you know its just 25 years since the introduction of plastic carrier bags and we now use over 500bn a year globally? And, once in the
environment a bag can take years to break down and as it decomposes,
toxic particles seep into the soil and water?
decided we wanted to change the culture of how people use their
shopping bags. The pile of plastic is a problem we all need to
tackle as is the perceived disposability of the plastic bag. A
lot of energy goes into making plastic bags and after one use
they are often chucked - then they take up to 1,000 years to degrade
in our land fills.
So we searched for a reusable, affordable, very functional bag.
A bag that would encourage people to re-use and they would be
proud to carry. We tried over 30 different bag samples over many
months finding the right bag. When we found the Jutexpo shopping
bag we knew it was just perfect. Check out their website for more information.
bag has worked really well, the size is ideal for groceries, cheap
enough to buy a few, with handles that don't cut through your
fingers on a long walk home. We have used the bags to send out
positive messages which reflect our principles like 'shop local'
& 'eat your greens'.
Gradually we have seen the change, most customers bring in their
bags when they are shopping, slowly we have seen a huge shift
in how people transport their shopping, it is now mainly in re-usable
The culture of re-using them is certainly here and we are proud
that there are a few less plastic bags floating around because
We do not, at this time, offer a mail order service on any of our
products, including the shopping bags. Sorry, no exceptions! Please come
in for one if you're in the area, we always have a wide range in the shop.
Or pester a Manchester-based friend to do it for you! Alternatively, many
other shops and organisations carry the same bags with their own slogans
and logos - contact Jutexpo to find your nearest independent supplier.