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hsiaw says ...
@amy You can contact the Whole Foods nearest you and ask if they would be willing to ship some to you. http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/all/index.php#wi
10/23/2008 4:30:30 PM CDT
tdeguzman says ...
if i had known about the bags a week ago, i might have seen them. i just came back from WF an hour ago and didn't spot them, otherwise i would gotten one because i like the design. are they sold out already?
10/23/2008 4:30:40 PM CDT
darrin says ...
there is no whole food market in my area (deeply depressesd). is there any way to purchase these bags online, so i can enjoy them too.
10/23/2008 4:37:10 PM CDT
Zanny says ...
I think there are plenty of plastic bottles on the face of the earth to make these bags, even if we quit using plastic bottles today. I agree about longer and thicker straps... Also would be nice to roll up and velcro it into a nice shape for easy carry into stores. I find I bring these bags in my trunk but they can be akward to carry in more than a couple at one time, if they rolled up newspaper like, then had a tie or strap like a sleeping bag.. Thanks
10/23/2008 5:21:44 PM CDT
Zanny says ...
PS: A plain pattern bag with a set of markers - the kids could draw on them ..would be a great way to encourage the kids and show off their art work.. keep them busy while shopping.....just an idea
10/23/2008 5:26:01 PM CDT
Peggy says ...
I have some reusable bags that have 2 sets of handles built in . A short pair that you can hold in your hand and a long pair for the shoulder. Kind of double handles. They are wide and heavy and you get the versatility of using one or the other depending on the situation or load.
10/23/2008 6:02:17 PM CDT
Linda P. says ...
I haven't seen the bags in person yet, but from the website picture they look very pretty as well as cool. A great design! A darker colored bag would keep its fresh, like-new appearance for a longer time. The shorter handles are a godsend, particularly for short people or for people with shoulder and/or disc ailments. I, personally, would not purchase a bag with longer handles.
10/23/2008 6:12:20 PM CDT
Tina G says ...
Definitely would like to see WF use something other than plastic bottles only for the sake of what we are learning now about the chemicals used to make those plastic bags...really scary when you think of them sitting in your vehicle during the heat of the day. I do want to say also that being able to recycle them would be nice as well. I have one of the older WF bags (blue with red straps) that one of the seams is coming undone so it's life expectancy is not much longer...what to do with it afterward? I have tons of reusable bags and love them all, but definitely would love to see something that embodies all that your company represents.
10/23/2008 6:12:25 PM CDT
terry p says ...
i like the new bags, very cute. as for suggestions for new bags, i would like to suggest a slogan of "go local" and have each region have a contest with its local area school to design artwork to represent the locally grown produce or products. it's a great way to get the community excited.
10/23/2008 9:05:56 PM CDT
Karin deV. says ...
One lady showed me a 'Green' bag with compartments for bottles (4 ~ velcro-held flap-compartments: 2 on opposite sides). I looked inside her bag and the compartments looked very practical! She had purchased a package-of-6 at Costco for less than $4.95. "But this style has been discontinued. All they carry now is a large bag, without those round velcro held-flaps for bottles. I guess most customers prefer a simple large bag..." Well, I only shop for myself, and a small version of the bag that lady had is just perfect for me, and those compartments are a big PLUS! KdV
10/23/2008 9:06:07 PM CDT
Mary Jo says ...
I have your bright color bags with the fruit on them and love them! I don't leave on a shopping trip without them. I have to say I like the fact that you can get a smaller bag now because sometimes when the big bags are full they can get pretty heavy. But I do not like the color of the new bags I think if you are going to carry a bag it sould be bright and fun!
10/24/2008 9:17:08 AM CDT
Nancy says ...
Love the new bag because it is easier to fill than my cotton bags are, but really wish they were made in the USA.
10/24/2008 10:32:24 AM CDT
hsiaw says ...
@tdeguzman Check with Customer Service at your local Whole Foods. I do not believe bags have sold out at any of our stores as of today.
10/27/2008 9:11:28 AM CDT
hsiaw says ...
@darrin Check with your nearest Whole Foods and see if they would be willing to ship some bags. You can find contact information for our stores here: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/all/index.php
10/27/2008 9:12:14 AM CDT
Diane Eblin says ...
Love the little tote. Used it as a gift bag this week for a friend. She was delighted she got 2 gifts.
