A Maida Vale businesswoman has designed an eco-friendly multi-use alternative to plastic bags.
Portia Kalin hopes MyBuddy-Box will prove a hit with shoppers, especially with the ‘plastic bag tax’ coming into force later this year.
The 34-year-old created MyBuddy-Box after being fed up with the number of plastic bags littering her home and work-space.
It is a strong stackable, collapsible cardboard box which can be used for much more than just carrying groceries, says Mrs Kalin.
She said: “Being a box it can carry a lot more stuff than plastic bags. It can carry eight bags of groceries, up to 20 kilos, so it’s super strong.
“It’s a really innovative product. Being a box it has hundreds of uses around the house like storage. It’s a multi-functional product that is really versatile.”
Mrs Kalin used got the idea for MyBuddy-Box after looking out for boxes at the checkout counters at supermarkets.
“This is an eco-shopping product created to solve the problems of plastics bags lying everywhere. It’s a long lasting box for life. It really will last many years with constant use,” she said.
It has spent three years in development and Mrs Kalin quit her job in The City to concentrate all her time on the product.
And she hopes her a charge on plastic bags, which comes into force in October, will help sales. She said: “In six months England will join the rest of the UK by having to pay 5p for a plastic bag at supermarkets.
"It’s everyone’s responsibility to make sure that we reduce our plastic bag use and I believe that choosing MyBuddy-Box over polythene carriers is a positive step towards making this happen.”
MyBuddy-Box is available from www.mybuddy-box.com and costs £14.99.