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Lauren Shepherd says ...
I love these new bags! I just bought 7 of them today! I have an idea! It can either be for the reuseable bags or the metal reuseable water bottles I've been seeing lately. My friends and I have started teasing each other when we do something that isn't eco friendly by calling each other "eco-criminals." It's a catchy term that is very relevant right now. It'd be something fun to have on a bag. With cool art work. Anyways just a thought. Don't be eco-criminals!!! REDUCE, REUSE, and RECYCLE!!!
10/15/2008 10:00:45 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
Stacey K. says ...
Ugg, I went to WF this afternoon and they did not have them yet! They said it would be another day or two till they come in. Needless to say that I have to drive 43miles to my closest WF and went there today esp. for these (and other items!). I wanted to get there the first day cause I didn't know how quick they would sell out. Hope they still have them when I can get there again.
10/15/2008 8:17:50 PM CDT
hsiaw says ...
@Silas Thanks for your suggestions. We actually put out a press release about the new bag last month: http://media.wholefoodsmarket.com/pr/wf/national/9-4-08sherylcrowbetterbag.aspx and if you do a quick Google search of 'Whole Foods Sheryl Crow' - you'll see that it's been picked up by lots of blogs and traditional media.
10/15/2008 1:37:59 PM CDT
hsiaw says ...
@Kristen The straps are actually quite long and you can see from the slideshow image up on our website this week that they are easy to carry on the shoulder: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/. As to your other question, the bags have been independently tested in third party facilities to be able to hold up to 76 lbs. without ripping or tearing, so you should be able to get a considerable amount of usage out of them before you have to worry about breakage. The bags are made of 80% post-recycled PET bottles and 20% polypropylene - unfortunately, because of the mixed plastic content, there are no facilities currently available to recycle these bags and they cannot be recycled. Thanks for your questions!
10/15/2008 2:54:15 PM CDT
S, Silas says ...
Please try to get Melissa Etheridge to design one. She's totally into the green... I'd buy a bunch of them for gifts!! May I suggest promoting this initiative more via the media? I just happened to see this while searching your website and don't recall seeing/hearing anything else about it anywhere. Fantastic idea. Push it. Cheers, s
10/15/2008 1:14:22 PM CDT
Elizabeth Yarnell says ...
I hope these bags really catch-on -- everyone should have a pile of canvas shopping bags at home! I use them for toting everything from groceries to soccer gear to clothing purchased from department stores. I try to bring my own bags where ever I shop and usually store a stack in the trunk of my car to keep them handy. Sheryl Crow's cool artwork makes this one exceptionally desirable!
10/15/2008 2:00:43 PM CDT
Patrice says ...
I'd love shoulder length straps. I'm in NYC and typically get on a train or a bus post Whole Foods and it would be less cumbersome with shoulder length straps.
10/15/2008 2:12:55 PM CDT
hsiaw says ...
@Patrice Thanks for your feedback. I'll forward your great suggestion to the team that handles bag design.
10/15/2008 2:17:01 PM CDT
Kristen says ...
Second on the longer straps. If I can't sling it on my shoulder, it's not going to get as much use from me. Also, if it breaks/rips/is otherwise rendered unusable, can I recycle it (again)?
10/15/2008 2:48:27 PM CDT
Kate says ...
These are fantastic! I can't wait to buy this one and future bags. BTW, I found this page through Twitter (I'm in marketing and know how important lead information is, so I try to pass it on).
10/15/2008 2:52:57 PM CDT
Janice says ...
I bought the little today and absolutely love it! It held more items than I expected; I walked a mile home and it is strong; however, I would love a long strap too! (suggested above). I was brainstorming on my way home and I thought of a few other ideas that I would love to create... If I could design my own bags it would be so much fun! What do you think of the possiblility of having a bag designing contest?
11/16/2008 8:59:33 PM CST
Phyllis says ...
I would happily pay more for a bag made in the USA!!
11/01/2008 1:14:56 PM CDT
Linda Harville says ...
I have found that the WF bags hold up better than any others with the exception of GreenBags, purchased on line. For someone who was looking for the bottle bags, they are available at GreenBags as are compact bags for your purse. However, WF bags are made well, hold up to many uses and are affordable because it is a pain to have to order, pay for shipping and buy multiples unless you are sharing. My daughters and I have been using our own bags for many years and are glad to see it has now come into vogue although I do wish there was more advertising to promote this practice. I have friends that have never heard or thought of the concept. I will also add that the WF bags have handles that work well over the shoulder which is great! Love them, keep up the good work
11/02/2008 10:06:22 AM CST
ABell says ...
I'd love to see the design opened up to the public to submit they're own. There are a lot of designers/illustrators/artists that care about the environment and it'd be nice to see different peoples interpretations about being green. It'd be even more fun to let everyone vote on which one they'd like to be seen carrying!
11/03/2008 4:48:57 PM CST
John FitzRandolph says ...
I have to ask: why are we still making bags from non-renewable resources (petroleum-based polyprop) and I've heard that these are just ending up in the landfill with all the other 99 cent polypropylene bags (according to our county solid waste management personnel)! Granted they are better than single use plastic, but they are likely to last 6 mo- 1 year depending upon usage. WFM should be supporting organic cotton - I've had my EcoSac brand of cotton canvas, string and produce bags for over 18 years! Raised a family of four, shopping farmer's markets and grocery shopping w/ weekly washings & although faded and worn, still going strong!!
11/03/2008 3:05:37 PM CST
kerry says ...
Does anyone know where I can purchase re-useable bags for students at an elementary school (500 kids). I would love to order the Whole foods ones if possible. I don't have a big budget!
12/08/2008 10:04:45 PM CST
Linda says ...
I can't buy enough of the smaller bags -- my kids take them to school as lunch bags, I use them as gift bags -- so many uses! Great idea!!!!! Thank you for being innovative!
12/08/2008 5:14:29 PM CST
Crystal says ...
I don't live near a whole foods, and I'm really into the Sheryl Crow bag. I was wondering how I would get one??
12/14/2008 10:25:31 PM CST
hsiaw says ...
@Crystal Best thing to do if you want a bag, but live far away from a store is to call your nearest store and see if they will ship you some.
01/09/2009 3:27:34 PM CST
Rhonda says ...
It would be great to have a bag designing contest! Would love to be a part of it!
12/28/2008 11:38:13 PM CST
swdhj says ...
Wow. 80% post-consumer plastic shipped to the other side of the Earth, bags made in China, then shipped back again to the US. I love my home, planet earth, indeed! Now that's what I call sustainable.
01/08/2009 10:01:26 PM CST
mumi says ...
Hi,love all your reusable bag !!! i tend to get every design i fancy. i just have a question how often do you change the bag design in the store? i give them as gifts to friend as a way to encourage them to use reuseable bag and it work ! if they find the bag pretty they tend to use them more often .i also miss the canvass/cotton bag you used to have... bring them back !
03/26/2009 10:48:47 AM CDT
Andrew says ...
The small bag is very useful, though the design should change over time. Do we need more celebrity focus? The real problem is that they are made in China. I agree with the others who have said the bag should be made locally. Short of that, make your label say what you said above, that the manufacturer has been checked out. Right now, it just says "Made in China." Too much of a conflict for me to buy another.
04/20/2009 6:29:00 AM CDT
ethan says ...
Have Sheryl Crow design a ChicoBag. I would buy one then. These bags you have now are silly.
08/06/2009 11:07:24 AM CDT

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