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Mummy News reviews Footprint Bags
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The 4 pack of reusable shopping bags is absolutely one of the best items I own for shopping with. The fact it is a neat little package, has a trolley token and has four good sized shopping bags is a must for not only the eco friendly shopper but the regular shopper too! No more paying for the better quality bags at the supermarket so that half your shopping doesn't end up sprawled across the car park when the usual carrier bags give out! I have been so thrilled with the footprint bags that I have recommended them to everyone! The price is amazing for the quality and there are even some bargains to be had on the website!

Product Review: Footprint Bags

"Footprint Bags are an ingenious product range created by two environmentally-aware young mums, Hanny and Claire. When Hepden Bridge in Yorkshire, near where they lived, decided to become a plastic bag free town this sparked an idea, and 3 years later a fabulous and practical product – the reusable shopping bag pack. I still get excited at the anticipation that comes with expecting a parcel – especially a product for review. However, this time when the postman knocked with my parcel – a sleek and shiny black jiffy envelope – even my husband was intrigued. Inside the lovely packaging continued – wrapped in black tissue was my new 4 bag footprint bag pack. Smaller than I had anticipated, the pouch is secured with Velcro and contains 4 reusable bags – and the really clever part – a trolley coin attached to the handle so when you are shopping it hangs discreetly off the back of the trolley.

The reason for getting the smaller of the 2 was I was thinking about ‘going in to town’ trip, or to keep in the glove box of the car so when I stop to pick up some essentials on the way home I always have bags. Normally dreading the supermarket I had a lighter than usual step as I set out to road test the bags. Firstly – massively less bulky to carry than the hessian/cotton/plastic bag for life ensemble I usually cart in with me – and just hang neatly off trolley or sit discreetly in corner.

Then came the real test – would they hold enough? In fact they are a great size – larger than a carrier bag – but not so large you can’t then lift them up! The shape is great and very flexible, and the handles are wide and strong. Even the checkout commented on what a great idea and how neat they were. Carrying the bags from the car up the garden path revealed another advantage –the material the bags are made of means that the handles don’t cut into your flesh – even when heavily laden – result! One of the best and most practical products I have used this year – real thumbs up. I just need an 8 pack one now for the weekly shop – 4 just aren’t enough."

Footprint Bag 4 Bag multipack

Footprint Bag takes hold in Cornwall
BlackBirdPie Magazine, Cornwall

"These are a really very good reusable alternative to plastic bags. They are made of tough parachute material with wide handles which are much easier on the hands than plastic bags. This means they are very strong, yet soft. They fold up very small and fit into a handy multi-pack. They come in 4 or 8 bags to a pack. We use them!"

Footprint Bag reviewed
Kitchen Critic

The Kitchen Critic website reviews many products and is well respected. Have a look at the article they wrote about the Footprint Bag product on Kitchen Critic.

 Hassle Free Shopping
Primary Times

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Rants and raves: Finding a range of eco-bags
Cathy Ranson, Uxbridge Gazette

I've changed the recipe a bit after doing some further research on the web - using hot water rather than cold makes it easier to crush the tablets up and a spoonful of honey added to the final mixture is not only good for your skin but it helps it stick to your face a bit better, so you don't end up with flaky bits on your clothes. I received an exciting parcel this week when my new FootprintBag 4-pack arrived - they're these great eco alternatives to plastic bags that you take shopping with you. I already had the eight-pack of strong fabric shoppers; they fold up into a neat package that is easy to keep in the boot of the car and then take with you on a shopping trip. They also have a handle to hang off of the trolley and come complete with a trolley coin. There was only one flaw with the bags - the pack was great for the supermarket but too big to take out when you hit the high street for shopping. I did try keeping a small cotton shopper or plastic bag in my handbag but I only ever managed to use it once as I kept forgetting to put it back into my handbag once I'd emptied out everything I'd bought. Fortunately, the mums that designed the FootprintBag realised there was great demand for a smaller pack and so they've just launched the solution - a four pack of bags. It still has the trolley coin if you are going to do a small supermarket shop and the fact that it's so small and neat means it can go into a handbag or hang off a buggy. Inside are two of the regular tough and roomy shopping bags but there are also two stylish shoulder shopping bags as well! I think these are a great alternative to the plastic bags for life that I seemed to have a growing collection of. They were breeding in my cupboards of late so it's good that my collection will start to dwindle! I like pretty cotton shoppers but you can't really squish them up small enough to fit in your handbag - so this is definitely the answer.

