It’s the end of the plastic bag as we know it. Starting from New Year 2017, single-use carrier bags have been banned in French grocery stores. By the end of 2018, they’ll be phased out in the entire EU. This isn’t just for Europeans; similar bans have been enacted worldwide.
The alternative that some shops will provide, paper bags, are not much better in terms of sustainability. To give you an idea, the USA cuts down 14 million trees per year to manufacture paper bags, and these discarded bags create twice the amount of emissions as plastic bags when they decompose in landfills.
But we’ve got you covered for the ban or your attempts to go green – choose between our Bourse de Commerce (François Pinault and Bernard Arnault’s next district), Belleville (Paris’ Brooklyn), La Seine (the New Scene) and Ligne 15 (ride into the future of Paris) designs which celebrate the new Grand Paris. Our take on the now-extinct grocery bag is made of 100% cotton canvas, which is much stronger than an ordinary plastic or paper bag, certainly more chic, and biodegradable, too. Use it for carrying your haul from the farmer’s market, your lunch, or even as Japanese “furoshiki”-style gift wrapping for that special someone.
Don’t be this guy; this look is so naff:
The next time you need to head out grocery shopping, take one of our embroidered bags and be transported to Paris, not just to the corner shop.
A few additional facts about plastic bags:
- The Danes and Finns use four plastic bags per person per year, the French use 80, and the Portuguese and Polish use more than 400.
- Plastic bags are used for an average of 20 minutes, but can take from 10 to 500 years to degrade.
- The amount of plastic thrown away each year is enough to encircle the planet four times.