Saving our planet; one bag at a time

October 4, 2007

Did we save the world from 250 million plastic bags last year? According to Morsbag, maybe we did!

Filed under: Environment — Kaajal @ 2:34 pm

These ladies make their own Morsbags

Morsbags are what they call “a sociable guerilla bagging network.” Their site encourages folks around the world to get together and stitch their own cloth bags from any fabric they have lying around – used curtains, whatever…

I wrote to Pol at Morsbags.com to find out how it all started.

Here’s Pol telling us how she got going “How did we start? We started overnight in January 2007 due to frustration of seeing plastic bags floating down the canal where we live in London (on a houseboat). I had the idea, phoned mum to come up with a simple design and asked my fiancé Joseph to design a web page that night so that we could share the pattern, encourage people to join in and raise awareness of the horrific harm that plastic bags can cause to marine wildlife.

I was devastated to find the news about the dead Minke whale washed up in Normandy, France with it’s stomach full of plastic bags and wanted to do something immediate and positive to help, rather than just saying no to plastic bags; the idea of giving them away to compete against the free supermarket ones seemed like the only answer – we reckon each morsbag potentially replaces 500 plastic bags! Over 5200 have now been made. They’re extremely easy and surprisingly addictive to make.

So, at HQ, it’s just me and Joseph, but there are 200 ‘pods’ (groups or individuals) all over the UK, America, New Zealand, Spain, France etc who have joined us to make morsbags out of their old curtains, duvet covers and pillow cases, enjoying glasses of wine and sewing, before distributing them, guerilla style for free to the public. People in pods meet whenever they want and others set up bag making workshops. They also get together to hand out the bags on handout days (such as Oct 13th and Dec 1st) although if shy, some people prefer to give them to friends, relatives, colleagues or post them through letterboxes, give them out at school etc.

People in “pods” meet whenever they want and others set up bag making workshops. They also get together to hand out the bags on handout days (such as Oct 13th and Dec 1st) although if shy, some people prefer to give them to friends, relatives, colleagues or post them through letterboxes, give them out at school etc”.

Well done, Pol! What you are doing is heartening and I wish you great success. I wish we could learn how to bring people together for the cause in this manner.

We at Norquest also share in her pride.

I’ve often wondered how many plastic bags each of our bags substitutes. I live in India and have no way to observe what people in the West do when they receive a cotton bag.

If, as Pol assumes, every one of the roughly 5,00,000 bags we sold last year caused people to use 500 less bags, that’s a total of 250,000,000 – 250 million plastic bags less polluting our earth! Sure feels good!

1 Comment »

  1. Its a great idea to save the plastic & pollution.I think you should add your blog at BlogAdda and let more people discover your blog. It’s a great place for Indian bloggers to be in and I am sure it would do wonders for your blog.

    Comment by deepanjali — October 4, 2007 @ 5:56 pm

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