Last week saw the launch of the Museum's own bag for life, and much to our delight you absolutely love it. With over 1,000 sold in just under a week, you have been declaring that you are on nature's side.
Stay on nature's good side with a Museum bag for life
What is it made of?
The bag for life is made of non-woven polypropylene; a recyclable plastic that is strong yet lightweight, making it perfect for the weekly shop.
So it is plastic?
A recyclable one, yes.
What makes it more environmentally friendly then?
Businesses in the UK give out an average of 8 million single-use plastic bags per year. Hardly any of these are ever reused or sent for recycling and, instead, they become a major part of the country's littering problem. Animals often mistake the bags for food, particularly along the coastline where birds perceive them to be jellyfish.
The durability and styling of the bag for life means that they are reused a lot more. The material is made from 5 different types of recyclable plastic which in turn can go on to be remade into another bag for life. Whereas it is very common to see a single use bag littering the streets, it's very rare - if ever - that you'll see a bag for life doing so.
Wouldn't a cotton bag be even more environmentally friendly?
Not necessarily. The amount of energy it takes to produce non-woven polypropylene is a lot less than to produce cotton, meaning fewer pollutants are released into the environment.
Have you bought a bag for life recently? Tweet your #bagforlife photos to @Shop_at_NHM or leave your reviews in the comments.