Red Nose Day 2021 will have a plastic-free red nose for the first time after school children persuaded Comic Relief to switch to a natural alternative.
The charity, which runs the fundraising television show, said it had received letters and emails from hundreds of children about the issue.
Cornwall students even got Sir David Attenborough’s support when they called for the end of plastic red noses.
Richard Curtis of Comic Relief said they had “definitely made a difference”.
The Red Noses are being sold to raise money for the charity, which grossed over £ 63million the last time Red Nose Day was held in 2019.
The new noses will be made from bagasse, a natural by-product of sugar cane.
According to the charity, the Fourlanesend Community Primary School in Torpoint, Cornwall, wrote to Sir David to suggest an alternative material, and he responded by saying the children were “absolutely right” to raise “the question of replacing the plastic products wherever we could, and I hope you will get a proper response from Comic Relief ”.
Curtis told the PA News Agency that the association had already given thought to the matter, but praised the children who made contact.
“There’s no doubt that a little tactical nudge from young enthusiasts really made a difference,” he said. “It’s a good thing and what we hope for from the people who support Comic Relief. ”
Rebecca Norton, Director of Fourlanesend, said: “Plastic is an issue our children care about passionately as they see so much plastic waste washing up on the shores of our beaches.
“The kids were the driving force in contacting our local press in 2019 and writing to Comic Relief and can’t really believe this all happened. ”
The 18th Red Nose Day will take place on March 19, 2021.