Wednesday, March 18, 2009
I was reminded tonight that this was a post I meant to do, I was browsing blogs and Calico and Cards had a post on reusable bags.Photo is of Aoife with the recycled feed bag bought on Etsy from Pam on Life on a Southern Farm Its waterproof and hard wearing it is now my allotment bag because if I leave it on the damp ground its contents remain dry. I have also used it for bringing veg home from the shops and it is a conversation piece!
How many of you have heard of Anna Hindmarch? She designs bags which cost thousands of dollars and sell on Ebay for hundreds! This particular bag was designed to make recycling and not using plastic bags fashionable, a quote from the designer in New York Times reads; "To create awareness, you have to create scarcity by producing a limited edition," she said. "I hate the idea of making the enviornment trendy, but you need to make it cool and then it becomes a habit." You can read the story of the bag here
A store here in Cork got in some of them and people queued all night to get one of the bags retailing at 12e.
There was a blue and brown version made and all over the world people queued and almost killed to get their hands on one.There were videos on Youtube showing the pandemonium in stores with customers pushing and pulling to get one of them.One good thing to come from this recession hopefully will be a return to some sanity about designer labels.Designer bags and clothing are seen on so called celebrities who get most of this stuff free to endorse it and gullible people melt their credit cards to pay an exorbitant price just to be seen with the same!
This is one I made earlier! When the Anna Hindmarch bags went on sale I bought this cotton bag in Aldi for 37 cent and used fabric paint to write the message on it. Two years later after washing and using it is now being used to transport my crochet around. I have only seen one person actually carrying one of the designer bags, they are probably packed away safely in dust bags hoping they will increase in price and become priceless.