Contributing Monkie Sarah Backhouse
Published on December 2, 2007
Sixteen. Nothing sweet about it. That’s the number of plastic bags the average American uses every week. Extrapolate that out to a year and that figure balloons to 100 billion. And this last one’s the killer…
1,000. That’s the number of years these plastic bags will stay on earth.
Hopefully the thought of being outlived by plastic bags will drive more of us towards a more reusable solution. The anti-plastic vibe is certainly felt at my local supermarket. You can literally feel the disapproving eyes upon you if you happen to leave yours at home, a common mistake I hate making (more on that later).
Nowadays there are so many reusable bags on the market – in order to grab me (to grab it), they need to be the perfect combination of aesthetic and functionality.
Method’s “plastic bag rehab” delivers on both fronts. Designed by eco-lifestyle expert Danny Seo, the front of the bag has a cool retro feel, which initially reminded me of the grand daddy of sustainable bags, the bag that started it all, Anya Hindmarsh’s “I’m not a plastic bag” bag. The back lists a bunch of ways you can use the bag in order to look good and feel better.
Functionality is also key here. The “plastic bag rehab” is waterproof, durable and — best of all — folds up into itself, enabling you carry to it around in your regular bag.
Which means you can say goodbye to those embarrassing moments at the checkout when you find yourself sans your own carry-all.
The next step? Eliminating the catchphrase “plastic or paper?” once and for all.