Jerusalem art students tried their luck recently at weaning Israelis off their addiction to plastic bags at the city’s Machane Yehuda market.Green Prophet recently reported on ‘Plastic for Free’ phenomenon of nylon-binging in Israeli shops, so it’s welcome news that their new shopping bags are not only eco-friendly (made from cloth instead of plastic), they’re cheap (1 shekel each) and stylish too (courtesy of students from the nearby Bezalel Academy of Art and Design).Reporting on them for the Jerusalem Post I recounted an all-too familiar shopping experience in Israel:
“Don’t worry, it’s only a plastic bag,” a fellow shopper at Mahaneh Yehuda market told me when I declined the offer of a free plastic bag to carry home my groceries.
The students’ antidote to nylon-addiction comes in the shape of the woolen sakita. Alas, their limited-edition bags were all snapped up in one day, but the idea behind them is long-term: there is an alternative to plastic bags (or if you can’t resist them, then at least re-use them). And in case you were wondering why this matters, Israelis use five billion plastic bags each year which, if they don’t end up in landfill sites, litter open spaces and kill wildlife that swallow them.
Photo: Michael Green.