BAGS OF ETHICS
Established in 2007 The Bags of EthicsTM label and trademark was introduced to set a standard for ethical manufacture. The label ensures that your bag has been produced in an ethical and environmentally friendly factory. Bags of EthicsTM works in partnership with Supreme Creations, the world’s largest ethical manufacturer of reusable bags. Together with Supreme Creations we have worked with over 50,000 global clients like Topshop, Tesco, River Island, Nike and Google. Bags of EthicsTM continues to be a recognisable label promoting safer factory conditions, worker rights, pay and employment policies for those along the supply chain. Our bags are made out of eco-friendly materials, and our bags can be reused 5,000+ times.
When the Courtauld Commitment was launched in July 2005 to reduce packaging, over 90% of the UK grocery market signed up to cut the environmental impact of carrier bags. The Bags of Ethics mark was developed as a standard to guarantee that environmentally friendly bags are manufactured in a sustainable and ethical way.
During 2007 high profile criticism of environmentally friendly supermarket bags focused on claims of cheap labour and unethical manufacture. Clearly environmental and ethical values are positioned close together in people’s minds and increasingly manufacturers of reusable and sustainable products are being asked about their ethics.
In 2015 we won support from many media outlets when the 5p bag levy was introduced in the UK across both large and independent retailers. The 5p bag levy aligns with the Bags of Ethics principle to cut down on plastic bag usage which has an effect on manufacturing waste, resources and environmental pollution.
REPLACE single-use carrier bags with well-designed, reusable, eco-friendly and ethically-manufactured alternatives.
REMIND ourselves of the importance of helping the environment. Every time we reuse a bag, we are doing our little bit to reduce waste.
REWARD those who are performing good social-deeds, be they consumers or charities.
The Bags of Ethics label ensures your bag was produced in an ethical and environmentally friendly factory. Standards for manufactures that carry the Bags of Ethics label stipulate that they must comply with our strict criteria.
All products carrying the Bags of Ethics mark must meet standards developed and set by our certification committee. The products with the Bags of EthicsTM mark or label undergo stringent checks in terms of strength testing and colour testing, so that the product is useful and durable for the consumer.
Certified factories must meet all the standards for which they are audited and the standard are regularly reviewed by the standards committee. We use cotton that is spun, and woven in audited conditions. The inks used to print the bags are REACH compliant, and comply with stringent European standards, on preventing harmful effluents into the environment.
Standards for manufacturers that carry the Bags of Ethics label stipulate that they must comply with the criteria set out in our policy document. Click here to view our full policy.