my new bag…

17 Oct

Now I’m an East London girl but I work part-time in West London and if I could, I would have a flat there as well! Recently, there has been a bit of buzz about a local project – the Notting Hill shopping bag. We stock them where I work and this weekend the bags have done phenomenally well! The bumpf from the official blog/website reads…

“The Notting Hill Shopping Bag is a cotton bag sold for £4 by shops and stalls across Notting Hill and Portobello Road Market. It features images designed by local schoolchildren and celebrities who live in, or love, Notting Hill.

The aims are to reduce plastic bag use in Notting Hill, to support local charities to whom 10 per cent of profits are donated, to promote Notting Hill and Portobello Road Market as a shopping destination and to boost income for stallholders and shopkeepers.”

A bag that gives back to the local community? Yes please!! One side of the bag looks like this…

the Notting Hill shopping bag.

But that isn’t all there is to it! On the other side is an image drawn by a local resident. The first bag was designed by a local schoolgirl, 11 year old Kemi from Colville Primary School. The second bag has been designed by someone with a bit more “star power” and that is songstress and Notting Hill resident, Natalie Imbruglia.

Cupcakes in Notting Hill by Natalie Imbruglia

Who doesn’t love cupcakes? My whole family are cupcake fanatics so what a perfect gift it makes! (Yes, I have bought some, all at full price. I don’t expect freebies or discounts to promote something like a lot of people do. And they’re £4! It’s not exactly expensive is it!?!?!)

Natasha, who runs the whole operation, is amazing! I can’t wait to see the next design in the series! All the bags are limited runs too and as well as being available in retail shops, such as The Travel Bookshop (you can buy them online there too), they are also available at the market stalls on Portobello Road! So, instead of using plastic to carry your fruit and veg in, you can walk away with a stylish and re-usable bag that you know is giving back and will continue to do so!

You can follow the Notting Hill shopping bag project tweets @NottingHillBag and also follow the blog (link above). Another lovely blogger, the Notting Hill Girl, also blogged about them today. Go and read her review of them and check out her blog (it’s lovely and fashion-y!!). So what are you waiting for? Go get yours now!

I have another good cause blog post this week. All I will say is that it involves my mum. Until then!

xx Crafty Love from a Crafty Fox xx

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One Response to “my new bag…”

  1. Notting Hill Girl October 17, 2010 at 8:19 pm #

    Thank you so much for the mention. It’s strange how worlds collide in this area! NHG x

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