Last year all UK major supermarket chains started charging for carrier bags. So what did we do?
We decided to design, create and give out our very own Portico reusable bag. (We’re always trying to live up to our surprisingly useful tagline!)
Ethical & environmentally friendly
From the get-go we knew that we wanted our bags to be durable and we also knew we wanted to them to be ethically made. That's why we decided to partner with ethical manufacturer, Supreme Creations. The bags they create are so high quality they can be reused over 5,000 times - which would save you a whopping £250 in carrier bag charges.
Printing, stitching & packing
The lovely Supreme girls in Pondicherry, South India, spent weeks printing, stitching and packing our new Portico bags. They then shipped the totes over to us, and our distribution army got to work posting 34,000 through the letterboxes of the houses near our 11 offices.
“Supreme Creations have enjoyed partnering with Portico as their ethical supplier of canvas tote bags. The sleek-designed black reusable bags were created with Londoners in mind: for those last-minute grocery shopping trips, to carry lunch and files to work in or for those post-work gym sessions.”
We loved spotting our Portico bags out and about - and we loved it even more when locals popped in to say thank you.
The bag evolution
Since then, the Portico bag has evolved! The marketing team ummed and arred over gussets or no gussets, before finally deciding on the look of our second bag.
Despite a huge airport flood and a poorly distribution team, we managed to deliver our bags to local residents before Christmas. A big thank you goes out to our Portico people who put on their coats, hats and woolly scarves and went out on the streets to play Santa and deliver our festive bags.
Show us your bag!
It’s not just our neighbours who get to enjoy our totes! All Portico tenants and purchasers get a Portico bag when they move into their new property - which comes jam-packed with some lovely move-in essentials (and a bottle of plonk).
If you have received a Portico bag through the post, we'd love to see you wearing it! Send your photos to us via Instagram or Twitter - we'll be sure to repost our favourites.
If you haven’t received a Portico bag but would like one, let us know in the comment box below and we’ll post one out to you!