Footprint Bag set to revolutionise shopper's habits

Honley based company set to revolutionise shopper’s habits whilst helping the environment As shoppers become more environmentally aware, the Footprint Bag aims to make life easy at the checkout. The innovative brainchild of Honley residents Claire Peto-cook and Hanny Wadsworth and designed with the environmentally aware shopper in mind, the ‘Footprint Bag’ is a compact, hard-wearing yet stylish alternative to the many reusable shopping bags available on the market today. MD Hanny Wadsworth says that the bags ‘have the potential to decrease the huge volume of plastic bags ending up in landfill or even eliminate them all together!’ As Kirklees works towards becoming ‘plastic bag free’, the Footprint Bag is making a positive contribution to reducing the number of both single use and heavier ‘reusable’ plastic bags in use in Huddersfield and Kirklees. The Footprint Bag is a clever ‘bag within a bag’ system. It has eight reusable bags made from super tough parachute material and therefore the reusable bags last in definitely. The pack hooks neatly on the back of a supermarket trolley, can be dropped open at the checkout point and reusable shopping bags can be pulled out as needed. As the Footprint Bag fits neatly in cars or a handbag, they are not only easy to use once you have reached the supermarket, but also easy to remember, negating the need to purchase more ‘reusable’ plastic bags at the checkout. Customer feedback has been resoundingly positive, ”Since I have got my 8-pack Footprint Bag, I have not once picked up a single plastic bag or had to pay for another reusable bag”. For more information, visit

Pleased to meet …
Huddersfield Magazine by Alison Campbell

Our profile this issue features two local mums who were inspired to set up their business – Footprint Bag – by local towns going plastic bag free. Claire Peto Cook and Hanny Wadsworth were already taking reusable bags for their weekly shop, but were frustrated by the bulkiness of the limited choice of bags available. In the summer of 2007, Claire and Hanny saw the news that the whole town of Hebden Bridge had decided to go plastic bag free. They were talking in Claire’s garden, discussing their wish to be environmentally friendly and the difficulties they encountered. They had already chatted about starting a business together, and the idea for Footprint Bag started to develop from that conversation. According to Claire: “We decided that the main need was for more than one individual bag – we wanted something compact, one small thing to take in to supermarkets which would then stow away neatly ready for the next time. We were tired of having piles of crumpled bags floating around our car boots!” Although they set up the company in November 2007, they only started trading in August 2008. Says Hanny: “We started with loads of research – we looked into all aspects of the design, of branding and marketing, and issues like intellectual property.” The product they finally came up with is an eight-bag pack, which is enough to contain an entire family weekly shop. They have now added a smaller four-pack that can be carried at all times as it will fit in a handbag, and a six-pack is on the way. The pack is designed to hang on a supermarket trolley and drop open when needed, giving easy access to the reusable bags stored in individual pouches. It even has a trolley coin attached! The bags then re-stow neatly in the pack and can be tidied away – there are special instructions for the easiest folding method on the website. Claire and Hanny had hoped to manufacture in the UK, but have been unable to meet their quality requirements at a cost-effective price. Claire says: “We met a potential supplier as close as Batley, but they just couldn’t do it.” “We have had to go to China, but we have made sure the factory is ethical and that it complies with all accepted standards. The fact that our bags are a one-off purchase owing to their durability means a net reduction in carbon footprint. We have worked out that each of our bags should replace over 1,500 plastic bags!” Claire was originally a primary school teacher, later worked for an interior design company, then did a journalism course. She has spent the last 12 years working as long haul cabin crew for British Airways. “I originally only planned to spend two years at it, but have just stayed on.” Her partner Jon is also cabin crew and the couple met (how romantic!) on a flight to Bangkok. They have a son and a daughter and another on the way. Having moved from London to Manchester 4 years ago, they soon crossed the Pennines to Honley. Hanny is German and her work background is in advertising, primarily as a producer of TV ads. She met her husband Ian, an ex-Huddersfield Town player, when he was playing for Fortuna Dusseldorf. They moved back in 2004 and he has set up in business as a tiler. The couple have two sons. Hanny and Claire met at their sons’ swimming class. Hanny says: “We got chatting as we were both new to the area. Our friendship has really just developed from there.” “We get on really well, our kids play together, and we are both fortunate to have very supportive families. It’s absolutely vital … especially when starting your own business. And even more especially when we keep having babies at the same time – we only had one each when we started, now it’s two, and Claire’s expecting again!” Footprint bags are currently available through the website, but Claire and Hanny are starting to get trade enquiries from companies ranging from garden centres to gift catalogues. They have also met with Marks & Spencer and Asda, so chances are good that the bags will soon be available in shops as well.

