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April 7, 2008

We finally have the bags in production.  What a relief after all these weeks/months of negotiation.  Life should be a lot easier now.

I am taking this opportunity to issue a press release to our local paper thanking all the many organisations, companies and individuals who have supported the campaign.

First of all, I acknowledged the great help Banchory & District Initiative [BDI] has given BbC, particularly, in keeping track of all the accounts.  I then went on to say:

Maersk Oil North Sea, Aberdeenshire Council, Banchory & District Round Table, Canadian Natural Resources, PGL/Senergy, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, Keep Scotland Beautiful, North Banchory Company and Raeburn Christie Clerk & Wallace very generously agreed to sponsor the 2,000 “CLEANER, GREENER, BANCHORY” bags which the group plans to give away to Banchory shoppers in June.

“It was wonderful to have so many sponsors, but it was a struggle to fit all their logos onto the sides of the bag. Fortunately, a member of the Canadian Natural Resources environmental team happens to be a graphic designer, and BbC is sure that, once Banchory residents have seen the bags, they will agree that he did a brilliant job with the design.

“Many of you will have seen the BbC bookmarks with facts about plastic bags and hints on how to remember to bring your own bags with you when you go shopping. The library tells me that the bookmarks have been very popular and BbC would like to thank Paul Herrington and Mark Hope for designing and meeting the cost of the bookmarks.


“BbC would also like to thank the members of the Banchory Ternan Rotary Club for agreeing to help sponsor the ‘Bags for Banchory’ Exhibition of posters designed by children from all the schools in the area which will be held in Lang Byre, Woodend Barn from May 30 – June 1, 2008. We hope that as many of you as possible will visit this exhibition as the children have been very enthusiastic supporters of the campaign and BbC would like to thank them for their help.

“Finally, but certainly not least, BbC wants to say ‘thank you’ to all the shops and shoppers. If you walk down the High Street you see more and more shoppers carrying their own reusable bags and hear more and more of them replying, ‘No thank you’, when they are asked if they need a plastic carrier bag”.


The BbC team are delighted with the positive response there has been to all areas of the campaign.

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