Bag for Life
With the current drive to reduce the consumption of carrier bags a number of approaches are being seen as the way forward. The UK Government is introducing a charge for carrier bags in supermarkets particularly where one solution is a reusable shopping bag or a bag for life.
The bag for life can be reused for shopping many times, this is a particularly good alternative to single use paper carrier or single use plastic carrier bags. It is often made from fabric such as canvas, woven synthetic fibers, or a thicker plastic that is more durable and long lasting than single use disposable plastic carrier bags, allowing for multiple use and reduces the overall consumption of carrier bags.
Our reusable shopping bags are technically a kind of carrier bags, they are available for sale in supermarkets and apparel shops and other retail outlets all over the UK. The reusable shopping bags often require more energy to produce than common plastic shopping bags but more than make up for this by the fact they are used on an on-going basis. One reusable bag requires the same amount of energy as an estimated 28 traditional plastic shopping bags or eight paper bags. “If used once per week, four or five reusable bags will replace 520 plastic bags a year” according to numerous independent sources. An independent study commissioned by the United Kingdom Environment Agency in 2005 but never published found that the average cotton bag is used 51 times before being thrown away.
Most bags for life are sold in UK supermarkets for a small sum (usually about 10p) and are often replaced for free when they are no longer usable. The main reason for this is that the bag for life is recycled (which earns the retailer/supplier a small amount of money), and unlike free normal disposable carrier bags there is a (small) financial incentive to bring the bags back for recycling, again lessening the environmental impact over the whole lifetime of the bag.
The bag for life started with flexi loop handle carrier bags as the plastic is more heavy duty and has a more expensive feel than a normal disposable carrier bags, with the progression of the trend moving toward a more fabric bag like cotton bags or jute bags the bag for life is becoming a firm favourite with the general public. We are also seeing the use of PP Woven Bags and PP Non Woven Bags used as bags for life.
From our latest range of products…
We are constantly supplying our clients with new types of bags that push our conception of what a bag for life actually is. As we know this all started with the flex loop carrier bag, but basically couldn’t any reusable bag be classed as a bag for life if made from the right materials?
Here are some of our latest products that may fall under the bag for life concept and also some of the latest more conventional bags for life recently supplied.
A new style of bag for life.
A more traditional style of a bag for life, with a modern feel.
New styles of jute Bags that add a real touch of quality to your product.