Best bags?

With the UK set to introduce a 5p tax on plastic bags next year, now seems a good time to pick out good design in more sustainable alternatives, as the Supreme Creations Innovations and Impact Awards attempted this week

With the UK set to introduce a 5p tax on plastic bags next year, now seems a good time to pick out good design in more sustainable alternatives, as the Supreme Creations Innovations and Impact Awards attempted this week

The awards were orgainsed by Supreme Creations, which calls itself “The world’s largest ethical manufacturer of reusable bags, eco promotional gifts and giveaways” in conjunction with UK Fashion & Textile Association.

Of course the sustainable credentials of canvas alternatives to plastic bags are not entirely clear cut as Dmitri Siegel wrote about in this Design Observer post. But the tote bag’s popularity has proved surprisingly enduring. Says UK Fashion & Textile Association CEO John Miln, “Clever design, choice of materials and high quality manufacturing are key to changing consumer habits. The reusable bag is no longer just a bag, but a status symbol. Brands are fighting to win space on the new ‘walking billboard’ as it has a universal “every-man” quality about it.”

The night’s winners included the River Island bag shown top and below in the Most Impactful International Project category for the opening of its Stockholm shop

Mark Fast X Bare Minerals for LFW won Most Impactful Collaboration

 

Runner-up in that category were these bags for the British Fashion Council by Music which use a ‘puffy print’ texture to add tactility

 

 

Winner in Best Innovation in Print Message Design category was this colour-in bag by Eggnogg

 

The winner in Impactful Retail Product Merchandise was Luluzulu for this pack presenting baby tights in wetwipes style packaging

 

And we liked this runner-up in the same category for Harrow & Green – personalised Christmas toy sacks

 

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And we should point out that you can get your very own CR Tote here

 

And check out Progress Packaging’s Tour de France-themed musette bag project here with designs from a host of studios, including this from Manual

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