Jutexpo & John Lewis collaborate on bags made of recycled plastic bottles


Worcestershire-based Jutexpo and retailer John Lewis have collaborated with designer Caroline Gardner to produce a new shopping bag made entirely from recycled plastic bottles.

Made using Jutexpo’s HALT process, which turns plastic into a soft, durable fabric, rPET, each bag is made using 7.6 recycled plastic bottles.

The bags, which have a pineapple design, are available in store and online for £8.

HALT bags are the first to have certification to the Global Recycled Standard (GRS), made using low carbon emission production.

Robbie McGregor, Jutexpo Director, said: “We are delighted to be supplying these wonderfully-designed bags which are encouraging shoppers to reduce their plastic bag use and help the environment.

“By recycling post-consumer bottles to create innovative reusable bags, we are adding purpose to what would have otherwise been discarded as uncontrollable waste.”

In February Jutexpo announced Selfridges has become the first retailer in the world to supply customers with garment covers made from recycled plastic bottles, using the same HALT process.