environment
Morrisons Brings Back the String Bag

Supermarket Morrisons is trying to do another worthy environmental thing to get its brand in the news, with today seeing the launch of a trial of string bags in four of its outlets. You know, like in the olden days, when it was fine to be racist on the telly and there were special shops that only sold vegetables. Read More >>

environment
Morrisons Tests 30p Plastic Bag Price Rise

Morrisons is about to enrage the people who get enraged about plastic bags so much that they have to breathe into one for a while to calm down, with a trial in some stores seeing the cost of a disposable carrier upped to 30p. That'll surely make it one of the chain's most profitable items. Influencers will want to be seen with the aspirational shopping transport solution. Read More >>

recycling
Bread Bags Bravely Enlist to be Recycled for Greater Good

Millions of poor little bread bags have agreed to be gathered up and melted down in a touching act of self-sacrifice, thanks to a recycling initiative backed by sandwich kingpin Hovis. Read More >>

environment
Aldi Puts the 5p Plastic Bags in the Bin

There's good news and bad news in dispatches from German front of the War on Plastic, with Aldi announcing it's to stop selling the basic 5p carriers in all branches. That's the good news. The bad news is that they're to be replaced by the sturdier but more expensive 9p options, made from in-house recycled plastic waste. So there will still be plastic bags, but they will be different. Read More >>

oneplus
OnePlus Just Announced a Brand New Product… But it’s a Backpack

We talk a lot about OnePlus here at Giz UK, mainly because people really seem to like reading about OnePlus - and who are we to argue with that. Also OnePlus generally make good phones, which is always nice. Today the company has announced a brand new product some people will be able to buy. Before any of you get excited it's not a phone or some sort of OnePlus 6T accessory, it's a backpack. Read More >>

music
‘Shut up, Morrissey’ Bags Re-Enter Production

A third run of bags that say what the nation is thinking has entered production, as it seems a huge number of people would like a shopping bag that says "'Shut up, Morrissey" on it, in case they meet the popstar browsing the alternative vegan milks section of their local Waitrose. Read More >>

environment
PG Tips Removes Plastic Endoskeletons From Bags for Guilt-Free Tea

Joining the Co-op in raging against tiny amounts of polypropylene in our tea bags is PG Tips, which is about to launch a 100 per cent, fully biodegradable tea bag in the UK. Cheers, Sir Attenborough. Read More >>

kickstarter
Meet The Smart Backpack That’ll Light up Your Life… Literally

The future – by which I mean, 'late 2017 – is a terrifyingly advanced place. Not only are most modern toasters clever enough to do your taxes, but now fancypants backpacks are looking to make your walk to work a whole lot smarter. Read More >>

reviews
Targus Work + Play Fitness Backpack Review: The Kind of Bag That Should Come With an Instruction Manual

Work/life balance is an in thing these days, and for good reason. It's not healthy to obsess over work 24 hours a day, but at the same time you can't pay your bills if you're at home playing Mario Kart all the time. While the concept of the 'work bag' is pretty common, but Targus's new £65 Work + Play Fitness Backpack is, as the name suggests, designed to cover all the bases. Read More >>

backpacks
This Backpack Cured My Addiction to Gadget Bags

Every week a handful of emails hit my inbox about a new backpack on Kickstarter or Indiegogo, complete with a flashy video and promises of revolutionising how I carry all my toys. I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve been tempted to donate to quite a few of them. But it’s hard to be pulled away from the Lowepro camera bags I’ve owned over the years. If you’re a photographer, there’s a good chance that at some point you’ve carried a DSLR and a myriad of lenses in one of Lowepro’s packs. The company’s spent the past 45 years coming up with ways to protect and haul camera equipment. With its new Urbex bags, the company reinvents that camera-focused legacy with a line that’s focused on being the bag for all of your gadgets, and the clutter that comes with them. Read More >>

environment
Paying 10p For a Posh Carrier Bag Revulses Tesco Customers into Change

Tesco is about to bin the cheap 5p plastic bag option it currently offers, meaning only the posher, thicker, Bag for Life choice will remain for people who didn't bring a big enough rucksack for their crisps and cheese. Read More >>

kickstarter
Airpaq, the Upcycled Car Seatbelt and Airbag Rucksack

Of the thousands of quirky rucksacks to have appeared on Kickstarter in the last 48 hours, this one has the most potential to bestow an aura of interestingness onto its wearer. It's made from seatbelts and old car airbags, and who wouldn't want to close a rucksack with a satisfying clunk-click? Read More >>

design
French Designers Want £1,700 for an Ikea Bag

This blue thing here is the Balenciaga Arena tote, a posh leather bag for rich people to keep iPhones, drugs and tiny dogs in. The crazy news is that it costs around £1,700 and seems to be based on the classic 40p Ikea Frakta holdall. Read More >>

design
Brilliant Space Invaders Backpack Straps a Miniature Arcade Cabinet to Your Back

Let’s get the bad news out of the way first. This Space Invaders-themed backpack only looks like a miniature replica of an arcade machine—it doesn’t actually let you play the classic video game that has you fending off alien invaders. But we’ll happily turn a blind eye to that oversight, because everything else about this pack is fantastic. Read More >>

photography
There’s a Reflector Built Right Into this Camera Bag

If you’re not careful, photography can become a black hole of never-ending accessories and camera gear that you can never escape. You don’t always need to bring along an entire studio’s worth of gear to get a great shot, and Betabrand is making it even easier to travel light with a new camera bag featuring a reflector built right in. Read More >>