A Jute Bag the size of nine double-decker buses has smashed the Guinness World Record after it was hoisted to the sky at a primary school in Bradford-on-Avon.
Pupils from Fitzmaurice School helped local business, Cotton Bag Co, to snatch the record for the World’s Largest Jute Bag on International Plastic Bag Free Day.
The bag, which measured 22.5m wide by 14.6m high, was 11.6m longer than the previous record and 6.1m wider.
It can fit a massive 208,752 footballs in or close to 2 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 produce eco bags, supplying a whole range of businesses across the UK with an alternative to single-use plastic bags.
Not only did they want to show their customers what is possible, but they 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, who came together 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 them create the World’s Largest Paper Bag.