Morsbags is a non-profit project aimed at eliminating the use of plastic bags by making and distributing reusable fabric bags - for free..
it was founded by Claire Morsman who was so shocked by the devastating effect plastic bags have on marine wildlife that she decided to promote the making and giving away of reusable cotton bags to show that there really is an alternative to plastic bags. we humans have only been using plastic bags for 30 years and already they are strewn all over the planet. globally we consume one million plastic bags per minute ~ how scary is that?! these plastic bags break in to smaller pieces but it is unknown how long it would take them to fully biodegrade. the problem with them in the environment is that marine wildlife mistake these tiny bits of plastic as food and ingest them with fatal consequences.
i have been using reusable bags for a long time and have a variety of cotton/ canvas bags which i have made or have been given. i really do not understand it when i see a supermarket trolley overflowing with packed plastic bags especially nowadays when even most of the supermarkets offer a greener shopping bag alternative.
today i made a morsbag...
there are down-loadable instructions and even an animation of how to make one on the morsbags website.
the bags are finished well with an easy peasy french seam which neatens all the raw edges. the handles are double stitched and the straps are attached with a box and a cross to given further strength.
to make one i would recommend using a medium to heavier weight cotton as opposed to a flimsy fabric.. you could even make one in wool or add applique if you were making it for yourself but the main idea is to make as many as you can from old duvets, curtains.. or whatever you can salvage ... more advice on this is also on the website.
please do have a look at the morsbags website... it is a fantastic project and the more that we can make and pass on free to folk, then the less plastic bags will be needed.
also julia at marmalade kiss's post today takes this subject a little further and encourages us to also question what we put in these ethical shopping bags.
now the GIVEAWAY...
the only thing i need to do now to finish my morsbag is to download and add the morsbag labels and then find someone to give it to.... maybe you can help with this...
i shall make a total of 5 bags before the end of the month and put them into a draw. if you are still in need of being converted to reusable bags or know someone who you feel it would be good to give a morsbag to then please leave a comment on this post and i will draw 5 names at random at the end of october.
and of course if you want to suppot Claire's fantastic project and make a morsbag (or two) then that would be wonderful....thanks for listening,