The Tote Eco Bag
I bought my first tote bag in Denmark for more than twenty years ago in 1990, at the Roskilde rock festival, probably the best festival over the last 30 years; good environmentally profile, voluntary work and donations. The Danish has always been known for their environmental involvement long back to the early 70s. The hippie movement got strong in Copenhagen, and as a result we got today still the free city within Copenhagen known as Christiania, where the well-known pusher street had attracted people from all over the Scandinavian countries as they sell marijuana and hash just on this short but hectic street.
The Danes use their bicycles.
Bicycles are more common than car in the city centers and suburbs; almost every road had its own lane for bicyclist. The bag I got was sponsored from the Danish brewery Tuborg and Carlsberg, given free when you bought larger quantities of beer in the camping festival era. Banksy Flower Thrower Eco Friendly Tote \ Shoulder Bag
Made of heavy recycled cotton fabric
The bag is made of very heavy recycled cottons, which are, in fact, much less damaging to the environment than Eco cotton as well. I have used this, washed it several times and still same good quality. I tried a few years back to present the concept of bags and holders for a few supermarket chains, but it was too early then so I am happy to see how massive this trend is starting to be, and I am quite sure this will be the reason that people get rid of the plastic bag who is, in fact, a very dirty and polluting product. The Eco lifestyle store got a fabulous limited design Eco Cotton bags from the artist and Banksy, a pioneer in intellectual, political, funny and clever street art artist, the tote bag book by Jitesh Patel and many other titles on green design. Visit Banksy and get to know his art.
The Eco Statement
The tote bag a statement of this century and a timeless bag turned into a classic modern who will replace disposable plastic bags? More people get an understanding and have become environmentally conscious to the last few years, due to the issue of Global warming. People understand parameters such as Carbon footprint, fast fashion, Eco and sustainable design, words that only not many year back was not in our vocabulary.
My interest for sustainable design was enlightened in 1998.
I started my great interest and understood the importance of sustainable design around 1998. I was working in the well-known company Levi Strauss Co as The Trend Specialist. In 2000 as we presented mega trends towards 2005 the trend was clear; “environmental organizations; politicians and consumers are becoming more concerned about big brand’s exploitation of common global resources and will demand a higher grade of recycling, waste management, safe products and workplaces. The Internet is one of the reasons that this will happen.”
Stuart Walker work was of great inspiration.
Stuart Walker Prof. University of Lancaster work and articles on fashion, design and sustainability in 1999 was a great resource and inspiration. His view gave me further insight and basic understanding of sustainability in design and how important this will be also in the fashion industry. His ideas were brought to the research doing at the moment for Levi Strauss; a part of their annual mega trend’s presentation. His work; «attraction of the opposites, reconciling with sustainable design” was one main source of influence. Later in time one of the first reactions about big brand’s exploitation came. At the same time, Ad Busters organization got a lot of tension from media and gained a lot of followers. However, the book No Logo by Naomi Klein became an instant classic asking questions about globalization, consumer culture and brand’s superpower. Recommended reading based upon Stuart Walkers “attraction of the opposites, reconciling with sustainable design,” “fashion and sustainability often assumed to be in opposition, does it attract”?
The tote bag’s blank canvas invites to be explored.
The tote bag represents a blank canvas ready to be explored by graphic designers around the world to highlight the message on Eco and environmental consciousness. Sustainable design or Eco fashion is no longer a mega trend but a way of living. The tote bags have a large era for an artist to create and highlight the message and both words and illustrations can be funny, sarcastic and political. Designers are a trendsetter. Artist working at the subject of designing Eco clothing, bags and alike are helping people to move faster and accept the message of environmental friendly fashion. Well, over a billion single-use plastic bags are given out free every day. However, as the old adage says, nothing comes for free. To make one kilo plastic it takes two liter of oil. A plastic bag’s life cycle is 20 minutes. So what are we waiting for? The absolute best fabrics to use for tote bag production are recycled cotton. Recycled cotton helps to cut the harsh dyes, pesticides and pesticides of traditional cotton and energy, water and human work required for both conventional and organically grown cotton. This small and easy step really makes a difference in terms of your environmental impact.
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Sources and useful information
About the Author Jitesh Patel has a studio in London; she is responsible for the Tote Prints blog toteprints.wordpress.com
Stuart Walker is Professor of Sustainable Design and Co-Director of the Imagination Lancaster design research lab at Lancaster University. Stuart has published several books on the subject and they are highly recommended. Sustainable by Design: Explorations in Theory and Practice, Earthscan, London (2006) and The Spirit of Design: Objects, Environment and Meaning, Earthscan, London (2011)
Recommend book The Tote Bag by Jitesh Patel, and inspirational and visual book highlighted the important and stylish tote bag.
Roskilde Music Festival. Roskilde rock festival probable among the three greatest European music festivals