It’s rare to see paper bags in stores anymore– everything is either plastic or some form of reusable bag. I’m not trying to open a debate about which of these three is greenest or why you should choose one over another. It is sad to see them go, because I feel they are more substantial than plastic and in some way seem more human. It’s coarse and varying texture gives each bag a uniqueness. while plastic bags seem so uniform and artificial.
That aside, this new take on the folding of a paper bag by Ilvy Jacobs is interesting. I see them more as art pieces than their commercial (not to mention functional) viability, but can’t help but enjoy the reinvention of a dying breed.