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Welcome to Secret Projects, a UK registered social enterprise, creating work for women in India

What is a Secret Shopping Bag?

A Secret Shopping Bag is...  

A re-useable, foldable shopping bag that is small enough to pop in handbags and pockets, yet unfold it, and you have a roomy, stylish carry bag, fit for any shopping trip!   

Each Secret Shopping Bag is produced from high quality, durable, machine washable 100% cotton in a range of designs for all tastes -  from cute, ditsy flower prints, checks and tartans to bold, striking and colourful block prints.  

Made by Secret Projects Maker Groups throughout 5 Indian states, from south to north, each bag is stitched with love and care by women who are proud to be part of Secret Projects. 

What makes the Secret Shopping Bag unique? 

Almost too many ways to mention! Whether it’s using a bag that over a life time could replace 5,000 plastic carrier bags, doing your bit by putting less waste into the environment, through to having a gorgeous, strong and sizeable shopping bag to hand when out and about - and what’s wrong with looking good whilst shopping!  

Available in a wide and wonderful range of fabrics, there is so much choice that you can be sure to find one you love. The Secret Shopping Bag also makes a great little present for others and our customers have been known to give them as a thank you gifts when invited for supper or to a party – more sustainable than flowers and chocolates!  

However, like all Secret Products it is so much more than a handy, good looking shopping bag. Each bag empowers women to have the confidence and resources to make choices, thrive and contribute to the strengthening of their communities. 

We are particularly proud of the innovation of this product in response to the Indian Governments ban of single use plastic bags throughout the country. This gave us a great opportunity to seize to provide not just an international market for the bags, but also a domestic one and we began a programme to assist the Makers in establishing local markets.  

Watch the whole and charming story behind the Secret Shopping Bag HERE. 

To view our full, gorgeous collection of Secret Shopping Bags and choose yours, please click here.  


We love this testimonial from Secret Projects customer about her Secret Shopping Bag: 

'I love my secret Project shopping bags & always have one with me here in France. Their distinctive patterns are stylish as well as being practical; easy to store in a bag or pocket when folded & ample in size when unfolded.  
This is also my ‘go to’ gift for a  thank you or for a host & my present drawer holds a number of designs. The bags are always received with delight & great interest & I enjoy sharing the story of the Project; a gift with power and heart'.  

 Jan – Toulouse 


 Frequently asked questions about the Secret Shopping Bag 

What is a Secret Shopping Bag made from? 

Each bag is made in India from 100% high quality cotton 

Can I wash my Secret Shopping Bag? 

Yes! Machine wash on a warm cycle and be mindful to wash with similar colours as the colour may run. 

How do I fold a Secret Shopping Bag? 

Full details of how to fold your Secret Shopping Bag can be found by watching this video. 

How much can a Secret Shopping Bag carry? 

We have tested this! It can carry a watermelon and a bottle of champagne without tearing or breaking!