I am so grateful that you are taking the time to find out more about Bag-all.
My name is Jennifer Jansch and I started Bag-All because I wanted to be an entrepreneur and at the same time do something for the environment. As a mother of three daughters I strongly felt like I needed to stop THINKING about making changes and start DOING something towards preserving and taking care of our beautiful planet.
One of the things that made the most sense to me was working with the concept of REUSE. When you reuse an item you don't have to produce a new item. For example if you refill your plastic water bottle, it replaces the new bottle that you would have otherwise been used and discarded.
Reusing saves natural resources required to manufacture items and saves the planet from more garbage. But, best of all, it is for free so absolutely everyone can do it. Reusing is a win, win all around!
Initially, I knew I wanted to create a product that could be reused, but what should it be?
By chance I came across small environmental groups that were talking about the idea of reusable fabric gift bags. This was a new concept to me. Instead of wrapping your gifts in paper you would use fabric bags which could be used hundreds, if not thousands, of times.
To me this was a genius concept! I knew from before that creating paper is a very toxic process. Forests have to be harvested, bleaching and other chemical processes are used. The paper then has to be transported across the globe only to become garbage in seconds. Which is an all around loose, loose cycle.
My thought was that if I could design really cute bags people would make the better choice when wrapping gifts. There are so many advantages to the bag besides the sustainability aspect. For example the bag itself becomes a gift! If you don't want to give it away, you can keep it in the family and give it back and forth every time there is a birthday or holiday. They also become cheaper than paper after only a few uses and can be used hundreds of times. Bags also require no tape, ribbons, etc. With a gift bag you are instantly ready to go and your gift is wrapped in a matter of seconds! And of course the fabric bags produce little to no waste!!!
As I love gift bags so much, and hope everyone will start using them, I have made a description on how you can make the exact gift bags we sell here at Bag-all! The PDF, which you can download, is in the HOW TO page.
After sewing the first gift bags myself and giving them to friends, they told me they used the gift bags for storing all sorts of things such as their hairdryer, shoes, camera etc...
I quickly realized that people needed fabric bags for all sorts of things. This is how the Bag-all organizing collection was born.
Today we have hundreds of prints and styles and we are constantly adding more. A lot of the prints are ideas and requests from you customers. So if you have any ideas, requests, comments, or questions please don't hesitate to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I opened my first Bag-all store on 219 Mott Street in New York in October 2014. We have since opened stores in Stockholm, Sweden and in Paris, France. I truly hope I will see you in one of the stores soon!
Jennifer jumping for joy when she got the keys to her new office space/showroom on 219 Mott Street in Nolita New York. The space is only used as a retail store today and is one of Bag-alls flagship stores. Notice the change in decor, picture below.
Let's start with some facts.