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joni kirby says ...
Great idea for the bags..let’s get more celebrities involved, maybe Barack will design one!!!
10/30/2008 11:01:47 AM CDT
Angela says ...
How about one with wildlife on it?
10/30/2008 11:42:27 AM CDT
Carmela Candelas says ...
Who is the manufacturer of these bags? And are made in the USA? Thanks. CC
10/30/2008 12:17:06 PM CDT
hsiaw says ...
@Carmela The Better Bags are made in China. This is indicated on the bag’s inner tag. A third party audit has ensured the manufacturer meets our expectation regarding the fair treatment of workers, product safety standards, and environmental stewardship.
10/30/2008 12:56:36 PM CDT
Shelly says ...
Too bad the same concept can't be applied and have the bags made here in the United States. That would just add one more plus to the bags being available. (Is there anyway to purchase these bags online, without having to drive a great distance to the nearest Whole Foods?)
10/30/2008 2:57:10 PM CDT
hsiaw says ...
@Shelley 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.
10/30/2008 3:04:20 PM CDT
Susan says ...
Great new bag, can't wait to buy one. You should have new bags bi-annually from other 'green' celebrities. Great promotion idea for both you and the need for everyone to use reusable bags. In regards to someone previously saying you needed a bag for frozen items, you already have them available (at least in California) and they are great! The insulated bags (blue side saying 'Cool Down' and the red side saying 'Warm Up') work wonderfully for all frozen and refrigerated items or for hot items, if you've bought dinner at the prepared-food stations. The bags themselves are much more usable than the ones they sell at Trader Joes because I've tried them both and yours are designed and sized the best.
10/30/2008 3:44:20 PM CDT
mandara says ...
Are these bags made in China though? I have trouble supporting that, even though the bags reduce waste. Please try to make bags locally and from recycled materials- Thanks!
10/30/2008 8:49:31 PM CDT
Suzi says ...
Ditto on the request for reusable bags for fruits/veggies/bulk. Someday? I too second the notion that longer handles would help the commuters, AND, of course made in the USA would absolutely make a better statement. I know that the consumers would pay more for something with handle options and made locally. Cheers!!
10/31/2008 4:17:16 PM CDT
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
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
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
Steve SIlver says ...
Sheryl's bag is not recyclable. Why not think this whole thing through and market a bag made from recycled materials that can be recycled over & over?
11/04/2008 10:04:53 AM CST
Madison says ...
We think that you should not use plastic bags as an option for bagging groceries. We know that you give out bags that are recycled and you often give out paper bags but plastic bags are just awful for the environment and wildlife. If you would please go to the the site below we would appreciate it very much. The site will tell you about the affects of plastic bags. http://www.buzzle.com/articles/environmental-pollution-the-harmful-effects-of-plastic-bags.html Sincerely, Emma and Madison
11/07/2008 11:39:49 AM CST
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Carolyn says ...
I did buy one of the small bags and find it handy. Just a resource for others, www.reusablebags.com has bags with long and short handles, ultra-compact bags that roll or fold up and lots of other types from a wide range of materials including organic and recycled cotton, hemp, etc. Glad to see more people getting into bringing their own bags every day!
08/04/2009 9:40:00 AM CDT

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