Footprint Bag revs up with Engine RoomDesign theDrum,

Brand design agency The Engine Room has created the look and feel for a new product that is reaching out to eco-savvy consumers. Footprint Bag provides a convenient alternative to using the endless supply of plastic bags used in supermarkets and other retail outlets. With more capacity than the single ‘bag for life’, Footprint Bag is designed to be hung on a shopping trolley and is packed with up to eight reusable shopping bags. Despite being a small, independent company, Footprint Bag founders are working to engage large supermarkets, to distribute their products, as the scope for them is increasing day by day, as they see demand rise dramatically on their consumer e-commerce website, Launched in September 2008 and the brainchild of Claire Peto-Cook and Hanny Wadsworth, Footprint Bag stemmed from the increasing trend for retailers to adopt plastic bag-free shopping. The brand identity created by The Engine Room references feet as a direct analogy to everyone's carbon footprint. The work also included on-pack design and supporting literature. The brief was to create a cool, funky look for the brand, yet one that would be attractive to both consumers and retailers alike. Creative director of The Engine Room, Darren Evans said: “Although this is an 'eco' brand, Footprint Bag is also an iconic statement and has been branded accordingly. By designing it as a lifestyle product, it opens up many more possibilities for brand extension and development“. He added: “Claire and Hanny have set themselves very aggressive targets, and recognised the importance of investing in design to establish their brand in the right light from the outset, to support them in their sales approach. Brand strategy should be focused on one thing, creating demand. Many businesses forget that brand is not just about a logo, it’s about creating a perception in the mind of the customer and differentiating yourself from the competition”.

Green News The Footprint bag: for all your eco shopping needs
AbiSilvester, Hippyshopper

Every time I write about another 'eco' bag I vow never to do so again. But they will keep bringing out new ones that are somehow crucially different from the last, in such ways that I can't help thinking someone would find useful, and that it might just persuade one more person to stop using plastic bags. So here we go with a new-fangled idea called the footprint bag. Follow the jump to find out what's special about it -- if your bag-fatigued mind can take it. It does have some rather fun features. Designed by two busy Huddersfield Mums, the Footprint bag is intended to be an antidote to the bulky, often scratchy bags for life that many supermarkets sell and that some people claim to find awkward to fit into their day-to-day lives (you can't easily fold one up and carry it around with you all day) and contains a number of smaller bags within one neat holdall that's designed to fit on to the back of a trolley. One feature I know I'd find useful is the 'trolley coin' that's permanently attached to the outer bag, so you'll never need to go in search of change when you want to do a big shop. I can see it being a success for that reason alone! But you'll certainly never need to say 'yes' to a plastic bag if you have this with you at the checkout. The Footprint Bag is available at a 20% reduction online for £15.60

Rants and raves:  Struggling with the basics
Cathy Ranson, Uxbridge Gazette

Sainsbury's have removed their bags from the packing areas at the checkouts, M&S are charging for their bags and other supermarkets are following suit to encourage us to supply our own and cut the number of bags that end up in landfill. I think it's a great idea but I'm struggling with the basic bit - remembering to take the bags out with me. It's enough trying not to forget my shopping list or what I've gone out for, let alone remembering to pack a cotton shopper or a bag for life! Twice last week I've had to juggle packets of biscuits, bananas and a French stick back to the car from the M&S petrol station in Long Lane/Uxbridge Road after refusing to buy another plastic bag (I only went in to pay for petrol so didn't take the bags from the glove box with me). I also forgot my cotton shoppers last week when I went to Uxbridge, so I did my shopping in various shops, refused plastic bags and just kept adding my purchases to the flimsy bag from the first shop. By the time I was almost home, the bottom was falling out of the bag thanks to all the '3 for 2' credit crunch offers in Boots! When I do remember to take bags with me to the supermarket, I either end up with too many or not enough. But at last I've found the solution and I'm pleased to say it's a very clever invention by a couple of mums. The innovative Footprint Bag is an extremely clever 'bag within a bag' system. It has eight black reusable and stylish bags made from super tough parachute material within one compact pack that can easily fit inside your handbag. Each bag folds up and fits neatly inside a little pouch and, best of all, there's a handy trolley coin attached too. A trolley coin is another great invention that I own but can never lay my hands on when I need it! At least this way everything you need is in one place. The Footprint Bag is so easy to use and I get envious glances every time I use them. The checkout staff and other shoppers always want to know where I got them from and I guarantee that one of the big supermarket chains will be snapping up this brilliant design very soon! They are only available on the internet at the moment and are priced £19.50, including free post and packing. Initially I thought this was quite a lot to pay but, as the checkout lady pointed out to me just today, that's less than £2 per bag and they are really worth it. She said she thought they were worth much more! I've only used my Footprint Bag three times but was so impressed I've already bought two more as presents for family. Find out more at, including an offer for the rest of October only, with the Footprint Bag costing just £15.60.

