Comic Relief launches 100% plastic-free, plant-based noses for Red Nose Day 2021

Lisa Walden
·2-min read
Photo credit: Comic Relief
Photo credit: Comic Relief

From Country Living

Comic Relief has launched its first ever 100% plastic-free, plant-based Red Nose, which will be available to buy later this month for Red Nose Day 2021.

The new noses – which have taken over 18 months to develop — are made from bagasse, a natural sustainable by-product of sugarcane. Instead of simply sitting on the landfill after use, these noses will naturally biodegrade.

Back in 2019, Comic Relief and Sainsbury's began researching more sustainable materials after hundreds of school children asked them to create plastic-free noses to help the environment — and it seems their petitioning has paid off.

"I'm extremely pleased that we have created the first plastic-free nose for Red Nose Day 2021 – it is amazing what you can create from a sugar cane product," Richard Curtis, Comic Relief co-founder, says. "Our new Nose marks a strong step on our sustainability journey. We are committed to designing a more sustainable Nose every year, while continuing to make them attractive and fun, and recognise we still have a lot of work to do in creating the perfect model."

Photo credit: Comic Relief - Getty Images
Photo credit: Comic Relief - Getty Images

In keeping with their eco theme, people can choose noses from 10 wildlife characters, including a squirrel, ladybird, fox, owl and badger. Eco-friendly and adorable, this year's noses are a great way to help raise money for the charity.

Tony Bosworth, plastics campaigner at Friends of the Earth, added: "Everyone knows how extensive plastic pollution is and what it does to wildlife so it's good that the famous Comic Relief nose will be plastic free. We need alternative and better solutions to avoid single-use plastic everywhere and this should be led by industry and government. We look forward to Comic Relief making sure that all of its materials are environmentally friendly."

Red Nose Day is back on Friday 19th March 2021. For more information about where to purchase a nose, head over to their website.

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