Anya Hindmarch, a UK-based handbag designer, is making a statement with her green “I’m Not A Plastic Bag” shopping tote. It’s actually quite chic and for only $10 everyone can afford to donate to her cause.

The message is simple: DECLINE the dreadful plastic bag whenever possible.

Did you know that a plastic bag can take up to 500 years to decay? Worldwide we use over ONE MILLION plastic bags per minute. When looking at this horrific number, you can imagine what our landfills look like, but also consider the materials, energy and fuel that went into making the bags. As these bags sit slowly decaying at the landfill, they produce tons of methane gas which contributes to, yep, you guessed it, global warming. We can certainly make a difference by using less plastic bags. Much less.

The “I’m Not A Plastic Bag” by Anya Hindmarch is constructed of cream cotton canvas and sturdy rope handles. It will be available March 2007.