My View: Shoppers need to be sure their eco bags are all they appear to be
Catherine Scott, Yorkshire Post

Now that the plastic bag is officially frowned on we are all left searching for alternatives. The demise of the carrier bag comes none too soon for me, and I was one of the first to invest in the heavy-duty reusable bags. Not only were the bags stronger, so no more embarrassing moments with my groceries spilling across the car park, they also made me feel good for a change about my weekly shop. I was doing “my bit“ so to speak. But I am increasingly frustrated at my own ineptitude at remembering firstly to put them in the boot of my car and, secondly, if I do remember them I completely forget their existence until I am halfway round the supermarket with a trolley full of shopping. At the checkout I am then left with a dilemma; buy more bulky bags; take my trolley full of shopping and put it into the bags back at my car, or go back to the dark side and use disposable ones. So I have been interested to see the growing number of companies introducing reusable shopping bags that shrink down to minuscule proportions and can be secreted into my handbag after use. One such innovation has been set up by two Huddersfield mothers. The Footprint bag is a nifty eight-in-one bag which hangs over the back of your trolley. However, I was a perturbed to find it was made in China. A chat with a colleague and a closer inspection of her Envirosax bag yielded an equally unpleasant discovery on the label. It sat rather uneasily with both of us; we both wanted to do our bit to “save the planet“ but not at the expense of child labour in Far East sweatshops. We decided to take the matter further and what we discovered made the purchases more palatable. Envirosax's response was swift: “Our workers are well-paid and there are no children. Envirosax bags are made in China due to cost. Fair trade and fair wages is an issue in third world countries, but our manufacturer has met all fair trade guidelines.“ They did add that many eco-friendly bag companies say they practise fair trade, but further research reveals their products are often made by other companies. Further research reveals no mention of the environment, sustainability or anything green-related. A similar response was forthcoming from the FootprintBag people. “Ideally we would have loved to manufacture our bag pack in the UK. Naively, we thought that this might be possible, however there just isn't an industry here due to cost etc. We didn't choose China lightly. However we have found a very ethical factory who comply to strict standards.“ I have to applaud the speed of their responses, but they should get that message across to the consumer, who is just trying in their own small way to be environmentally-friendly.

Mums with bags of ideas for shoppers
Yorkshire Evening Post

TWO entrepreneurial mums from West Yorkshire have created a shopping bag which they hope will revolutionise people's shopping habits while helping the environment. The FootprintBag has been designed as a compact alternative to the many reusable shopping bags available on the market. Containing eight reusable bags made from rip stop nylon – normally used for parachutes – within one compact pack, the FootprintBag is small enough to fit into a handbag and is designed to be hung on a supermarket trolley. Mums Claire Peto Cook and Hanny Wadsworth, from Huddersfield, formed their business last November, working through pregnancy and two births. They have since found a manufacturer and supplier for the bag and are currently in talks with supermarket chains to stock it. They say both Leeds-based Asda and Marks and Spencer have expressed an interest in the product.The two mothers sought support and backing from former Dragon's Den TV star Rachel Elnaugh to help them get the product into the shops. She describes the bag as “a fantastic, well thought through design“. Claire, 39, and a mum-of-two, is currently on maternity leave from British Airways, where she works as cabin crew member, along with partner Jon Eastwell. Hanny, 30, is originally from Germany and is married to former Huddersfield Town player Ian Wadsworth. She has a four year old son, Ben, and has just given birth to her second boy, Sam.

