I am a big believer in not using plastic carrier bags whenever possible and I have a large collection of reusable bags which I always try and remember to take with me to the supermarket as the amount of waste with plastic bags is scandalous.
I have loads of them including this one from The Body Shop which was a special edition one to celebrate all things British in 2012.
I consider myself to be fairly patriotic but I am not normally so quick to wear something that is quite so obvious as this but when I bought it all things British were all the rage and everyone was sporting things with the union jack on them.
The union jack stands proudly on the bag and it looks really nice and stands out a lot against the norm of just brown ethical bags.
It is made from cotton and is very lightweight which is good as you don't want anything that starts of heavy before you have even put your purchases in it.
This is much more suited to lighter items however because it is very lightweight and the handles aren't the strongest. I wouldn't use this to go to the supermarket and fill with tins because I just don't think it is strong enough for that and I would be scared the handles would rip off.
The bag is roomy inside and the handles are a good size for carrying either in your hand or else they are large enough to slip onto your shoulder for carrying if it is getting a bit heavy.
This wasn't very expensive and I think I paid under 5 for it. Now that might not be a lot of money but it is for a bag for life and the only reason this one was more expensive than normal is because of the union jack and the whole British fever of 2012. I didn't mind paying it because I liked the design and the Body Shop do good bags for life. The bag is looking a little frayed now however and I don't think it will last much longer but this is expected even given the name as bags of this type don't last much longer than a couple of years especially if you use it often as they usually end up with snapped handles at least in my experience.
I haven't regretted buying the bag. It isn't as practical as some as it is a bit too lightweight for using at the supermarket but it looks good and makes me feel like I am doing something positive for the environment instead of just buying more plastic bags.
I am a firm believer in making sure that I do my bit for the environment which means that I recycle everything that I can and do little things like always making sure that I take my own bags with me to the supermarket instead of getting their plastic bags.
This bag for life is my of my favourite of reusable shopping bags and because it is so nice I actually have used it loads of times in place of a hand bag when I know I am going into town and might also be buying some things.
It is from the Body Shop and was a limited edition celebrating all things cool Britania during 2012. The bag is made from 100% cotton and is made to such a high standard which you would expect as it was more expensive than other reusable bags that some shops sell.
It was £4 which although is expensive for a reusable bag for this one I think it was actually less than what I would have paid. It doesn't even look like the normal reusable bags and is more something that you could easily use in place of a hand bag if you wanted.
The union jack pattern is really striking and it is done in such a way that it looks modern and contemporary. If not for the little Body Shop branding on it you wouldn't even know it came from there and might be mistaken for thinking that it was something more expensive.
The bag is really spacious and I can fit loads into it when I use it. I can fit all the usual items such as my purse, mobile and make-up in it and then still have plenty of room inside for any shopping I might buy. I never take this one to the supermarket with me only because I don't want it getting damaged as although it is strong and well made it is still cotton and I don't want to weigh it down and rip the handles with heavy items such as tins and things as I really think this particular bag is more intended for taking shopping in town and taking it into shops such as the Body Shop or Boot's for smaller and less bulky purchases.
If you can get your hands on one of these bags then you should definitely get one as they are great. They look fantastic and are roomy and it is much better for the environment to use something like this in place of a plastic bag.
I love bags for life and I especially like when they are actually fashionable as well as I have a few and I use them a lot of the time when I am in town in place of a hand bag.
The Body Shop did a Cool Britannia bag for life last year in celebration of the Olympics/Royal wedding etc. and when I saw it I had to have it as it was very funky.
The bag is made from cotton but it is so much better quality than the usual cotton bags that I get from the supermarket and just doesn't seem so flimsy. The sides are more structured and it is also stitched together really well and I wouldn't be scared to put more than a couple of tins in this in case the handles snapped off like with some other cotton bags I own. Not that I would dream of using this for grocery shopping as it is far too nice for that.
It can be stored away so easily as it can be folded or rolled in to practically nothing and put away in a drawer with no damage to the bag though I do like to store mine flat so it doesn't start to look all crumpled and tatty.
