Single-use plastic

We all have a duty to protect our environment. One of the significant steps you can take to avoid damaging our planet even further is to avoid single-use plastic bags and packaging.


What makes plastic bags and packaging particularly menacing is their similarity in appearance to marine life. This means that seals, turtles and dolphins often ingest the bags with catastrophic effects.

Plastics never degrade – they break into microplastics and can get ingested by wildlife than can cause devastating damage to them. Having undertaken an in-depth study, Plymouth University discovered that a third of the fish caught in the UK contained plastic remnants. David Attenborough’s programme for the BBC’s Blue Planet 2 series triggered a global awareness campaign about the dangers of single use plastic and the harm that it causes to our oceans, beaches, and wildlife in the water, land, and seas.

Using a reusable bag and therefore avoiding plastic is an easy and effective step you can take. All bags with the Bags of Ethics label are highly reusable and are often 100% biodegradable.

Materials and inks
  • Organic cotton : Global Organic Textile Standard certified (GOTS) – the Bags of EthicsTM accredited supplier is GOTS certified. Organic cotton means that that the cotton farmers are not using pesticides which contain nitrates.
  • Non-toxic inks : The Bags of Ethics bags are manufactured using REACH compliant inks as per European Union regulations. REACH is a regulation of the European Union adopted to improve the protection of human health, and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals. It also promotes alternative methods for the hazard assessment of substances in order to reduce the number of tests on animals.
  • New materials : Our environmental teams are constantly looking into new materials which are considered sustainable on a variety of metrics. Right now there is a focus on innovations in 100% biodegradable materials, and recycled materials.