Going green means 'bag within a bag'
Farhana Haque, Halifax Evening Courier

HEBDEN Bridge's plastic bag-free policy inspired two mums to launch their own new reusable shopping bags. The FootprintBag, a bag within a bag, is a hard-wearing and stylish alternative to many reusable shopping bags available on the market. Claire Peto Cook and Hanny Wadsworth designed the bag which contains eight reusable bags made from the material used to make parachutes. The compact pack can fit inside a handbag and can hang on a supermarket trolley. Claire, 39, said: “The idea came about one afternoon last summer when we were chatting about the town of Hebden Bridge becoming plastic bag-free. We were mulling over the trials of food shopping with bulky, reusable bags in all different shapes and sizes and how inconvenient it all was. We came up with this idea and after a few trial and error designs, The FootprintBag was born.“ Hanny, 30, said: “The Footprint Bag shopping bag pack is a one-off purchase that helps provide a solution to the environmental damage that plastic carrier bags cause.“ Retail giants Marks and Spencer and Asda have already expressed interest in the bag for which there is a manufacturer and supplier. The two secured the backing of former Dragon's Den star, and founder of Red Letter Days, Rachel Elnaugh, to help them get the product into the shops. The business was formed last November. For more information visit

Stamping out waste...
The Engine Room

The Engine Room have created the brand identity for what is being tipped to be the next green consumer revolution - Footprint Bag. The brainchild of Huddersfield based entrepreneurs Claire Peto-Cook and Hanny Wadsworth, Footprint Bag is 'the only true alternative' to the plastic carrier bag. Designed to be hung on a supermarket trolley and holding up to eight re-useable carriers. Footprint Bag is set to revolutionise people's shopping habits. The bags are made from rip stop nylon (the same as parachutes) and are neatly stored away in pouches. “Every single plastic bag you have ever used in your lifetime hasn't biodegraded and broken down yet.“ Explained Claire. “It's a hot topic at the moment with many towns now opting to go 'plastic bag free'. Footprint Bag allows you to still use multiple bags again and again and again“. The new identity references feet as a direct analogy to everyone's carbon footprint. “We really believe that Footprint Bag can replace the need for using plastic bags in supermarkets and other retail establishments“ added Hanny. The brief was to create a cool, funky look for the brand. “Although this is an 'eco-brand', Footprint Bag is also an iconic statement and has been branded accordingly“ said Engine Room Creative Director Darren Evans. “By designing the pack as a lifestyle product, it opens up many more possibilities for brand extension and development“. You can buy Footprint Bags online now at

A great idea’s in the bag for Honley entrepreneurs
Joanne Douglas, Huddersfield Daily Examiner

TWO mothers have come up with a handy way to shop and help the environment. Honley mums Claire Peto Cook and Hanny Wadsworth have created a stylish shopping bag within a bag. The FootprintBag, which can be fitted into a handbag, contains eight high-tech reusable bags within one compact pack. Companies such as Marks and Spencer have already shown an interest in buying the product. Also, former Dragon’s Den entrepreneur Rachel Elnaugh is mentoring the mothers in a bid to get the product in the shops. Claire, 39, a mum-of-two, said: “We’re just two mums who came up with this idea, did a lot of talking and then decided to go for it. “Using plastic bags has become such a big issue and I often find them such a trial when you go shopping. “We were already taking reusable bags for our weekly supermarket shop.“However, we were frustrated by the lack of choice on the market and car boots full of various bulky reusable bags.“When Hebden Bridge became a plastic bag-free town we took our inspiration from that and wondered what the solution could be.“After quite a few design sessions, attempts on the sewing machine and trial and error we came up with the product we now have.“I’ve had people stop me in the supermarket and ask where I got it from, so I think the demand is out there. ”The entrepreneurs met makers and found a supplier for the FootprintBag.It has since been put into production and the two women are meeting bigwigs at national supermarket chains.Hanny, 29, said: “We have our fingers crossed that it will take off and people like what we have done.“I think it is a brilliant product and I am proud of what we’ve achieved so far.“It is so useful when we go out shopping and saves on having to carry round lots of plastic bags every time.”They formed the business last November and have worked through giving birth and a pregnancy.Claire is on maternity leave from British Airways, where she works as cabin crew, along with husband Jon Eastwell. She has two children, Archie, four, and Violet.Hanny, originally from Germany, is married to former Huddersfield Town player Ian Wadsworh.She has one son, Ben, four, and is a month away from giving birth to her second child.The packs are available with eight shopping-bags and also contain a trolley coin.Over the coming months they will introduce a second pack which contains four and six bags.They are hopeful it will soon be stocked in a national chain as well as local shops. The FootprintBags are available to buy online at


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