As this week is Recycle Week here in the UK. Now in its 15th year, Recycle Week is a celebration of recycling. The aim of the week is to encourage us all to recycle more – if you’d like more information you can find it here.
I thought I’d take this as my theme for the week so what better way to kick the theme off than a quick trip down memory lane to look at those loveable and environmentally friendly characters that in the 1970s were way ahead of their time – The Wombles.
Created by Elisabeth Beresford the Wombles first came to public attention in a series of children’s books published in the late 1960s. Pointy-noised, furry creatures with claw like paws they resembled odd looking bears and were famous for collecting and recycling rubbish on Wimbledon Common. The name for the characters was apparently down to a mispronunciation by the authors children who called Wimbledon Common “Wombledon” and the idea took off.
The characters became famous in the UK in the mid-1970s when the BBC commissioned a children’s TV show and the character burst onto our screens. Introducing us to character such as Orinoco, Great Uncle Bulgaria; Bungo; Madame Cholet and Tobermory.
A few years ago there was a bit of movement to bring them back and you can find a load of articles on why the characters are so relevant to kids today, including this one from the Guardian published on their 40th birthday
I’m not sure generations raised with mobile phones and ipads would really get excited about weird little racoon-like creatures but their motto of “Make Good Use of Bad Rubbish” seems like a good way to kick start recycling week!