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furoshiki by Mind Map: furoshiki
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furoshiki

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Furoshiki

cost

cost of paper or plastic

purchase cost, plastic T sack, $20-$30 per 1000, craft paper, $18 - 40 per 500, http://www.uline.com/Browse_Listing_5504.asp?desc=Grocery+Merchandise+Bags

enviromental cost

cost per use (rare in USA) $.02

cost of reusable bag

purchase cost, $7 - $40, http://www.reusablebags.com/store/shopping-bags-c-2.html, $9, http://www.notamall.com/Store/product.php?productid=99&cat=18&page=1, $5, http://chicobag.com/, prices fallen to $1.50 - $2 at many locations, branded bags in particular, whole foods

refund for use?, $.02 most common, as high as $.10 at whole foods

barriers to use

initial cost

rebate?

rental

re cost if I loose it, Hal has been hauling groceries in the same canvas bag for 15 years! though I've also lost/abandoned 4 others and just have my favorite., anecdotal my friends into cool bags seem to loose replace their bags 3 times a year.

need to remember to bring it

have to carry it around

forget it

keep it in car, have to take it back out to car

have to be vigilant to get cash wrap to use it rather than giving new bags

baggers like familiar bags for speed

standard plastic bags fit on "loaders"

hard plastics easier to load but bigger to carry

need to keep it clean

cloth easy to wash

plastics (re-usable) easy to wipe down

Is the bag high end enough to use for clothes/electronics etc.

planed Re-use

dog poop, $.035 green alternatives, http://www.ecoanimal.com/poopbags.html

as trash bags

incentives for use

ergonomics

strap to sling over arm or backpack

padded or wood handles

built to stand up when put down

built to keep contents (food) from tipping

several bags in one hand?

with wheels

enviromentalism

fashion

geek hip, http://www.makezine.com/blog/archive/2006/11/how_to_use_furo.html, http://lifehacker.com/software/environment/wrap-and-carry-items-with-a-furoshiki-220449.php, http://www.craftzine.com/blog/archive/2007/03/fashionincubator_contest_redes.html?CMP=OTC-5JF307375954

chic hip, famous brand? (e.g. DKNY), plastic bags are rather dull, custom saying (like t-shirts), popular bags, chicobags (sold @ food coops), http://chicobag.com, EZ bag (sold @ whole foods), Riesenthel (sold @ container store), http://reusablebags.com/, includes "info" on bag waste, not much on sources for "info", search for "totes" for stylish varieties

environmentalism is cool

medium to high end clothing using cloth bags now, are we a culture of consumers who will never say no: and always take another cloth bag?, do high end shoppers use bring your own cloth bags

economics

long term environmental cost?

rebate for use, or charge for plastic use, common to charge for bags in Ireland and England (others?), like a coupon or saver card produces loyalty marketing

integrate club card discounts into bags, Bar code or RFID swipe, track how many plastic bags you saved, track how much $ you saved from bag discounts, Extra few Cents discount per use until bag cost paid off

quotes from friends

I can’t think of any barrier to using reusable bags. They are incredibly light, compact, sturdy and easily washable in the washing machine.

They actually look good – because green is the only acceptable fashion at this point.

They come in a whole range of fancy colors, and can be folded into tiny pouches, with can fit in even the smallest of pocketbooks.

Ireland PlasTax

$.15 per plastic bag consumer tax

Materials

Attributes

Washable

Waterproof

Lightweight

Highly compressible

Distinctive Design(s) and Color(s), cool fasionabl, easy to identify as mine, by me, by my friends, by strangers if I put in a contact info

Dirt-repellent

Breathable

Types

Gore-Tex

modern polyester blends

microfibers

Suppliers, http://www.fashiondex.com/silver/fabric/hit0.php

recycled materials (whole foods bags from plastic bottles) Extra green?