May 11, 2007, - 12:18 pm

“Environmentalism” = Elitism: Gazillion Dollar Totes Replace Plastic Bags

By Debbie Schlussel
Well, well, well. Yet another sign that environmentalist preaching is the sole domain of hypocritical elitists.
Remember how San Francisco banned plastic bags for grocery stores and supermarkets? AP reports that haute couture designers have filled the “void.”
Arm-and-a-leg-priced designers Hermes, Stella McCartney, and Consuelo Castiglioni of Marni are offering “reusable shopping bags” for between $500 and $1,000 apiece:

The bags give shoppers an alternative to paper or plastic without sacrificing style.
The Silky Pop Hermes bag, which will go on sale in the U.S. this summer, has a price tag of $960. Made of hand-wrought silk, it collapses into a wallet-size pouch of calfskin.

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Castiglioni’s foldable nylon bag retails for $843. The Stella McCartney organic canvas shopper sells for $495. . . .
While the designer bags are eye-catching, cheaper totes also are grabbing attention.
Trader Joe’s sells a $1.99 bright blue-and-green print polypropylene sack.

Um, stupid question: Since when is polypropylene biodegradable/recyclable? It’s just a thicker form of plastic bag, a nicer name for a vinyl purse from Target.

And the “I’m Not a Plastic Bag” by British handbag designer Anya Hindmarch goes for $15, though it has fetched 10 times that much on eBay.
This month’s Vogue magazine urges fashionistas to become more bag-smart: “No loitering, girls,” says contributing editor Sarah Mower. “Today, let us go out and harness the power of fashion to change the way the nation shops.”

Insert finger down throat, now.

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3 Responses

If these fanatic environmentalists are gungo about keeping our planet safe and green as they claim (ha!), they may want to prove it by begining to shut their big mouths thats letting out all the toxic fumes of the global warming myth. If they also think pollution attributes to to the over population of people, then they should start considering the deportation of the mass illegal immigrants. They think the only way they can preserve our environment is by doing away with plastic bags. But why plastic bags over paper bags? Paper is derived from wood which is made by trees. Apparently, they are not so concerned about the excess amount of trees thats constantly being chopped down and reduced to paper( Not to mention the exorbitant amount of heat being generated into the process of knocking down the trees). Perhaps they will put a ban on the use of money,books, furniture etc. if they keep up with this insane rubbish keeps up.

Jew Chick on May 11, 2007 at 2:00 pm

My wife decided to make her own totes that hold considerably more weight and volume than cheap plastic. Why? One day last year a plastic bag containing a gallon of milk split down the side and released it’s contents onto the floor. The plastic jug ruptured and the milk went everywhere.
Since then she saves the tiny bit of money from not using the grocery plastic and recieves compliments from shoppers and the store cashiers.
Enviromentaldefectives be damned, they work great which is the reason for the new tote. F#*&^ the green people.

warpmine on May 12, 2007 at 11:15 pm

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