I can’t believe Christmas time is right around the corner. Either the years are getting shorter or my brain has changed its perception of time…
Anyway, Christmas is the whole reason I started Bag-all. I got really upset about all that garbage created on Christmas day. We are five in the family and celebrating with extended family we had black garbage bag after black garbage bag full of wrapping materials. It made me kind of sick to think of the fact that it was not only us, but everyone else on our block, in our neighbourhood, in our city, in the country, in all countries. If you picture this in your minds eye it is not a pretty sight.
So, I thought there must be a better more sustainable way of doing the gift giving.
This was our Christmas card last year. The girls with my very first Christmas collection!
Searching on-line I found some quite disturbing numbers about the waste created from gift wrapping.
* There is 5 million tons! of extra garbage created by gift wrapping around the holiday season in the US alone.
But we can all easily do something about it by reusing! There is some statistics about reusing as well:
* If families in the US just wrapped three gifts in reusable material there would be an equivalent of the surface of 45 000 football fields in paper that wouldn’t have to be produced or become garbage.
* If families reused just two feet (less than a meter) of string for their gift wrapping that would be 38 000 miles (approx 61 000 km). That’s enough to tie a bow around the Earth.
I also found some environmental groups talking about reusable fabric gift bags and I thought – now that is probably the best idea I have heard in my entire life. However, being a stylist, I didn’t care too much for the way those bags looked. So, I thought I might be able to contribute something to this idea. And – voila – Bag-all was born.
This was our Christmas tree last year (I know the kids went a little over board with the decorations haha).
This Christmas season we have a really great offer. If you buy five or more bags we will give you one Large Red or Black striped Christmas bag for free! Just e-mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know which colour you prefer.
Please reuse! Waste reduce!
The Bag-all Asia Tour is soon coming to an end. We are filled with energy and impressions from this beautiful continent. After meeting so many nice people and seeing amazing places, this trip has left us feeling extremely inspired.
Tokyo has been particularly inspiring and its with a long list of new product ideas that we will be heading back to New York. So stay tuned for new, upcoming favorites to our collections!
No rest for the wicked! We started off this year by traveling to Asia, where we've been visiting suppliers, customers and fabric markets in Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Shanghai.
Now it's time to keep on moving and our next destination is Japan. We're very excited, especially about visiting Bag-all Travel Pop-up stores in Tokyo.
If you want to know more, follow our trip on Instagram: @bag_all.