OK! So I’ll admit it. This string bag is symptomatic of my latest consumerist tendency – the purchasing of green bags. In the last few months I’ve been given or purchased a whole series of green bags, ranging from some very fine and robust canvas bags in Waitrose; logo’ed cotton bags from conferences or purchased in thrift shops; bags for life given or purchased from supermarkets and now the green bag to end all other green bags … the string bag!
However this is not just any string bag. Its made from strong fairtrade cotton, eco dyes, and manufactured by (hopefully) happy workers in what are termed airy units in India. But if this were not enough to save the planet the company that sells them in the UK is committed to saving the turtle. The turtle is the beast that outlived the dinosaurs but, as the marketing puts it, might not outlive us because of the danger of feeding off plastic bags discarded around our seashores.
Though no proportion of the relatively modest sum that I paid for the bag will go towards some wildlife charity or other the idea is that the more string bags we have the less plastic bags get discarded. Though the company has been audited by WWF for its ethical and environmental credentials.
The difference between a string bag and other types of eco bag (all the others are much cheaper) is that a string bag cannot carry advertising. They also look very pretty hanging on hooks – as the Turtle Bag website shows. I’ll keep you posted as to their practicalities, lifespan and fashion kudos.
To find out more go to www.turtlebags.co.uk .