A group of Ilfracombe Academy sixth formers are tackling plastic pollution with a children’s book to educate the next generation.

Peter the Puffin Saves Our World will raise funds towards the Surfers Against Sewage plastics campaign. Picture: SOW BooksPeter the Puffin Saves Our World will raise funds towards the Surfers Against Sewage plastics campaign. Picture: SOW Books

Peter the Puffin Saves Our World has been created from scratch by the 15 Year 12 students as part of a Young Enterprise project.

The colourful book from Save Our World Books is aimed at two to six-year-olds and aims to spread the message about the dangers of plastic to marine life, through the adventures of Peter and his friend Simon the seagull.

It is being sold at £3 and all proceeds from it will go to Surfers Against Sewage to support its bid to keep plastic from the oceans.

The artwork was created by Emily Bird, Connie Borthwick and Isabella Astill, with the words by Georgia Wheatley.

The new children's book Peter the Puffin Saves Our World highlights the dangers of discarded plastic for wildlife. Picture: SOW BooksThe new children's book Peter the Puffin Saves Our World highlights the dangers of discarded plastic for wildlife. Picture: SOW Books

Euan Berry from the group explained Young Enterprise was a charity that supported teenagers in trying to set up their own business.

He said: “We always wanted to do something environment-related and we came up with the idea to try to get the message across to younger children, because they will be the people facing the biggest environmental problems.”

A number of books have already been taken by Ilfracombe Junior School and it is available at the library.

The book is available from sowbooks.co.uk as well as Ilfracombe Emporium in the High Street, Woolacombe TIC and Moor to Sea in Combe Martin.

* The SOW Books group has also joined forces with Plastic Free North Devon and will be joining its members at a beach clean at Croyde on Saturday (February 17) from 2-4pm. All are welcome to go along and help, with equipment provided.