From today the 5th of October, 2015, you will have to pay 5p for the use of a plastic bag to put your shopping in within the UK. This new law applies to all shops and stores with more than 250 employees. Apparently, over 7 billion plastic bags a year are handed out in stores across the UK.
Plastic bags are not biodegradable and alarmingly can take up to a 1000 years to break down. Yes, that does sound bad. This new charge is the government’s bid to reduce its usage and the negative effects it has on the environment and wildlife.
So quite simply, we think you should get yourself a handy and fun Tommy tote! Yes you can be eco-friendly and stylish at the same time. This multi-purpose bag is spacious, durable and folds into a neat little rectangle for storage. Even apart from the fact that this will save you money and looks cool, it is also much more comfortable to carry on the shoulder due to its wide straps. Where you would have had 3 or 4 shopping bags, you now only have to carry one.
It also doubles up as a beach bag, a weekend bag or anything you want it to be really! It is handmade from a thick woven textile from Nigeria known as Aso-oke. Check out our collection here: www.urbanknit.com/tommy+tote and see which colour combination best suits your personality. You too can say no more plastic bags!
Whether your are going to the supermarket or the beach, the Tommy tote is a pretty and practical accessory for you. Here is why. It is a spacious bag with a width of about 50cm (20 inches) and a height of just over 30cm (12 inches). You can fit in your weekly shopping or your beach towel and bottles of sunscreen (whichever you may be lucky enough to be doing).
The beauty of the tote is how easily it folds to a manageable size when not in use. Check it out below. A couple of steps and presto. A tiny little square (6 inches) which means you can tuck it into your handbag on the way to the supermarket or in a drawer when you get home. You’d not need to use plastic bags again!
The Tommy totes are made out of Aso-oke which is a thick durable textile. They are also colourful and bright so you can be eco-friendly in a stylish way! Win-win!
Do check out the range available here: https://www.urbanknit.com/?s=tommy+tote&post_type=product
A couple of years ago we started the A to Z Initiative where we upcycle fabric into new products. The idea is to make use of fabric that is still in good condition in products in the Urbanknit store. We then donate part of the proceeds from the sale of these items to particular charities that are close to our hearts.
For this particular tote, the Aso-oke fabric for the outer fabric as well as the Ankara lining where both donated. Thank you Laitan and Mrs S! The Tommy tote makes a great beach bag and also serves as a great alternative to plastic bags when you go grocery shipping at the supermarket. It also makes a great weekend bag.
The Tommy tote is roomy and comfortable to carry due to the wide straps. It also has 3 large inner pockets to store smaller items for easier retrieval.
You can check out the Red Tommy Tote here: www.urbanknit.com/shop/red-black-tommy-tote/
You can also have a look at other products that are part of the initiative here: The A to Z Initiative Thanks for browsing! Looking forward to those orders!
Yes! Summer has officially arrived and here in London it actually feels like it! It was officially the hottest day of the year yesterday and it was glorious.
- Suntan lotion
- Book to read
Answered check! to everything on the list? Now where do you put it all?
We have got the perfect solution in our large and funky Tommy Tote. Its is large and will fit everything you need for a day out at the beach, a picnic in the park or a music festival with friends. Measuring 50 cm across (20inches) and 33cm high (13 inches) this is a super-sized tote. It also has internal pockets so smaller items won’t go astray.
It also works perfect for grocery shopping so you don’t have to use those plastic bags (you know the ones you have no use for once you are home that just live permanently under the kitchen sink).
The Tommy totes are made from a thick woven fabric known as Aso-oke which is similar in texture to denim.
Durable, roomy, funky, eco-friendly, what more could you ask for!
Check out more totes here: https://www.urbanknit.com/product-category/bags/totes/