Spotted Coles’ colourful reusable bags lately? If you’ve seen the chiller bags with bright fruits artwork, those were designed by 13-year-old Annerley artist Abbey Whalley.
Abbey is one of six students who won the Coles National Bag Design competition to raise awareness against single-use plastic bags. Her design will be printed nationally and sold to millions of customers for $2.50 for a limited time. A batch of her bag designs was sold out at Coles Greenslopes in a matter of days.
The budding artist said she picked fruits to draw because it also promotes health.
“I could use nice bright colours in the painting,” she added. “I am really excited to see the bags on sale. It’s nice to know that they will be on reusable bags so people can buy and reuse them over and over.”
St Joachim’s Primary School, where Abbey was a student, also received $5,000 because of her win.
“I am very happy that I was a winner as my school was very grateful for the money that they received. They will be able to do some really good things with it.”
Coles launched their bag competition in June 2018 and it has since been popular with shoppers for showcasing talented students around Australia.
What’s more, 10 percent of the proceeds from the bags help fund the Collingwood Football Club Community Foundation. The organization supports the homeless and the disadvantaged.
According to Coles State GM Jerry Farrell, this initiative is a win-win for all. The bag is useful to the customers, helps reduce plastic wastes, boosts the profile of emerging artists like Abbey Whalley and supports a community fundraiser.