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90/977 Shoppin bag, 'Jute not Plastic', natural, jute, CORR - The Jute Works, Bangladesh, 1989-1990. Click to enlarge.

'Jute not Plastic' shopping bag by CORR - The Jute Works

Made
As Australians became aware that the use and disposal of millions of plastic bags each year has severe environmental consequences, some people returned to using sturdy shopping bags made of natural materials, which had been the norm for generations. This created a market for poor Bangladeshi women to sell jute shopping bags like this one to rich Australians.

Such bags were later largely superseded by sturdy bags made of polypropylene. These bags are often green in colour to suggest that they …

Summary

Object No.

90/977

Object Statement

Shoppin bag, 'Jute not Plastic', natural, jute, CORR - The Jute Works, Bangladesh, 1989-1990

Physical Description

Bag, shopping, jute, CORR - The Jute Works, Bangladesh, 1989-1990

This large rectangular carry bag is made of woven undyed jute. It is gusseted at the sides and two short woven jute handles are attached at centre top. On one side, the words JUTE NOT PLASTIC have been stencilled inside an ellipse using olive green ink or paint.

Dimensions

Width

199 mm

Production

Notes

A swing tag that was attached to the bag bears the following words: 'Hand made for you by a village woman in Bangladesh, a very beautiful but economically poor Asian country, from a network of cooperative-like village groups for justice and self-help, through CORR - THE JUTE WORKS, a non-profit Women's Handicraft Marketing Trust.'

This Trust was set up by the Roman Catholic Church in 1973 to provide training, work and incomes for war widows and other women impoverished by war. CORR stands for Christian Organization for Relief and Rehabilitation, and the acronym has been retained by The Jute Works even though CORR was renamed Caritas in 1976. The Trust is accredited by the World Fair Trade Organization.

History

Notes

The bag was purchased by the donor from an Australian Conservation Foundation stall at Balmain in 1990 and was used for its intended purpose for a short time.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of John Baylis, 1990

Acquisition Date

26 October 1990

Cite this Object

Harvard

'Jute not Plastic' shopping bag by CORR - The Jute Works 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 January 2022, <https://ma.as/111039>

Wikipedia

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