LOCAL schoolchildren are helping North Devon District Council to launch a new range of organic, cotton bags to help reduce dependence on plastic.The 5,000 bags come in three distinctive designs, which have been created by pupils at Kingsacre, Yeo Valley and Instow Community Primary Schools. They will be sold by the schools at fairs around the area and any profit will be kept by them.Three thousand bags designed by Patrice Murphy from Kingsacre School in Braunton went on sale at the Braunton Village Fair.Yeo Valley School in Barnstaple will start selling its 1,000 bags at its Community Day on June 21 and another 1,000 bags designed by Instow School pupils will go on sale at the village show, July 5.Cllr Rodney Cann, Lead Member for Waste and Recycling, says: "This is an initiative to engage with children and raise awareness of recycling. This scheme is just one small way of doing that. It also gives the schools an opportunity to raise money, so it's a win-win situation. We are launching it at these three schools and will be looking to extend it to other schools in the future."Cathy Karniewicz, who works on behalf of North Devon Council as Mrs Recycle, said: "I've been showing pupils pictures of animals and birds suffering because of discarded plastic. If each of these reusable cloth bags helps a family reduce using plastic, we have all made a big difference.