Plastic ain’t my bag!

by Organikal on July 17, 2007

Pink_bag500_2 How many plastic bags do you use in a week?

Unsurprisingly, I’ve been refusing plastic bags for some time now. It’s one of those things that the more you do it, the more you do it until it becomes an obsession that bores other folks.

I had an argument with a sales clerk in a store last week. I bought some cleaning items and some plastic (can’t yet live without it?) boxes. I turned away to get something else and when turned back to the desk, she had put the items in the boxes, then placed the boxes in a bag. Those cheap, white useless plastic bags. I asked her to remove them and she said she wouldn’t – it was store policy!! The queue behind me grew longer, I told her to get the manager and I’d explain to him what  an unhelpful, unenvironmentally-friendly, behind-the-times, policy it was – and where was the “customer is always right” attitude anyway? She took the items out the bag and I tossed my hair and strode out without insisting I speak to the manager. The store was “InStore” – a cheapie shop, where you can buy anything from underpants to bathroom mirrors, to bird feeders – all for about £2-£5.

My recent non-plastic bag purchases have included the Holland & Barrett jute bag, certified climate neutral by – which is roomy and fits over my shoulders. Practical, is the best description I can give. I did succumb to the much more stylish Anya Hindmarch “I’m Not a Plastic Bag” bag from It created quite a bit of fuss first time around. I have to say, I’m loving it. Not that I’ve used it for any more than some groceries from my local corner shop yet. You know the kind of groceries I mean?  Stale white plastic bread. A magazine. A tin of soup because sometimes you’re just too lazy to mash up some ingredients in a pot….

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colin mccarthy February 19, 2008 at 9:17 am

that logo is really sweet! i was just wondering if it was copyrighted? and if soo if it would be possible to use it?
if you could let me know that would be great!


Organikal February 19, 2008 at 9:26 am

Hi Colin – yes, it is a cool logo. It belongs to the We Are What We Do people – just click on the bag to visit their website – they want as many folks as possible to display the logo – preferably with a link back to their site and some commitment to complete their actions – check it out at
All the best


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