In a bid to cut down on their use of plastic organisers of this year’s Isle of Wight Day have taken the decision not to produce any more of the event’s iconic bunting.

Instead, Islanders are being encouraged to re-use any left over from previous years, or to create their own with recyclable materials.

Bunting making workshops and competitions will be taking place in the run up to Isle of Wight Day.

Isle of Wight Day Founder Robin Courage said:

“We’ve already produced 175 miles so hopefully there are lots of cupboards and draws full of it all over the Island, so we encourage people to bring out their bunting again. It is reusable so it’s to be reused and packed away each year, and brought back out each year.”

With an environmentally friendly theme running throughout the celebrations people are also being encouraged to help Nipper the crab with his big beach clean up, and to use reusable bottles during the weekend of celebrations.