10/29/2008 3:56:17 PM CDT
Fran says ...
Have you thought about making the bags so that they fold up small, possibly collapse? I've seen other bags that have snaps so that they stay tightly closed. The fold up nice so that you can tuck them in your purse or another bag.
10/29/2008 4:17:17 PM CDT
Martha says ...
I LOVE the bags with shorter handles - I can't carry things on my shoulders and I've been hoping for something like this! I'm also thrilled that you've come out with a smaller version - I often run to the store for just a few things and have opted to use a smaller paper bag since the reusable is just too big. Thanks for all of this! My idea would be to make some without "cute" designs - I'd use the bag for more of everything if it were plain but in a great color. That would also tie in with your gift giving idea, since a solid color or simple repetitive design would go with more things.
10/29/2008 5:06:27 PM CDT
Susan says ...
I second the request for foldable /collapsible bags that can be tucked inside a handbag or tote. Thanks
10/29/2008 5:10:30 PM CDT
Lori says ...
Even with bringing my own shopping bags and avoiding plastic packaging as much as possible, I feel like I still leave the store with more plastic than I'd like. How about some small washable WF bags for fruits and veggies, that could be used for bulk foods too?
10/29/2008 8:19:13 PM CDT
Candy says ...
I ditto Peggy's comment about the double handles. I have a reusable bag from REI that has 2 sets of handles that I use all the time. Here's a picture of it: http://www.rei.com/product/777585
10/29/2008 8:20:26 PM CDT
Jo Ann Collins says ...
I have a great idea to promote "going green" with those who really need to know........our children. Promote school gardens with a Whole Foods Market bag designed by a child. In the Fort Worth area several schools have been funded by a grass roots organization called Real School Gardens. Check out the website www.realschoolgardens.org for more info. They fund low income schools with money to build a outdoor learning environment. We need to prepare our children to take care of our earth and eat the harvest it can provide!
10/29/2008 10:18:18 PM CDT
Jacqueline Jakle says ...
It's fun to keep updating not only the bag designs, but also the features of the bags. I am concerned about recycling plastic due to the unsafe chemical content. I have 2 of the original hot/cold quilted bags (red and blue) and 6 of the original green bags, which I keep in my car inside a larger canvas bag, along with several organic cotton net bags I use for produce and fruit when I shop. I also keep a medium size tote bag in the car that holds a stainless steel thermos for water, coffee and a snack for days when I'm running errands. One of my observations when I am shopping at WF is that the people who put the groceries in my "green" bags stuff them so full that I cannot even lift them! Please instruct the "baggers" how to load the green bags. Thanks!
10/30/2008 7:22:12 AM CDT
Arayna says ...
Love that you have added a smaller version, sometimes you only need to pick up one or two small items. I agree, you should come up with an insulated bag such as the ones from Dryers for frozen items. Thanks
10/30/2008 9:58:20 AM CDT
Stephanie says ...
I looked at the pictures after the reply that the large bag has straps long enough to get on your shoulder and I agree a smaller person could do so. Unfortunately I don't fit in that category and once winter hits, it would never fit over my winter coat. Could there be two versions, one with the current straps and one with longer (at least double the current length)? That'd be awesome!
10/30/2008 10:00:35 AM CDT
Kim says ...
Love these reusable bags! I can't stop buying them, and I take them everywhere with me. I also love the fact that you redesign the bags; this keeps the program fresh and unique. I would also like to see a bag for frozen food. Since I do not have access to Whole Foods in NJ (I don't have a car) and I work in Manhattan, I transport my food home via bus. Usually the trip takes 25 minutes, however, if the bus gets stuck in traffic (which it has, on many occasions), and I'm bringing home cold or frozen food, I'd like to know that I have a bag that would keep the contents reasonably cold. I would also like to comment on the Whole Foods canvas fold-up cart that I bought last year. In theory, the cart is a great product, however, the rough NYC concrete shredded a portion of the cart. I used electrical tape to fix it, but it only peeled off. If you are considering bringing these carts back (and really, I think you should), then I would like to suggest to make the bottom part better reinforced by using recycled tires or some other material. Thanks for all of the recycling offers that Whole Foods provides; keep up the good work!
10/30/2008 10:44:54 AM CDT

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