Monday, August 25, 2008

Morsbags - Sociable. Guerilla. Bagging

Check this out.  Sheila from the Isle of Wight England who read a couple of my Care2 articles sent me some information on a project called Morsbags.  The basic idea is that local groups/individuals get together into groups called pods and make re-usable bags from whatever material they happen to have around. The bags are then given to local folks who in turn are asked not to use any more plastic bags.

How cool is that?

The website is set up really easily and you can download pdfs to help you get started on making bags right away.  The general idea is to get together with a  group of friends, make as many bags as you feel like and then give them away to be used.  They suggest going to a shopping center and passing them out en masse to make a better statement but also recognize that this isn't for everyone. Sheila also includes a piece of paper in each bag explaining what they are and how to make them. The thing i really love about the site is that they are just trying to get people to change their attitudes and giving them a very concrete way to do it.

I'm hoping to do an interview with the founder and will post that when it happens.

By the way, the website for what Sheila's town has been doing is here.

In the meantime, check out the site and get bag making!



Unknown said...

I read about your trash journey in the Sunday Seattle Times (not online - but on newsprint). I am going to follow your blog cuz I need the reminder of how I'm trashing my world.
p.s. the sunday paper does get re-used as guinea pig cage liner. I think I'll start shaking the poops into the garden and recycling the paper after re-using it tho.... and I think I'll find a neighbor who has an already read one...I'll just read it on Monday instead :)

Ruby Fuerza AKA Lucille Brawl said...

i like this idea....but i find i use all my left over materials (mostly from packaging, sometimes from junk mail) for doggy pooper-scooper duties. i live in a city where picking up after the dog is an obligation (which is OK by me). But I often wonder if there is a better way to pick up after the pup that is even less wasteful then reusing, say, the plastic bag from Sunday paper...

sarahelizabeth said...

Awesome thanks for the link!

Dave said...

Hey Ruby,
I guess it depends on where you live. If that plastic bag can be recycled than it should be and you can find another alternative for the poop (some sort of biodegradable bag or composting box perhaps). On the flip side, if there is no way to re-use of recycle and it's going to end up in the trash anyway, I guess it's better to have it do double duty (pun intended). Anyway you can get the Sunday paper without the plactic?

Consume Less, Conserve More!!!


Dave said...

Hey Kimmie,
Welcome aboard and thanks for taking the time to make a difference. Please comment as often as you'd like as I always like hearing solutions that others have come across.

Consume Less, Conserve More!!!