BEAMS Scraps Vinyl Shopping Bags For Sustainable and Environmentally-Friendly Alternative

30.April.2021 | FASHION

BEAMS Japan will begin selling cotton shopping bags starting on May 1, scrapping the vinyl shopping bags it has been using until now in an effort to become a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly brand. Being made from natural cotton means no throwing away of plastic, plus it can be reused for a long time.

The BEAMS vinyl shopping bag has been in circulation since 1986

The new cotton bag being introduced on May 1, 2021

BEAMS-original paper water packs

The iconic BEAMS vinyl shopping bag was first introduced in 1986 and was adored for its convenient draw cord function, durability, and reusability. It became synonymous with BEAMS for etching its mark into the history of Shibu Kaji, or Shibuya’s casual culture. These bags were free to customers and were made down to the finest details just like clothing attire, from the inking to the braiding. Since their release, the bags have never undergone design or shape changes. The only thing that has been changed over the years is the material used for the eyelet where the cord is strung through in order to make it easier to separate. Additionally, part of the raw materials were changed to plant-based in order to reduce the reliance on oil resources.

 

BEAMS, which has been in operation for 45 years now, is now getting involved with the sustainable recovery efforts that have come even more to the forefront of the international stage during the pandemic. Their vinyl bags, of which 390,000 are made every year, will be abolished, and replaced with GOTS-certified organic cotton bags and sold for ¥550 (tax included) to customers who purchase something at BEAMS.

 

BEAMS has been making efforts to reduce since 1999, when it first introduced its scheme to gives shoppers the option to donate ¥100 to the OISCA Children’s Forest Program which “educates school children and communities about the environment through tree planting and other related environmental activities.” In total, it has raised over 30 million yen. With the introducing of the new cotton bags, this scheme will continue, with 10% of all proceeds made from sales of the bags to be donated to the program.



Additionally, BEAMS introduced FSC-certified paper bags to all BEAMS OUTLET and BEAMS GOLD stores in November 2020 and January 2021 respectively. It also released paper water packs in September 2020 which has saved on 60,000 PET bottles every year.

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