At Bag-all, we are constantly trying to improve our impact on the planet. After all, that has been the main purpose of our brand since the very beginning. When Bag-all was started, by Jennifer Jansch, she had one goal in mind -- to build a business that had a positive impact on the environment with the concept or reuse. Our first product was the reusable fabric gift bags. At the end of the day, it all comes down to the small daily choices.
Just think about it: if you reuse a water bottle a new one does not need to be produced and the bottle you are reusing does not become garbage. Reusing is one of the best things we can do for the environment and absolutely everyone can do it as it also is for free! It is a win, win all around.
We know that it is impossible to be perfect, and that all of us cannot change all of our ways. However, we do believe that although one cannot do everything, everyone can do something. By making conscious choices and trying to keep reuse at the top of your mind we guarantee that we together can get very far towards a more sustainable future.
Thank you for helping us help the planet, it means the World to us! 🌎
The Bag-all Team
The main purpose behind all of our products is reuse. Our very first product was a gift bag, created to reduce the toxic garbage that gift wrapping paper leaves behind. By reusing a product for years and years to come, negative impacts due to manufacturing, recycling, and waste management are reduced.
Most of our products are made from 100% natural cotton, and all of our prints are printed with a water-based ink that is non-toxic and environmentally friendly.
Also, our grosgrain ribbons are made from 100% recycled PET bottles. By using ribbons made from recycled PET bottles, we are contributing to a cleaner planet and a healthier wildlife. Read more HERE.
Community is very important to us at Bag-all, both local ones and foreign communities far away. We believe that it's our shared responsibility as humans to help each other and to take care of each other and our beautiful planet.
As of now, we're giving back in a couple of different ways. First, we donate money to KIVA, an organization that helps female entrepreneurs in undeveloped countries start businesses that will hopefully change their lives and the lives of their local communities.
Also, we climate compensate every time we fly! After a trip, we calculate our carbon foot print and help clean up the mess we made. Read more about South Pole and their projects below ♻️
Our stores reuse all cardboard boxes sent to us for our own outgoing shipments. This both limits waste management of old boxes and reduces impacts related to recycling. Also, we no longer offer disposable bags with a store purchase. Instead, we offer reusable totes at a very low price.
In order to reduce plastic waste, we also make sure there's always necessities such as fresh water, etc. available, so that our employees never have to buy plastic bottles.
Fun fact: Our stores are decorated with vintage furniture found at flea markets. Across our brand, we truly believe in reusing and waste reducing in all areas. Sustainability can always co-exist with style and quality.
One of the newest additions to our sustainability efforts is to give back to the planet by planting a tree for every sold monogram. With some help from our friends at OneTreePlanted.org, your monograms will not only impact your bag's design, but also the lives of future generations.
Also, since we love trees and our planet, we randomly go ahead and plant some more tree here and there, because, why not?
Together, we can make a difference.We believe that helping the planet should be easy, fun, and something that everyone can participate in. To kick-off this project, we started off by donating 6700 trees, divided between the Amazonas and Indonesia. Read more HERE.
Giving back is one of the most important things to us here at Bag-all. Whether it’s giving back to the planet, the community, or to a fellow human in need. For a few years, we have been donating money to an organization that we feel very passionate about. It’s called Kiva, and its mission is to help entrepreneurs in poor areas across the world to start, or advance, their own businesses by giving them micro loans. By lending business funds to people in need, they are given a chance to start something of their own, something that matters and that will provide life-long support for them, their families and their local communities.
So far, Bag-all has lent over $6,000 to female entrepreneurs in 46 countries. We have made a total of 219 loans, and we will continue to support women for many years to come. If you want to read more about it, check out our Journal HERE. If you want to join our effort, please attribute your loan to Team Bag-all on Kivas website. It would truly mean the World to us!
Since Bag-all is a global company with offices and stores around the world, flying is somewhat unavoidable to us. However, we are aware of the environmental impact flying has on the planet and, therefore, we strive to compensate for it in every way we possibly can.
For example, every time we fly, we calculate our estimated carbon footprint and buy carbon credits from South Pole to make up for the damage we have made. When you buy carbon credits from South Pole, they dedicate your money towards environmental projects that benefit the environment.
Why choose to offset our carbon footprint you may ask? Investing in carbon offset projects helps organisations like ours take immediate action on greenhouse emissions. It's only a small part of our broader, integrated sustainability strategy. As mentioned before, no one can do everything, but we can all so something.