Mark Hadfield's Fairpack is a not-for-profit company that supplies biodegradable plastic bags, recycled paper bags and cotton bags to small retailers at an affordable price. They are apparently quite strong and are comparable in cost to standard carrier bags. The idea for this venture had its genesis in Hatfield's academic thesis. The bags are currently only available in the U.K. See also our discussion on the merits of plastic versus paper bags. :: Fairpack via Greenthinkers via CoolHunting