HAPPY children created their own reusable bags to reduce plastic waste.

More than 120 children had the chance to make a bag for life this week at the 1912 Centre, in Harwich.

The Big Bag Print workshops ran over three days.

They were designed and led by Colchester-based artist, Jacqueline Davies.

She aligned the workshops with Harwich Haven Authority’s recent Turn the Tide of Plastics campaign.

Tracey Tyrell, who brought her children along to the event, said: “Thanks to Harwich Haven Authority for organising these fantastic free summer workshops.

“We had the best time designing and printing our own tote bags to take home.

“The children got an ice lolly and there was even free tea and coffee for the gown ups”.

Fiona Brunning, communication manager at Harwich Haven Authority, said: “We’ve had great fun this week working with Jacqueline and members of the local community.

“We are passionate about ensuring that even the very youngest resident of Harwich understands that we need to reduce our dependence on plastic.

“Getting them to create their own re-useable bag was a great, fun way to get the message across.”