Up-cycling single-use plastic bags into fun, quirky yet practical bag designs, Bag It Again Creations utilizes their recycled materials in a unique way to create low-impact and fun creations. Meet designer Carole-Anne as she tells us more about her brand.
How did your brand begin?
I had some feed bags from my chickens that were heavy plastic. I didn't want to just through them out, so I did some searching online to find out what I could do with them. At first, I could only find reusable grocery bag ideas. Then I had my own thought that maybe I could make some backpacks or purses out of them. This has expanded to include using one-time-use plastic bags, and snack bags also!
Values are really important to us at JewelStreet. What are your core brand values?
I strongly believe that we need to take care of the environment around us. Reducing the amount of garbage we throw away, and re-using everything we can is very important.
Where do you draw inspiration from for your designs?
I like to be creative. I draw from the colours that I have in my material.
How do you ensure your designs are ethical and sustainable?
I use lots of recycled material in my products. The outer shells of all my bags are recycled.
How are your products made?
I laminate one-time-use bags together to get a strong material for my bags. I also reuse clear bags to help strengthen chip bags. The patterns are then cut and sewn together.
Are there any specific manufacturing/crafting techniques you use?
I laminate together the one-time-use bags. I use a low-heat iron to stick together the bags.
How do you source your materials?
I collect bags from friends and family members. I also make sure they save their snack bags for me.
How do you want someone to feel when they wear/use your designs?
If you hadn't become a designer, what would you be doing?
I am currently a piano and singing teacher. I will continue to teach, as well as design and create.
What music do you play in the studio whilst you’re working?
Classical music, opera, piano music, Brahms and Mozart.
What's the best piece of advice you've been given?
The best advice is from the way my parents have lived their lives. No matter what happens, keep moving forward. Don't stop, just because there is a roadblock. Find a way around it, or find a different path.
How do your brand values align with those of JewelStreet?
I am carefully creating exciting and new products that are environmentally friendly. They are handmade with care. Each piece is unique, using recycled plastic, making them one of a kind. I love seeing the finished products, and am excited when someone purchases one for themselves or for someone they love.
If you could only wear one piece from your collection, what would it be and why?
A rainbow-coloured messenger bag. I have one and use it all the time. I Love it so much and get lots of comments on it too.
Thank you for talking with us Carole-Ann!