Brit holds record for collecting plastic bags worth lakhs


  • Angela Clarke has been collecting old plastic bags since 1976
  • Her collection of over 10,000 bags is worth thousands of dollars now
  • The 55-year-old woman stores her collection in her husband’s factory

Plastic bags are bad for the environment, but they have many uses around the home.

Since they have a high tensile strength, many people end up storing them in containers and under beds for future use.

Angela Clarke has been doing it for 40 years. Obsessed with collecting old plastic bags, she has now entered the record books by having more than 10,000 in her home.

Clarke has been collecting plastic bags since the 1970s. As some of them date from 1954, they have been classified as historic objects, according to a report by The mirror.

What started as a hobby in 1976 at the age of 11 has turned into an obsession. His collection is now worth thousands of pounds.

It all started when she decorated her family home with Union Jack carrier bags to mark the Queen’s Silver Jubilee. Since then, she has never stopped collecting plastic bags.

The collection kind of snowballed after it made an appearance in the BBC hit ‘Multi-coloured Swap Shop’.

After the show, Angela started having old plastic bags autographed by designers from different parts of the world.

“I had bags sent autographed by designers and bags sent by the House of Lords. Someone went overseas for the Olympics and remembered I had been on Swap Shop and got in touch so I started getting bags from overseas,” said she declared.

“Stores started closing and things moved on and I thought I had bits of history here from stores that were once loved, stores like C&A, Woolworth, BHS,” Angela added.

The 55-year-old takes extra care of her collection, keeping all the bags in a purpose-built warehouse at her husband’s factory.

“I’m not supposed to overdo it according to my husband but I just can’t resist. He’s used to me now, we’ve been married 47 years,” she said.