It’s all about that bag…

Over the past couple of days a £5-bag (??!) seems to enrage the newspaper columnists, commentators and even readers’ comments: The “I’m not a plastic bag“-bag by Anya Hindmarch. OK, its a fashion accessory, ok, seems mad to me that some people would get up in the middle of the night to buy a bag for £5 (but then I don’t usually carry handbags), and yeah – I understand that really, the bag is all about saving the environment. Well, let’s just say it’s about using less plastic bags when shopping.

This all seems to be excellent news: But somehow the brigade of the über-moralisers seems to have taken over the vox populi. This tends to go along the lines of:” Its ever so wrong to buy this bag (especially for an inflated £100 on eBay). It’s all about saving the planet and not about fashion, and the poor women who have bought the bag are just sad fashion victims who don’t care about the environment. Oh please, stop having fun and spend your day thinking how to reduce your carbon foot print”. Dear columnists, dear readers who wrote comments like this, – and especially dear “saviour of the world” who started an argument with the woman on the Jubilee line with such a bag on my way home today – here is my suggestion for you: “Get a life!”.

Surely, we should support and encourage behaviour that brings us closer to a better society, rather than lecture those who do a step in the right direction and tell them off for not being green enough, socially-conscious or whatever is the flavour of the day. This kind of patronising behaviour is exactly the kind of behaviour that often prevents many people from doing the first step in the right direction: be it in terms of reducing plastic bags, wasting less energy, taking regular exercise or eating healthy. If only those people that like to show off just how amazingly über-human they by lecturing everyone else on how to live a perfect live would understand that point, a lot more people would actually do things just a little bit greener, switch off the lights more often or eat healthier (at least sometimes).
And sorry for lecturing you, dear über-moralisers!

Photo Credit: melctid.

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