebrating the success of their pioneering recycling scheme to dispose of crisp packets environmentally.

The family from Longhope in the Forest of Dean set up a recycling point in their local Tesco store to accept crisp wrappers which currently go to landfill.

After just one month, the Strauss family collected more than 3,000 crisp packets, weighing over 7kg.

"This is a fantastic result which will make a difference to the lives of families in the Philippines," said Rachelle.

"The crisp packets are sent to the Philippines where they are sanitised and woven into handbags and pencil cases.

"Once these crisp bags are made into products, the profits will keep a child out of poverty for three years and enable them to get an education.

"Alternatively we could build two 2-roomed and one 1-roomed house to replace the shanty towns these families are living in."

In 2009 the Strauss family sent just one dustbin full of waste to landfill. Everything else was reused, composted or recycled.

"We would love to see other stores setting up collection points for recycling crisp packets," said Richard.

"If we can divert empty crisp packets to the Philippines we can turn the lives around of children.

"Children as young as four search through mounds of putrid garbage in the blistering heat for items to sell to a recycling agent for as little as £1 for a 10 hour working day."

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