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Ely Borrow Bag

Ely city centre is on a mission to become free of plastic bags but we need your help. We have joined the national Morsbags initiative and created Ely Borrow Bags with the aim to encourage local shops and businesses to offer customers strong reusable, original, recycled and washable bags that will last for years, reducing the use of plastic bags. This is a community-based scheme and volunteers are invited to join in whether by making and distributing the bags, donating fabric or helping to spread the word.

Why are we doing this?

Globally, over 1 million plastic bags are consumed per minute. Plastic bags in water are serial killers. They are ingested by marine wildlife, as plastic bags are often mistaken for jellyfish. The dolphin, whale, turtle or bird dies by suffocation or starvation and decomposes around the bag. The bag floats off, ready for its next victim. By using Morsbags we will be doing our bit to reduce the number of plastic bags in our city centre.

How to get involved?

Anyone can make a Morsbag for themselves, but we are really hoping that people will join the Ely Borrow Bag Pod at and make as many bags as possible that we can distribute locally. Please join in and register how many bags you’ve made – we’ve set ourselves a target of 500 by Christmas! Ely Borrow Bag Pod is co-ordinated by local independent, sewing specialist, Sew Much To Do which will also be running regular bag making ‘sewcials’. Please contact them for more details on

How to you make an Ely Morsbag?

Raid your airing cupboard for scraps of material such as old bedding or curtains. Call into the Tourist Information Centre or Sew Much to Do and collect your Ely Borrow Bag label and Morsbag tag. Follow the instructions on how to make a bag which are detailed on the Morsbag website. However, if you are an accomplished needleworker you may wish to use your own pattern. To be an official Ely Morsbag, your bag must have our Ely Borrow Bag label on as well as the Morsbag tab. However, feel free to further customise your bag as you wish.

What do I do with my bag once I've made it?

Either use it yourself whilst out shopping or donate it to any of the participating shops in Ely who will be displaying a sign. 

Tell us about it?

Please help spread the word and show us your bag by linking with us on Facebook and Twitter using #elyborrowbag. Also, please log the number of bags you have made on the Ely Pod of the Morsbag website so the pod tally rises. This will inspire people to join in and get sewing.

For more information

Contact Visit Ely on