Where can Eco Joy Bags be used?
You can use Eco Joy Bags at any place that you would normally used thin, plastic bags. Farmers markets, health food stores, large grocery chains, etc. If you are unsure if a particular place accepts zero-waste shopping alternatives, be sure to ask prior to using the bags. I have never had a problem, but every store is unique.
Can Eco Joy Bags be used for fine powders?
Yes! They sure can. Use confidently for spices, flours, sugar and more! I often use mine for baking soda.
Can I order different colours in a set of 3?
Yes! If you would like to order a set of 3, but want 3 different colours simply order a correctly sized set of 3 and mention your colour preferences (per size if a small, medium, large set) in the "note to seller" section upon checkout.
Why don't these bags have drawstrings?
A drawstring cannot fully seal the opening of a bag. Most stores provide a tie of some sort for the dual purpose of an adequate closure as well as item identification. The absence of a drawstring allows the bag to be properly closed as well as still remaining as lightweight as possible.
Any tips from customers?
Eco Joy Bags come in a variety of colours. One great tip is to purchase each different size in a different colour. That way you will know instantly which colour (size) bag will suit your needs.
How to I care for my bags?
Simply shake out bag, rinse and hang to dry. Alternatively you can throw these in the washing machine with towels (zippers from clothes can catch on the bag!) on a cool water setting, with eco-friendly laundry detergent. I highly suggest scent free, as scent may linger in bags and transfer to food. Hang to dry.
May iron on low heat setting (Nylon setting) but be sure to test a small area first! Nylon can and does melt if not careful!
Can Eco Joy Bags be used for storage?
Eco Joy Bags are designed as a shopping bags rather than a storage bag. The idea is to have these bags always ready to go when grocery shopping. While there is no harm in storing dry goods in the bags, please understand that you store produce at your own risk. Fabric and moisture are not friends and as with any fabric there is a risk of mold if the conditions are right. Mold can be difficult to remove and will stain.
What is the difference between nylon and cotton?
Ripstop nylon bags are more durable, lighter in weight and more compact. They are very easy to fold up to carry with you and light enough not to need to weigh them prior to filling. Though not waterproof, it does carry some water resistance which is perfect for grocery or freshly washed produce. Although it is a man-made material, production uses much less water than cotton.
The organic cotton used for the bags is non-GMO and is grown and processed withouth the use of pesticides and chemicals. Organic cotton bags will compost at end-of-life. They have ties for ease of closure. Though they weigh slightly more, at only 24.5g you are paying very little if you don't pre-weigh.
Are your materials ethically sourced?
All our materials are ethically sourced. Our ripstop nylon is manufactured in the USA, and the organic cotton comes from Turkey and India from manufacturers who are in compliance with WRAP (Worldwide Responsible Apparel Production). WRAP ensures workers have a safe and healthy work environment, no child labour, fair wages, are treated with respect and are given workers benefits, among other things. More information can be found at http://www.wrapcompliance.org/
My bags are at their end-of-life, now what?
Both nylon and cotton bags can be brought to a textile recycling bin. These can be found at recycling centres and certain retailers. Simply search for textile recycling in your area.
How are the orders packaged?
Your order will have minimal packaging with no plastic. I use only rescued packing paper and hemp twine to wrap your items. The envelopes are from FSC certified paper. Some tape is used to affix the label for international orders and local orders include a stamp. Other than the stamp and the tape which cannot be avoided, the rest is completely compostable.