Brighton inventor devises dual-purpose carrier bag

Posted On 26 Mar 2015 at 8:29 pm

Brighton shoppers are being asked to road test a reusable carrier bag which transforms into a bin liner.

Bag ReBornLondon Road shop hiSbe is trialling Richard Simmonite’s Bag Re:Born, which as well as withstanding many trips to the shop also converts into a 60 litre bin liner or recycling sack.

Customers are being encouraged to try the bag and fill in a short survey to help refine the design, and already 300 have grabbed one.

It will also enable shoppers to avoid the 5 pence tax on every single use bag coming to all stores across England in September.

Mr Simmonite, said: “Single use carrier bags are an environmental disaster, but reusable carriers need to be used a lot of times to be any better.

“Research has found that people typically use their single use carrier bags as bin liners, so it made sense to try and create a product that would do both things while reducing the environmental impact of bags.”

hiSbe founders, Ruth and Amy Anslow, added: “Today’s shoppers are active supporters of social enterprise and sustainability.

“Bag Re:Born is a great fit with our customers values as well as saving them money and reducing waste.”

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