Designed as fashion accessories, the bags are made from natural fabrics and are produced by Jutexpo, which bills itself as the world’s biggest supplier of reusable jute, cotton and juco bags.
The range comprises seven different bags, with prices starting at £3. Cotton canvas bags, featuring every letter from A to Z, are available alongside more classic designs featuring a worker bee and a mint plant. A firmer textured jute Pet Bag features a dog design and premium handle and the ‘Gardeners’ Bag’ includes six external pockets. For those looking for festive gifts, Juco bags are available in two designs, one featuring a reindeer and the other a FAB-YULE-US! print.
This is the first time that M&S has worked with Jutexpo. Sam Turner, compliance director of Jutexpo, said: “We are delighted to be working with such a well-respected, high street brand and this Christmas range highlights how quality products can be made without compromising on ethical production.”
Jutexpo’s jute bag production rose from 5.5 million bags per year before the English plastic bag tax was introduced in 2015 to 8.5 million in the year of the bag tax and 7 million a year since.