Pupils from Fitzmaurice School helped local business, #CottonBagCo, to snatch the record for the World’s Largest Jute Bag on International Plastic Bag Free Day.
The bag, which measured 22.5 metres wide by 14.6 metres high, was 11.6 metres longer than the previous record and 6.1 metres wider.
It can fit a massive 208,752 footballs in or close to two million bottles of water and took a whole morning to decorate, with pupils from the school helping out.
Over the coming weeks, the bag will be cut up into smaller squares and given to the children so that they can make their own smaller bag or pencil case from the material.
Jon Marling, managing director of Cotton Bag Co, said: ‘We make every effort to figure out how we can support sustainable solutions using environmentally friendly materials that are easy to reuse and recycle such as jute, cotton, or paper.
‘It has been a really fun project and we are proud to have accomplished it with help from the school children at the Fitzmaurice primary school.’
Cotton Bag Co produces eco bags, supplying a whole range of businesses across the UK with an alternative to single use plastic bags.
Not only did the company want to show its customers what is possible, but it also wanted to take part in Plastic Free July and encourage people to use more eco bags that are made from plant based materials or paper.
The massive hessian style bag was lifted thanks to help from a local crane hire company, which helped to ensure the bag could be displayed for the children and visitors to see.
This record follows a previous record that was obtained by sister company Paper Bag Co 2015, which saw the creation of the World’s Largest Paper Bag.