Plastic bags are made from fossil-based petrochemicals. And then they’re thrown away. At best, in to the trash, but for some reason also in to the oceans. This leads to the death of tens of thousands of seabirds every year. But the obvious solution is not spelled Paper Bag, as one might believe. Just the higher weight of the paper bag alone leads to seven (7) times the fuel consumption (of fossil-based petrochemicals) in transport when compared to the plastic bag. Best of all is to use some sort of reusable bag when shopping.
The simple idea from the design and architect trio Claesson Koivisto Rune is to combine. The design of the plastic bag is optimal. One front side and one back, both with double-folded integrated handles, joined together, makes the bag both roomy and sturdy. At the same time, the non-profit organisation Stockholm City Mission, receives 16 tonnes every year of donated fabrics and clothing that are not suitable to be sold. Combined – an existing construction design and an existing eco-friendly raw material – they make a new, greener alternative to the plastic bag.
Finite natural resources are spared. The mountains of excess textiles that otherwise would have been disposed of find a good use. The homeless get an opportunity to work. (In a non-repetitive process, through the unlimited choice of creative fabric combinations.) And the Stockholm City Mission can create some revenue to help run their organisation… Claesson Koivisto Rune says that they can only see up-sides to this project. That is their reward.