June 13, 2007
Eco Bagging with Morsbags

Recently I’ve jumped on board the eco-trend of using my own reusable bag when I shop. It seems like everywhere you turn, shops are selling (or giving away) lightweight fabric bags, that are foldable, rollable or otherwise containable. I have two. One in each of my purses, folded up and ready for shopping trips of all kinds. It is more comfortable to carry a fabric bag that can be slung over a shoulder than a plastic bag and ever so much better for the environment.

But I don’t see so many people using them, even though they are easily available in shops, so I was excited to find a movement to recycle fabric into shopping bags and hand them out for free to friends and strangers. Here’s a blurb from the website:


Let’s do something positive to reduce the hideous number of plastic bags being used - 1 million are consumed per minute globally - of which hundreds of thousands end up in the oceans.

The idea is to get together with people in your local community, drink wine and make reusable cloth bags (from old duvet covers, curtains from charity shops etc) and hand them out to the unsuspecting public for free on specified dates outside different supermarkets.

Meet new people, do something marvelous for the planet and beat other pods (groups) of baggers with your morsbag tally.

go to www.morsbags.com to be a part of a wonderful thing!

p.s. non-commercial/ non-profitable - just full of beneficial things for everyone, especially whales!

I’d like to start a “pod” of morsbag makers in Tokyo. I’ve got a sewing machine, an iron, and some fabric, but more people and more fabric would make the creation more fun, easier and more productive, too. Would you like to play? I’m thinking about starting this Sunday. Send me an e-mail or leave a comment.

Posted by kuri at June 13, 2007 05:48 PM


me - what time you thinking? I have heaps of fabric that may be useful. Plus I have carried my own bag in my handbag for shopping for over 12 months now. I have a few of the green bags from Australia too.

Posted by: T on June 14, 2007 05:56 PM

Finally this trend hits Japan! So glad to hear it!

Posted by: j-ster on June 14, 2007 10:23 PM

I was thinking of bagging between lunch and dinner. So maybe 1 - 6? What’s your schedule like, T?

Posted by: Kristen on June 15, 2007 06:55 AM

Have to meet my tailer around 2pm in Kagurazaka.. probably can get there around 3pm..

Posted by: T on June 15, 2007 05:29 PM

oh BTW my fabric is from Salvation army - picked it up for cheap but haven’t gotten around to using it yet. So I guess that fits the specs.

Posted by: T on June 16, 2007 03:31 AM
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