I hope you are having a wonderful week. I can’t believe it is already Friday!
As you may be in the midst of holiday shopping, I wanted to give you a super cool gift idea! Created by two great gals, Bag the Habit creates eco-bags that are as good-looking as they are good (and very important) for the environment.
I think these cool looking bags make great presents for family members, co-workers… and yourself! My favorite is the Chrysanthemum line. Plus we’ll be supporting two great, entrepreneurial young women that are looking to make a positive difference in the world. And we all only have each other to count on for support, right?!
Read below my interview with co-founder, Liz.
Let’s meet the lovely ladies. Here’s Liz!
Kimberly: Tell us about yourself a little bit, and what your inspiration was to create Bag the Habit?
Liz: Bag the Habit started as a little dream while I was working at a tea shop in college. I had this idea for a brand and that our goal would be to make the best reusable bags on the market, so that people would want to carry them anywhere and everywhere. When I met Holly, Bag the Habit’s co-creator, she was a customer at the cafe and working at a graphic design firm. She agreed to work on the logo and we spent 6 months figuring out the first bag… 3 years later we have a full line of reusable solutions and our products have replaced millions of single-use bags! We’ve also created premium textiles made from 100% consumer and industrial plastic waste. The first bag samples were sewn with staples, so using technology like this is pretty amazing.
Kimberly: Wow! Tell us more about your products, and what they can be used for.
Liz: We want to create products people love. A simple concept, but we put a lot of thought into making our bags more loveable… unique features like the comfy padded handles…our commitment to using only eco-textiles…how much they all fit! We design BTH bags for specific shopping functions – the Market Set for big grocery trips or our Gift Bags for waste-free wrapping – but people have some really creative uses. For example, filling the mesh produce bags with fruit from a local orchard and giving them as wedding favors! I just love that.
Kimberly: I love that too. :) How exactly are disposable bags a huge problem for us?
Liz: Every day we throw out millions and millions of single-use bags, usually after just 20 minutes of use. But before and after those few small moments, there are many lifecycle steps and impacts! In the case of a plastic bag you have to go out and drill for oil, refine the petroleum, create plastic resins, assemble and print on the bags (all of which produce chemicals and pollutants), package and transport them, and then choose to recycle, dispose, or litter, none of which are great options. Recycling rates are extremely low, bags sit in landfills for hundreds of years releasing the same chemicals they were made with, and in the case of litter, the plastic ‘photodegrades’, breaking down into tiny and tinier pieces that are eventually absorbed by the soil and water. In some areas of the ocean right now, the plastic to plankton ratio is 6:1. This means there are 6 times more toxic plastic pieces than there are plankton, the life-giving stuff our oceanic food chain depends upon for sustenance. That is so incredibly sad…
Kimberly: Where can we get your bags, and do you have any holiday specials?Liz: On bagthehabit.com we have 10-15% off of gift packs and bulk buys right now. They’re great for gifting to friends, teachers, co-workers….energy-efficient shopping!
Kimberly: Anything you’d like to add?Liz: Yes….thank you to you and all your awesome wellness work! The world needs more of it :)
And thank you to you Liz and Holly, for creating a cool, earth-loving company! Please be sure to check out the Bag the Habit website.