The bag can fit loads in and on occasion I have went to town with it and stuffed it full with my purse, mobile phone, keys and even a lightweight jacket and still had loads of room to put in my Body Shop or Lush purchases. It is much roomier than it looks on first glance.
The bag is just brilliant quality but what really makes it stand out from all the other cotton bags is the pattern on it. The Union Jack pattern is just so cool and funky and really makes the bag stand out when I am carrying it. The colours on it are all really vibrant and the design is just great and not tacky as some other Union Jack designs can be. It really does look great and even the Body Shop logo is discrete enough that it doesn't look out of place next to the design of the Union Jack.
I only paid around about £4 for this and I think that was an absolute bargain. These sold out pretty quickly in my local Body Shop and I'm not surprised in the slightest because it is such a good bag for the money. My sister was really upset when she saw my bag and realised that they were no longer available. They can still be picked up on ebay for next to nothing and I would highly recommend it.
As you may have noticed from my dooyoo reviews, I'm a regular consumer of Body Shop products. However, this is the first time I have ever bought non-cosmetic products from Body Shop. It all started when I misplaced my old shopper bag and I was direly in need of a shopper to put all my books/assignments for university. I was in town, holding a stack of stapled A4 assignments whilst browsing Body Shop for their famous body butters, and that's when I saw this Union Jack shopper bag. At the time, I was physically tired of lugging all my assignments around town and doing my shopping at the same time. So, I bought the bag for make my life a lot easier and I have to say I am very pleased with my purchase.
For a price tag of £4.00, I admit it is more expensive compared to some of the shoppers being sold on high street. However, Body Shop does deliver the quality and durability for what it is worth. The shopper is made of cotton; it is very lightweight and easily foldable. It is very practical for me, a university student, because there's one less hassle of carrying an empty bag around the campus once I have handed in my assignments.
The width and height of the shopper is perfect for putting A4 size folders/papers in. The bag is quite deceptive in a sense that I can fit a lot more than I thought I would be able to, just by looking at the bag. The handle is a good length; however, I'm a short person (about 5'2.5''), so if I hold shoppers like a shopping bag in my hand, they tend to drag along the floor/pavement.
As for the design, the graffiti-esque take on the Union Jack pattern is very likeable. The matt blue and bold maroon-like red brings out colours from the cotton material. It has a bold Body Shop logo in the right-hand, bottom corner. Compared to some of the washed-out, cotton shopper designs, this is a big improvement and I have no qualms in using this shopper as a fashion accessory if the outfit calls for it.
Another good point of this product is that it is very easy to wash the bag. Once, I put my improperly closed yazoo chocolate milkshakes in the shopper together. Safe to say it is one of my idiotic moments; luckily for me, my works are in plastic A4 folders and the shopper is washable. I must admit that I was a bit lazy and put this in a washing machine together with tea towels. It came out clean with no fading of colours (after one wash). I haven't done repeated washing, so I cannot say how the durability of colours would fare long term.
Overall, I am pleased with the purchase. It is started to get a bit worn out from carrying my pile of books/assignments to and fro from university. It has good durability for the purpose of this bag. You'll probably be able to get a shopper at a lower price elsewhere; but if you'd like to bring the Brit side out when going shopping, this is a good bag to go for.
Thank you for reading and rating. :) x
=The Body Shop Cool Brit Bag For Life=
The Body Shop Cool Brit Bag For Life
After being caught out a couple of times in Wales with the 5p charge, I made an effort to keep some shopping bags in the car and carry a couple of the fold up reuseable bags in my handbag, I love ones with designs on, why have plain and boring when you can have fun.
I purchased this bag when I was in Wales, on holiday, chucked my purse in my pocket, as I wasn't going shopping, but ended up just popping into The Body Shop. This was May last year, when the whole of the UK was in celebrations.
I confess that I the bag was £4, but as my love your body loyalty card was due to have stamp no 4, means £5 free gift, that with this and lip balm, I had £5 discount, so the bag was effectively free.
