Acmebag Bagw Pouch

For your eco-minded artists and crafters, Kathleen at Fashion-Incubator has “another dopey contest”, but this one is an important one. (Pictured above is a nylon shopping bag from reusablebags.com.)

Kathleen writes:

An article from this morning’s New York Times gives me the inspiration for a new design contest, that of recreating the humble reusable grocery bag. I know my contests are dopey and tend toward the functional, perhaps it’s in protest to the public’s over fascination with all things fashion. Despite the name of this blog, our focus is sewn products since those producers are holding up more than half our sky…

Durability concerns aside, how important is styling and color? How important is price? How many bags does the average consumer use on their heaviest shopping day? I’ve been counting our usage over the past couple of weeks since I’m wondering how many we’d need to buy. How important are additional features such as inside pockets? How about inside labels where consumers could note their contact information in the event the bags are lost?

These are some great questions and I’m looking forward to checking out the innovative designs in this exploration. Find out more info on how to enter the redesign contest here. Link.