A supermarket chain is inviting customers to buy a trendy, environmentally friendly shopping bag designed by graphic artist Tommy Li. This is part of Wellcome's 'Bring Your Own Bag' (BYOB) campaign, which is now in its second year. It is aimed at encouraging customers to use less plastic bags as our landfills are fast reaching capacity. The new bag is available at all Wellcome stores. It has a drawing of a cactus plant with the slogan 'Don't let our planet go dry'. Ten thousand bags are on offer for $9.90 each. Li said he wanted the bag to have a contemporary feel and appeal to everyone - including young people. He said customers do not like ugly shopping bags. Also, men were unwilling to use some bags because they were more suitable for women. 'The design is very important. If it [the bag] looks stupid, no one would want to use it. People would rather stick to plastic bags although they know this is not good for the environment,' Li said. If you can't get Li's limited edition, Wellcome offers two other shopping bags - in plain green and red - at $5 each. All Wellcome staff are wearing aprons featuring the slogan 'Say: NO Plastic Bag' to remind customers about environmental protection. Wellcome, which launched the BYOB campaign last May, said about 26 million less plastic bags were given out over the past year. This is a drop of about 10 per cent from the previous year, the supermarket chain said. Since Wellcome signed the Voluntary Agreement on Plastic Bag Reduction last month, there has been a dramatic reduction in the number of plastic bags given out. In the first month after the agreement was signed, there was a drop of 22 per cent (about 4.8 million plastic bags) compared to April 2005. The agreement's target is to give out 40 million less plastic bags a year. 'I feel very grateful that there's been a reduction in the number of plastic bags used in Hong Kong ... we hope the [campaign] will promote the new concept of environmental shopping,' said Wellcome's marketing and development director, Mark Garwood. Have you joined any environmental activities recently? Young Post invites you to share your experiences with other readers. Send 250-350 words in English and photos to firstname.lastname@example.org . Please include your name, age, school and contact details.