Wednesday, February 17, 2010

It's in the Bag!

Groceries to nourish my body, books to nourish my mind...the bags I use to carry the cargo of my life are now more meaningful. 

About a year ago or so, I was on the search for cute and stylish reuseable grocery bags.  Bags sold in the grocery stores have logos on them, and are not very storage-friendly.  I wanted something that would be easy to store when not in use and I found these:
They fold down to this when not in use which makes them really easy to keep in the car and not take up much space:

They are from BAGGU, and they come in over 50 colors and prints, and various shapes and sizes. My favorite is the regular BAGGU.  One of these bags holds enough groceries to fill 2-3 plastic grocery bags, they can hold 50 pounds, and are machine washable.  The long straps make it easy to carry on your shoulder if you'd like.

My only dilemma is that they are made from Nylon, which is not so environmentally friendly to manufacture.  I justify this by reminding myself that I am reusing them, which IS environmentally friendly.  Using one BAGGU for one year replaces 300 to 700 disposable bags.  That's a lot of trash!

Go HERE to purchase your own little piece of "green-ness".

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I received a very special Christmas present from my new sister-in-law Elizabeth (Matt's brother Paul's wifey as of 9/19/09).  I call her "Sistaw" in my love-for-joining-words-together fashion.  She gave me a handcrafted bag from India, purchased from Sari Bari:  New Life in the Making...

"Sari Bari, a business initiative, seeks the freedom and restoration of Kolkata’s red-light areas through dignity-giving employment opportunities for women affected by the sex trade.

Sari Bari is a safe home where women, who have been exploited in the sex trade, can have their dignity restored and experience new life in the making.
Each of our products made from the Indian sari is marked with a woman's name, a woman who now has the opportunity to make a choice for freedom and new life."

Knowing I am carrying around a little piece of a woman's freed heart makes me smile.  When I get a compliment on my bag, I love sharing the story of who gave it to me and where it came from.  The name of the woman who made your bag is printed in the inside. My bag was made by Supriya.

Thank you my "Sistaw" Elizabeth for being so thoughtful. 
Thank you Supriya for my lovely bag.

Go HERE to support these women.

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