As I mentioned in my inaugural post for The Old Bag Project, my bid to find the best alternatives to plastic bags, I've been trying to lay my hands on the new Anya Hindmarch-designed bag that's due to go on sale in branches of Sainsbury next month.
I've had mixed feelings about this bag since I learned more about it, not least because, as a post on Guardian Unlimited's News blog written by one of my colleagues points out today, it's ironic that a product that is meant to reduce plastic bag consumption has instead fostered a celebrity-inspired media frenzy which has culminated in the bags being offered on eBay for far more than their original price.
One has to speculate at how many plastic bags will be saved by the owners of these designer numbers as a result of their purchase: I hope it's many thousands, but then one could have just as easily spent pennies on a cheap cloth bag from a charity shop or made your own chic bag made of recycled plastic bags.
Still, as we all know, it's not easy being green, and I am not alone in being a mass of contradictions when it comes to my purchasing habits. So I've been trying to buy one for review purposes for the Old Bag Project and finally, almost by chance, today, the site was working and I managed to buy one - I think. The order certainly went through anyway. When it turns up I shall, of course, review it here - then it'll be going to Canada into the hands of my sister who is far more stylish than me and will no doubt make good use of it.