I have bitten my tongue on this whole ‘green game’ for awhile now. I made it through Earth Day without making a peep. Then I read the article "Shoppers going green with reusable grocery bags by Stella McCartney, other fashion designers" SignOnSanDiego.com and now I’m seeing red.
In a nutshell, I think this whole ‘think about the environment’ when it comes to fashion is a scam. Instead of paying too much for a crappy shopping bag or an ugly shirt, I have a better idea. I know how we can save the environment and still look fashionable. Are you ready? BUY GOOD CLOTHES. I know it’s not a new concept but think about it. Buy some investment pieces like a great suit and wear it to death. Think quality over quantity. If we stay out of the H & M’s, Forever 21’s and whoever else makes disposable clothing we will do tons to save the environment. Our insatiable appetite to wear something new at all times is leaving us wide open to be scammed. Read on…
A trip to the grocery store is becoming a lot more fashionable and expensive as consumers look to designer totes to bag their greens and express their style. Hermes, Stella McCartney and Consuelo Castiglioni of Marni are among the top designers now offering reusable shopping bags that are chic and pricey.
The bags give shoppers an alternative to paper or plastic without sacrificing style.
The Silky Pop Hermes bag, which will go on sale in the U.S. this summer, has a price tag of $960. Made of hand-wrought silk, it collapses into a wallet-size pouch of calfskin. Castiglioni’s foldable nylon bag retails for $843. The Stella McCartney organic canvas shopper sells for $495.
Reusable shopping bags – which have mostly been confined to farmers’ markets and health food co-ops – have increased in popularity as cities consider banning the use of certain plastic bags and encourage shoppers to do more for the environment (like San Francisco).
While the designer bags are eye-catching, cheaper totes are also grabbing attention (thank God some people have a clue).
Trader Joe’s sells a $1.99 bright blue-and-green print polypropylene sack. And the “I’m Not a Plastic Bag” by British handbag designer Anya Hindmarch goes for $15, though it has fetched 10 times that much on the eBay auction Web site.
This month’s Vogue magazine urges fashionistas to become more bag-wise: “No loitering, girls,” says contributing editor Sarah Mower. “Today, let us go out and harness the power of fashion to change the way the nation shops.” Read: give us time to figure out more ways to get you to drop ridiculous amounts of money on grocery bags and the like. Wake up. If you spend your money on a Hermes shopping bag, you are a fool. You’d be better of spending it on a an investment piece of clothing or handbag that you will carry over and over again. I swear I am going to laugh and think ‘sucker’ if I see someone carrying this at my local Whole Paycheck.