One of our regular customers, Claire Mackaness, approached us earlier this year with an idea she wanted to submit to the ‘Brentwood Share‘ fund. When she explained the not-for-profit Brentwood Bag Project concept to us, there was no doubt we wanted to be involved.
Brentwood Council has provided Claire with enough money to train 10 local community groups to sew re-usable tote bags from donated recycled fabric. The ‘Brentwood Bags‘ are then sold through independent shops (like us!) for £2.50. The shops make no profit: all proceeds are split between the bag making groups and the Project fund itself to keep it sustainable. Our main benefit is a bit of increased footfall, the chance to attach one of our business cards to the bag, and the ‘feel good’ factor of knowing we’re supporting a local recycling initiative.
The bags we’ve ‘hosted’ have been flying out the door. As soon as we receive a supply of them, they’re gone within a day or two. And the quality of fabrics has been amazing…as a sewing and craft shop, we have a bit of an appreciation for this kind of thing, y’know.
We’re really happy to be one of the first shops in Brentwood to be selling the bags and look forward to seeing all the totes yet to come…