The bag is made from cotton, it is lightweight and soft to the touch, and folds up great in any handbag, pocket or inside another bag. The handles of the bag are also made from cotton, and I have to say that I was impressed wit the handles as you can slip the bag on your shoulders, or carry it at arms length which is a personal choice.
The design is that of a Union Jack flag and this is repeated on both sides of the bag, the flag is at an angle, and on the bag there is also The Body Shop Logo in the bottom corner of the bag. The colours are bright, very in keeping with the Union jack the deep red, the royal blue and white is white, but this is a shiny white. The base of the bag is a deep off white/cream colour, and the handles have the red that contrasts well with the bag, as it is the red that matches from the flag.
=Using the bag=
I love this bag, it is really roomy, it can hold a lot of shopping, or books, or swimwear and a towel. If I put swimwear, I always line the bag with a carrier bag. The bag comes everywhere with me, it is really worth £4, the seams are strong, the quality of the bag is really good.
I have had to wash the bag a few times, and I just wash it in the sink, drip dry and it looks as good as new. If I had of known exactly how much use and how good this bag was I would have brought a 2nd or even 3rd bag, but alas I was lucky to get the one, they were literally flying out of the shop.
A 10/10 from me
I'm not a huge user of Body Shop products these days, simply due to the fact that in recent years their prices seem to have soared and with three cosmetic-using females in the house it's just not viable to keep our bathrooms stocked with their lovely goodies. Now and again however I receive an excellent voucher code from a friend and then stock up on bits and pieces for myself, which is how I came to receive this cute Union Jack shopping bag - I didn't order it but it arrived in my parcel, maybe a mistake or maybe a freebie.
I don't really use this kind of shopping bag although have dozens of the things stuffed in various drawers and hanging up around the house, but only tend to use them occasionally for transporting stuff over to mum's house or if one of the kids needs to take an extra bag to school for whatever reason. I do love the design of this one though, more than any of my other fabric shopping bags - not just the Union Jack (which is uber cool) but the fact that the bag has 'sides' rather than being a floppy bag-shape with floppier handles. This one is still absolutely scrunchable if you have to store yours in your handbag or whatever, but once opened out there's a good structure to the bag which becomes more accentuated as you start to put things in it.
I can't measure it at this moment as Hollie has nabbed it to take some of her Christmas presents in to school to show her teacher, but a good indication of the size is to tell you that my oldest daughter took her coursework to college in this bag just before the Christmas break and managed to fit no less than five A4 folders (each containing reams of paperwork) in as well as her purse and a few miscellaneous 'bits'. As the bag doesn't have any kind of closure I wouldn't actually recommend using it to carry your purse or anything valuable, but I suppose this is down to how well you feel able to protect whatever you decide to carry in your bag. The top doesn't open particularly wide so you can cover a good portion with your arm if you're carrying it over your shoulder, but a lost purse incident last Christmas has put me right on guard when I have anything of value with me.
Considering this is your usual flimsy cotton shopping bag, it's considerably stronger than others I've used. I wouldn't suggest you try to carry a dozen tins of beans in it but the seams and handle joins are all stitched tight and feel strong at all times, the overall quality of the bag is excellent and I have never worried that it's going to tear or stretch. The handles in particular impress me as they haven't lengthened at all in spite of the fact that I often carry heavier loads than I should in the bag, they feel more rigid than the handles on other bags of this style and are thick enough to be comfortable on my shoulder even if the bag is heavy - unlike a bag I was given at the Baby Show last year which felt like it was slowly slicing my shoulder open as I carried it due to the handles being so thin!
