In 2005, five busy Sydney mums left behind various professional careers and pooled their talents in order to create a business opportunity that would recognise their joint interests in the environment and in the betterment of women and children in the developing world. In doing so, they established BANG consortium, a fair trade business that reflects the values of sustainability that they wished to nurture in their children.


They realised that the proliferation of supermarket “green” bags, while solving one problem in reducing plastic bag use, was creating another in the public’s increasing dependence on a product made of polypropylene, which neither breaks down in landfill nor is it currently recycled.  They decided there had to be better-looking and more eco-friendly solutions.


BANG consortium created a locally designed range of fair trade shopping, bottle, tote, gift and conference bags in natural jute, the biggest sellers being the “Winnie” circle bags and the “Real Green Bag”, a fully and naturally biodegradable alternative to the “green” supermarket polypropylene reusable shopper.  All their bags can be retailer-branded or co-branded. BANG consortium also has a range of branded promotional and gift bags for companies wishing to show their support for sustainability, and they have supplied bags for Elizabeth Arden, Jurlique, the Dalai Lama in Australia, Country Style Magazine, G Magazine, Greenpages, Wholefoods House, Arterystore.com, Jimmy Possum, and Biodynamic Agriculture Australia to name a few.  Company logos can be applied using any combination of woven labels, double-sided swing tickets, brochures and screen printing, all of which can be organised through the NGO producer in Bangladesh which is a registered fair trade organisation (FTO).  



Established in 2005, BANG consortium has created a thriving, sustainable fair trade business model, aimed at keeping Australia beautiful while helping the developing world.  Our business has been profiled in Sydney’s ‘Sun-Herald’ and Melbourne’s ‘The Age’, and our bags have featured in InsideOUT, Marie Claire, Donna Hay, Real Living, Shop Till You Drop, G Magazine, Australian Gourmet Traveller and Australian Geographic magazines. Their bags are used for product launches, media events and promotional giveaways with a conscience.


The Real Green Bag has won BANG consortium the Keep Australia Beautiful Plastic Bag Reduction Award for NSW (Business category) for 2006.


BANG consortium is a member of the Fair Trade Association of Australia and New Zealand (www.fairtrade.com.au) and our producers are members of IFAT, the international body of fair trade organizations.