There was a time when I regularly brought three or four jars with me every time I made a trip to Whole Foods, in order to buy various nuts, grains, and dried from the bulk section. However, I do most of my grocery shopping on foot and so lugging glass jars can start to get pretty darn heavy.
Several years back, I added a set of three light-weight, reusable bulk bin bags from Kootsac to my array of produce bags (if they sound familiar, it’s because I’ve mentioned them before) and have come to love them with a passion. They’re nearly weightless, so they don’t increase the amount you pay at check-out. They wash like a dream. And they appear to be nearly indestructible, as I’ve had mine for four years and they are showing no sign of wear at all.
Morgen, the creator of the Kootsac, is offering up a package of her reusable bags for a giveaway (scroll to the bottom of the post for details) and took the time to answer a few of my questions about her nifty product.
Q: What inspired you to start making Kootsac?
A. I buy almost all my dry food from the bulk food section of my natural food stores. One of the top reasons why I do this was to save on packaging but I began to accumulate plastic bags. I would wash them and hang them to dry on my porch but, as most people who do this know, the bags become yucky after a few washes.
I searched online for reusable bulk food bags and could’nt find any – this was 6 years ago. I am a textile artist and designer so I have the skills to make them myself which is what I ended up doing. I feel like making Kootsac bags is one small thing that I can do to contribute to the movement towards living lighter on the planet.
Q: How many have you made since you started selling them?
A: I think I’ve sold about 8,000 bags since I started.
Q: How many plastic bags do you think your Kootsacs have kept from the landfills?
A: It’s hard to say how many bags have been kept from entering landfills but I can make an estimate based on my own usage. I use at least 5 bags a week, which in 6 years of use would have saved 1,500 bags from entering the landfill, so each bag would be worth 300 plastic bags in 6 years or 50 bags a year.
If I sold 8,000, then potentially Kootsac could have kept 400,000 bags from entering the landfill. Wow! I like those numbers! That’s provided that people who buy them use them, and of course some people may use them more or less times per week than I do.
Q: What’s been the best comment from a Kootsac user about these bags?
A: I have had such amazing feedback from customers which makes this a hard question to answer, but here’s one I received very recently: ” I love Kootsacs! These are such fabulous bags I’ve been using for over a year now that I had to buy more!!! I save so much money buying my organics and whole grains in bulk and these bags work PERFECTLY for just about anything dry. They’re amazing!!! I save my bread tabs to use for closing up (more re-using!) which work perfectly, and I get so many complements on these. Thank you, again, for a truly beautiful product!!! :)”
- Leave a comment on this post and share your favorite thing to buy in bulk.
- Comments will close at 11:59 pm on Friday, May 17, 2013. Winner will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog on Sunday.
- Giveaway open to everyone.
- One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post.