The Union Jack design is done superbly; it's repeated on both sides with a small Body Shop logo, the design is graffiti-style which I prefer to bold blocks of colour - don't get me wrong, this is about as bold as a cotton shopping bag comes, but the shading takes the vividness off a little and makes it more suitable for daily use. You could jazz it up with some badges but really it doesn't need any embellishment and stands out as a statement bag even in its naked state. The bag is machine washable and I've successfully washed it on a forty degree wash at least five times now due to the interior being white and showing up the dirt, it comes out of the washing machine very creased but dries nicely over the radiator and then you can just use it and wait for the creases to drop out (as I do) or iron it (as I definitely don't). Initially I was a bit worried about the incredibly bright red handles, stressing that they'd mark my coat if I was carrying it in bad weather - nothing untoward has happened however and even when I popped it accidentally into the washing machine with a white school shirt no dye came out of the bag to stain the shirt, pretty impressive really as the bag looks to be very heavily dyed.
Just lately I've been using it when we pop out for a few hours as it makes a nice little changing bag for my son now he's big enough not to need tonnes of stuff bringing with us. A few nappies, wipes, snacks and toys will fit nicely into the bag and the handles are a perfect length for draping over the handle of his pushchair - obviously it's not really suitable if you're still at the stage of transporting baby bottles as they'll just fall over in the bag, but for older babies and toddlers it's ideal and saves the hassle of using a huge changing bag which is usually half empty anyway!
It's not really a 'Bag for Life', as the Body Shop don't replace it when it wears out as the supermarkets do. Despite the fact that it's such good quality it's still very much a cheap cotton bag which we've been using it for around three months now and I'm guesstimating we'll probably get roughly the same again out of it again - this is longer than other bags of this type, but I'm really talking irregular light usage here so if you were to use it every day the bag obviously wouldn't have such a good lifespan. For £4 I suppose you can't moan however, and although bags like this usually cost half that price I honestly don't mind the mark-up on this one as the quality is there and the design is superb.
I can never resist picking up the cheap reusable shopper bags from various shops, and so when I spotted this Cool Britannia Union Jack bag in The Body Shop I picked up a couple, one for me and one for my sister.
I bought this a few months ago at the height of Union Jack mania; what with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, Wimbledon, and then the Olympics and the Paralympics, this turned out to be a really useful and patriotic purchase. In fact I was actually surprised that The Body Shop actually had any left, as Union Jack items were flying off the shelves like hot cakes at the time, and this happened to be the bargain price of just £4.
This is a cotton reusable bag, and it's a very soft, thin and lightweight cotton material. It easily folds up or rolls up, and takes up no space whatsoever if you are popping it inside another bag to use later on at the supermarket. It's decorated with a Union Jack flag on both sides of the bag, the Union Jack is set at a jaunty angle, and then it has The Body Shop logo in the bottom corner. The colours on this bag are really bright and vibrant; it's a deep bright red, and a lovely royal blue, and then the white is a slightly off white. The long handles on the bag are in the deep bright red, and the sides and the base of the bag are in the slightly off white.
This is a really quite a large and roomy bag, and will hold loads of stuff, much more than you think it will. I've had loads of use out of this; I've used it for supermarket shopping, for carrying folders books and my laptop for work, and for staying over at a friends house and taking a change of clothes pjs and toiletries with me. The bag is much more hardwearing and durable than it actually looks, because the bag is made from such a soft and thin cotton then it doesn't appear to be very strong but I can testify that it absolutely is. This has lasted really well, I've stuffed it full to bursting on many occasions, and it still looks as good as new. The seams haven't split or frayed, the handles haven't come away at all.
This is really a shoulder bag as the handles are really quite long on this, well they are on me as I'm a little shorty! The handles are in the same soft cotton material as the rest of the bag so they don't cut into my shoulder no matter how full I have my bag. I did worry initially that the red dye on the handles may transfer onto my clothes, but it hasn't. I've even been caught in the rain and the dye still hasn't transferred off or ran at all, on either the handles or the Union Jack itself.
I'm really pleased with this bag, it's very patriotic, yet in a funky way, and it's really good quality. I really like that it's such a soft and lightweight fabric as I think that this makes it look and feel much more expensive than it actually was. I'd definitely recommend this, and I'd certainly pick up another from The Body Shop if I saw another design that I liked.