I, Susie, was laying awake one night back in March worrying about our seasonal tourism based businesses that would most likely not open this summer, and thinking about the many other businesses that were currently being affected by Covid-19, when the “This Bag” idea popped into my head. So then I was really wide awake, but at least in a happy state, envisioning how this could all come to fruition. A few months month later, here we are. The sleepless dream realized.
Let’s stand together, and support businesses and causes that make up the framework of our community. They’ve closed their doors to help keep everyone safe, and now let’s return the favour and help keep their business stay safe and well. Please spread the word to your social network about this initiative and, of course, buy a bag (or three ; )
~ Susie & Bryan
Why a Bag?
One size fits all, and who doesn’t love a good tote? We also thought the act of wearing the bag could impact change in itself… perhaps strike up a conversation and create awareness.
We’ve also had orders from various clinics as gifts for their employees. Since the tote is washing machine friendly, they can easily throw their work clothes and bag straight into the wash.
And now that many parks and beaches are open, a tote is a lovely way to carry picnic faire and a blanket.
We live in a country that stretches a vast distance, so shipping can be expensive. We did a bunch of research about options, and then managed to fit a bag into an oversized envelope, fitting the requirements for just $3.85 shipping Canada wide! And we’re offering free shipping on orders of three bags or more.
We found a local manufacturer that is now opened back up, so our bags are being made in BC, supporting small businesses throughout the supply chain.
All bags are 100% natural cotton canvas. For the bag screen printing, we connected with a local printer whose business had been affected by COVID-19. The prints are done with an environmentally friendly water based process, creating a nice soft print that naturally wears as the bag does – instead of cracking as a Plastisol print can.
Stay tuned for a ‘recycled series’ we’ll be launching. Recognizing the waste that is being created in these times, we are working on a bag style created from material scraps, diverted from the landfill and repurposed into bags.