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Apr 12, 2017

Despite their eco-friendly benefits, the cotton bags we love so much do carry around with them more of a carbon footprint than plastic bags. To fully offset the amount of carbon used in producing and transporting it to the shop you got it, you need to use the cotton bag a minimum of 131 times. That sounds like a challenge, and we do love a challenge here at the Cotton Bag Company.

So, with more than a little trepidation, we begin on our epic task of finding 131 uses for a cotton bag.

(If you can think of any please feel free to email us as we may struggle for inspiration after a while!)

1. Shopping Obviously! Keep your cotton bag by the front door or on the car’s passenger seat, and a spare one at work or in your handbag, so that whether you’re doing the weekly shop or popping out for a few essentials at lunchtime, you can keep your plastic bag consumption to the minimum.

2. Beach Days An awesome summer so far has seen Britain’s coastal resorts do a booming trade. But one thing these resorts need less of is plastic bags floating around and into the sea. A cotton bag not only prevents that, but also gives ample room for towels, books, sunglasses, sun-tan lotion and swimming cozzie. Plus they look pretty stylish too!

3. Making Cushions If you’ve got a bag design that you really love then why not turn it into a cushion? Snip off the handles, fill it with stuffing and sew it up at the top – what could be easier?

4. Recycling Cotton bags are good for helping to separate recycling, plus if your communal bin is quite a walk away they’re easier to carry there than a large bucket.

5. Baby-Changing Bag Non-parents would probably be amazed at the amount of stuff you need to carry around with you when you have a little one – nappies, wipes, spare clothes, bibs, food, bottles – and that’s just the obvious. A cotton bag helps keep everything together, and is easy to clean if you have a spill.

Continuing our mission to find 131 individual uses for a cotton bag (that’s the number of times a bag needs to be used before it’s carbon footprint is levelled out), let’s talk about storage.

6. Clothes & Linen

Once most of us hit our 30s we tend to have wardrobes overflowing with clothes, some for summer and some for colder months. It’s helpful at the start of every season to go through and decide what you’re not likely to be wearing for some months, and put it away on a top shelf. Cotton bags are useful for keeping outfits, or types of clothes such as woolly socks together, and free of dust. Similarly, when you have several sets of linen in the home, some for the family and some for guests, you want to keep it neatly out of sight until needed, and cotton bags are good for storing it.

7. Herbs

If you’re never happier than when you’re at the stove then it’s more than likely you have a large collection of dried or fresh herbs in the kitchen. Those little pots they come in at the supermarket, handy though they may be, could be more attractive, so why not get hold of some little cotton bags, and stitch a label onto each of them to denote what’s inside? You can do the same for other loose foodstuffs like seeds, flour, sugar or coffee so that things that need to stay out on the counter as they’re used regularly still fit in with your kitchen decor.