An elderly woman has joined the war on plastic, fighting wastage through knitting at her Croydon care home.

Eunice Holding, aged 80, began creating colourful ladies' handbags out of old carrier-bags six months ago at Terry Court, where she moved with her husband Terry 18 months ago.

As well as her crocheted bags, she uses scraps of leftover wool to knit scarves and belts from scraps of leftover wool, which she sells for £5 to raise money for her care home.

Eunice Holding said: “I wanted to do something to put carrier bags to good use instead of them ending up at the dump or in the sea.

"It’s important to do what we can to help preserve the planet for future generations.”

Talented Eunice has always enjoyed the challenge of “making something out of nothing” and used to make all her own clothes.

Home Manager, Michele Belch, said: “Eunice is of the ‘waste not, want not’ generation and is brilliant at finding ways to recycle unwanted materials.

"Everyone at the Home feels inspired by her! Her bags are gorgeous, she’s a very talented lady.”