‘Green’ Bags

Thursday, 10 April 2008, 15:15 | Category : environment
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500 billion to a trillion plastic bags are consumed around the planet annually according to the National Geographic. With last year’s reminder on global warming a large variety of companies gave out reusable cloth bags. I don’t know about every one else but the ones I’ve been bombarded with this year were generally quite ugly. But I suppose since they were from oil & gas companies, one cannot expect much! all function zero form, company colour + logo = voila! Only PTT’s ecobag looked good as they seem to have their own team to design their calenders and gifts. Another problem I find is the shape of these bags, they’re pretty much all the same shape! horizontal rectangles with small handles. I personally find they seem a tad awkward to be utilised in public, to the reusable bag designers, women aren’t the only ones who purchase groceries!

After joining the Design 21 Social Design Network I found out about the ‘furoshiki’. A traditional Japanese cloth which comes in various sizes, traditionally used for wrapping and transportation of goods. Video below and more info at http://www.furoshiki.com/:

I suppose it can even be used as a scarf or bandana, cover yourself when it rains! A multipurpose reusable cloth.

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