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PLASTICS HAVE SPOILED US
For the past 60 years plastics have taken over the world, make no mistake, they are fantastic and can do so much. However, we have become spoilt, we expect so much now, simply based on what plastic has done for us; this makes it difficult for us to go back to simpler designs, simpler materials and have less expectations of what products such as bags can offer us. Do we need twenty pockets in a bag, do we need multiple nylon zips, must every bag we own be a portable filing cabinet?
IT'S NOT A SIMPLE MATERIAL SWAP
The plastic bags we presently have, can't be exactly replicated in leather, leather is generally thicker and less flexible, it can be much more difficult to sew.
Leather has all the advantages, beauty, feel/texture, smell, longevity, biodegradability.
To use leather we must go back to older, simpler designs, create new designs, new styles, new manufacturing techniques,... more importantly, we as users must change our expectations of what a leather bag can offer.
HOW TO DO THE 'P-L SWAP'
Swapping to leather can be a journey, which will offer other benefits to you. The best way to swap is to prepare, start by carrying less in your current bag, just carry what you actually need, not everything you might need:-
Take out one item per day over a week or two.
One pen instead of three or more.
Fewer (no) receipts.
Zero foreign coinage.
Do you still need to carry a chequebook?
OK, IT'S TIME TO GO PUBLIC
Then when it comes to the swap, you'll be carrying less, you'll also be used to carrying just the right amount of items for your journey or day, so any change will be a pleasant one. You are now looking cooler, carrying less and more importantly, using a sustainable product.