Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Baffling Consumerism

The ‘IT’ bag of the moment. Go green they say.
Trash plastic and use shopping totes instead.
Throw in a very very mediocre statement bag by a renowned designer (Anya Hindmarch), have some celebrities lugging it around and you get a winning sales formula. Worldwide queues for this bag can span the length of the Great Wall of China (ok, I exaggerate).
Run a check on Ebay and you will be amazed at how its original price of 5 pounds can fetch 500 bucks and more currently!!!

Is this world going crazy? Are they taking the message of ‘Live Earth’ a tad too seriously or is it just plain consumerism at work. Go figure.

Daily Trivia:
Do you know that paper bags cost 5 times as much to produce than plastic bags? They are also BIGGER polluters as they require 4 times the energy to PRODUCE and almost 100 times the energy to RECYCLE.
Contrary to popular belief, paper bags DO NOT degrade faster than plastic ones in landfills as the garbage is compacted. Paper bags also take up more space in landfills.

So you see? The shift to paper bags is just plain misguided plastic politics. At least championing the use of shopping totes makes more sense. But 500 pounds for what everyone’s slinging on their arms? SERIOUSLY.

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Blogger crazychick said...

thanks for the info!! i didn't know that paper bags are worse than plastic bags! i guess the best way is to use shopping baskets? :D

have to admit that the "i'm not a plastic bag" bags are cute though :D

12:54 PM  
Blogger I.V.Y. said...

I like the "I'm not a Plastic Bag" tote too!
5 pounds, yes!!!
500 pounds, NO!

Queue overnight? NO.

Sigh. I am never going have 1. Haha.

1:03 PM  
Anonymous Xinyi said...

I agree. It's kinda cute, but not for 500 pounds.

Keira Knightley looked a tad scary in that picture..

5:54 PM  
Blogger I.V.Y. said...

To Xinyi:
Yea, I didn't notice till you mentioned it. Too pale, too a skeleton with fine hair blowing in the wind, with a tote (heavier than her) hanging on her bony arm.

5:58 PM  
Blogger iluvkangta said...

the bags are available at those taiwan auctions now. and they are so dirt cheap! haha

6:57 PM  
Blogger I.V.Y. said...

Wow iluvkangta! That's interesting. Will ask you for the link. I thought they jack up the prices. Even for fakes!

11:14 PM  

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