Way back in 2007, I purchased one of these cotton shoppers to play my part in reducing the amount of plastic bags that were used in the UK. No doubt you will have seen the bags before and hopefully the campaign made some impact on you. Here’s a reminder of why the campaign began:
- 10 billion plastic bags were being used per year in 2007
- In 2007, 1/3 of the UK adult population regarded reusing shopping bags as something you would do as part of an ‘alternative lifestyle’
- A charity named “We Are What We Do” partnered with Sainsburys/Whole Foods and designer Anya Hindmarch to create a campaign selling cotton shoppers for £5
(Stats from We Are What We Do).
5 years on, it seems people have adopted thrifty lifestyles and you aren’t considered some hippy/cheapskate if you take a few carrier bags to the supermarket. In fact, it’s now the thing to do. More and more shops have cottoned on (‘scuse the pun) to the reusable bag trend and people are buying bags ‘for life’. To add to that, the upcycling trend is in full swing.
So, what happened to my bag? I used it religiously until the straps began to unravel and it eventually gave up 3 years later. Not bad for a fiver. I cut the slogan off the bag and decided I would create a new bag so the thrifty slogan could continue its life.
Here is my upcycled bag in all its handmade glory (It really needs an iron, sorry!).
I used some calico to make a basic cotton shopper and stitched the slogan part of the original bag on the front. The straps are floral ribbon which I received in first my Crafty Creatives Subscription Box.
What do you think of my bag in its new form? Have you upcycled anything lately?
I have shared this post over at Handmade Harbour, come and check out the other crafters!