Environmental campaigners have been wanting us to reduce the number of plastic bags we use for decades, and for good reason. They clog up landfill sites and waterways, animals confuse them for food, choking and poisoning them, and dozens more environmental concerns. The problem with plastic bags is that they don’t degrade. The pollution they cause is having catastrophic results for our marine life.
National bans were set in motion in Bangladesh back in 2002, but it took until 2015 for the ban on plastic shopping bags to be instigated in Britain. Since then, 15 billion plastic bags have been taken out of circulation, an 86% fall in single plastic bag use.
Reusable bags for life are a step forward in the fight against waste, pollution and marine life endangerment. But what about the untold quantities of plastic bags that are already in circulation, loitering at the back of people’s cupboards?
At Saturday’s Child we are embracing the concept of re-purposing existing items, starting with the root of the issue, the plastic bag. Only items that exist are used for our project and we are excited to show you prototypes of our true Bag For Life.
This “plastic bag bag” is made from around 25 regular supermarket carrier bags. The handles and the bottom seam are cut off, then the remaining bag is cut in a spiral to make one long strip about one and a half inches wide.
It is then knitted on large needles, joining each strip as one goes. It is surprisingly uncomplicated for even the most novice knitter.
So there we have it, an existing product, something that would otherwise go to landfill or endanger our marine life, re-used and re-purposed, combined with a traditional handcraft to create something all the more substantial, modern and relevant in todays society.
With temperatures soaring outside, could this be the year we finally have our Indian Summer? The resort shows are in full swing and reflect the glorious summer mood; designers are buzzing with fresh concepts, inspirations, colour palettes and key items to get your creative juices flowing!
As we enter our third year as Kate Everard Designs, the website has had a recent refresh, and my new business cards are hot of the press too! No time for holidaying here at HQ, so, if there’s design work or accessories consultancy I can help with, don’t hesitate to get in touch!
My recent travels took me to Lisbon, along the coast of Portugal. Lately I’ve heard murmurings of Lisbon’s metamorphosis into cool territory; friends in fashion even going so far as to hail the Portuguese capital as the new Berlin, a cool city get-away with the extra benefit of the beach being just a short train ride away. Being a devout lover of Berlin I absolutely had to see for myself, and Lisbon I have not been disappointed. Rather, I found myself pleasantly drawn into the seemingly thriving artisanal community.
A highlight of the trip for me was the LX Factory Market. Set a little way off the usual tourist track in Alcântara, to my delight we found a feverish hub of creatives hawking their wares to eager hipsters and locals alike. Is this the Mediterranean Williamsburg…? The LX Factory is home to a diverse array of local homebred talent, and being of curious mind, I couldn’t help but take a peak behind the scenes. Originally a threads and fabrics factory, 150 years old, the LX has since been repurposed into co-working spaces, diverse restaurants and offices housing all manners of creatives from African textile designers to pole dancing workshops for the more daring of nature.
On Sundays, the market is formed, and the stage is set for all manner of fashions for the home, and the fashionista. Locally made clothing, accessories and items you never knew you needed are available. Fabulous cloth book jacket anyone? A fruitbowl made of classic vinyl? Cork is a material favoured by the Portuguese and having seen an abundance of it in the local Lisbon stores, it was no surprise to see many bags, accessories and jewellery made from it here. The resourcefulness of local artisans to repurpose materials, locations and styles shows their talent, and perhaps the benefit of collaborative co-working. The fabulous second-hand bookstore Ler Devagar is a fantastic example of this. Once the site of the factory’s printing house, some of the original machinery once used to produce fabrics is still in situ, now used to power automated mobiles and mechanical marvels.
The area is prime people watching territory; park yourself in one of the countless bars, restaurants and cafes and watch the city’s chic and cheerful pass you by. Muito Obrigada Lisbon, you have been a surprise and a delight!
On a cold day like today i’m mostly reminiscing about my travels to India back in 2014. I was lucky enough to visit the Dilli Haat artisan market in South Delhi, a real highlight for me. The experience was a joyous explosion on the senses; The colours, smells, textures and personalities were so wondrously loud, warm and bright. The wares for sale, eclectic and charming, for home and self. As I recall this experience, my only regret as is that I didn’t purchase more.