All this ethical shopping/eco-friendly malarkey is great news for workers, communities and, ultimately, the planet. But when it comes to fashion, accessories and keeping things cool, you don't want to look like some yoghurt-weaving hippie; you want to look like a conscientious shopper/picnicker with a sense of individuality and style. And that's where Recycled Juice Bags come in.
These incredibly funky bags are made from recycled juice cartons; you know, the squishy foil ones you bung a straw in. And thank goodness for that because this type of non-biodegradable packaging usually ends up littering the streets, languishing in landfill sites or producing all kinds of noxious nastiness when it is incinerated.
Recycled Shoulder bag (left) and Recycled Small Handbag (right)
As well as their impressive eco-friendly credentials, Recycled Juice Bags are helping impoverished communities, as they are made by a women's cooperative in the Philippines. Working for this award-winning organisation makes a genuine difference because almost all of the women are their family's main breadwinner. So as well as getting a highly original container, you'll be improving lives and helping to elevate people out of poverty.
But what about the actual bags? Well first up there's the Shoulder Bag, generously proportioned with a closing clasp and handles that are long enough to sling over your shoulder. As well as replacing planet-wrecking plastic carriers, this is a great receptacle for all you students as it can accommodate A4 files. And with its cheery colour scheme it makes a great beach bag.
Each bag is completely unique!
Then there's the Small Handbag. This seriously eye-catching accessory is crafted from interwoven lengths of juice carton, making it as sturdy as it is stunning. With two woven handles and it's zip fastening main pocket it's set to become the bag of choice for conscientious fashionistas (course they exist) everywhere.
As self-appointed fashion oracles we predict Recycled Juice Bags are going to be this season's must-haves, so we suggest you get ordering pronto. Recycled rubbish has never been so hip! (NB: Bono and Sting were not involved in the production of this item).
This product is made from recycled drinks cartons and so product colour may vary. This will not change the fact they look great!
Small Handbag approximately 30cm (W) x 19cm (H) x 8cm (D)
Shoulder Bag approximately 41cm (W) x 33cm (H) x 8cm (D)