A Bagful of Bag Tales

Surprisingly enough, if we look back at the earliest stages of civilization, we are sure to observe that crude forms of bags and purses were widely used by both men and women since time immemorial. These were invented purely because of necessity; for carrying personal items since clothes were not yet fitted out with ‘pockets’.  However, the introduction of pockets during the latter part of the 16th century gave rise to a situation that negated the use of bags for men, while bags continued to serve the purposes for women.

A ‘bag-for-life’, often referred to as a reusable shopping bag in the United Kingdom, is a type of shopping bag that can be used over and over again, as against single-use plastic bags. It is usually made from fabric such as canvas, natural fibers such as jute or woven synthetic fibers – all of them being more durable than disposable plastic bags, thus providing multiple uses.

While most reusable Jute and Cotton canvas shopping bags are available for sale in shopping malls all over the world , some of these are also distributed free of cost as promotional items by manufacturers and distributors of consumer durables to allure loyal customers. With amazing durability features, these natural fiber bags outclass their plastic rivals in 10 to 1 ratio or more. ‘If used once every week, 4 or 5 reusable bags will easily replace 520 plastic bags a year’, said Nick Sterling, research director at Natural Capitalism Solutions, a research center that provides innovative yet pragmatic solutions to pressing global challenges.

Incidentally, Apollo Bags is the first establishment in the United Kingdom to introduce the popular shopping bag with a rubber-based bio-degradable lining which is known to disintegrate within a person’s lifetime.

Meanwhile, in India, Bangladesh and Thailand several companies had specialized in manufacturing Jute and Cotton carry bags, notable amongst them being Richie Bags of Kolkata, India. However, what sets this establishment apart from others revolves round their business discipline that neither compromises with the quality of their product nor the selection of raw material.

Needless to say, this has resulted in widespread demand for their products and in response trendy Jute and Cotton carry bags manufactured by Richie Bags are exported to a large number of overseas countries that include France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and United States.  As a matter of fact, many overseas importers comprising pharmaceuticals and cosmetic goods manufacturers, books and periodicals publishers, food and beverage packing industries, wineries, etc import these products on a regular basis, while a host of MNCs indent promotional Tote Bags in bulk quantity to allure their loyal customers.

Incidentally, the company participates in most Trade Fairs that are organized in these countries on regular basis not only to popularize their products but also to demonstrate the eco-friendly bio-degradable nature of their products against plastic bags that pollute the environment, causing harm to millions of people who have been using these unknowingly for so long.



Richie Bags has set an example to what an establishment can do to promote eco-friendly environment on our lonely planet through manufacturing and marketing bio-degradable products for our daily use. It is only through their relentless efforts that our future generation can breathe air that is not polluted by millions of tons of plastic waste covering our land and sea.

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