Why such a high price compared to other supermarket green bags?
BANG consortium’s jute shopping products focus on the added value to their customers of a fair trade and truly environmental alternative to current reusable checkout bag solutions at a price that takes them out of the ‘disposable’ category. At current prices the polypropylene bags have helped change consumer habits in reusing their shopping bags, but, their low price has made them a disposable commodity, which is not ideal in a product which does not biodegrade and is not currently recycled.

BANG consortium’s shopping products offer a more ecologically friendly solution, with consumers being offered a fully biodegradable alternative.

Jute fabric is woven, which naturally makes it more expensive than polypropylene, which is a non-woven mesh of synthetic fibres glued together.  Our real green bags are manufactured in a fair trade environment where the workers are guaranteed a living wage (rather than a minimum wage), and the price that we pay our NGO supplier includes a premium which helps supports BRAC’s health, education and social welfare programs which enhance the lives of 100 million Bangladeshis (70% of the population).

Most importantly, the more bags we sell, the more sustainable employment is generated where it is needed the most. While many fair trade goods sold in Australia are produced in small quantities by small communities, and may retail at prices which are beyond the means of ordinary Australians, BANG consortium wanted to design products at a range of different price points which were accessible to most Australians.  Shopping with a conscience should not be limited to the few who can afford to do so, and in this way, BANG consortium is hoping to make fair trade affordable for as many people as possible.