Simply put, these bags are good for the environment because they can be reused and therefore reduce your waste. It is estimated that Americans generate 4 million tons of additional waste at the holidays, which is mostly made up of shopping bags and wrapping paper. We designed the bags to last for decades and through hundreds of reuses. Rather than hauling trash bags full of wadded up wrapping paper to the curb after each holiday or special event, with LivingEthos bags, all you do is fold them up and stash them away until your next gift-giving event. Or better yet, put them to creative reuse—they’re a great place to keep all those loose Lego parts or to store your bikini until summer comes. It’s a cinch and if every American did it, we could eliminate millions of tons of wrapping paper waste that end up in landfills each year.
The bags themselves are made of 100% cotton and the cinching ribbons are made of 100% recycled polyester, also called PET (think recycled soda bottles). We went to great lengths to source ribbon that is made of recycled PET, and we pay a premium for it, because we believe it’s important to use recycled materials in our products wherever possible. Call us crazy, but we even went so far as to make sure our care labels are made of recycled PET or organic cotton. The cardboard band wrapped around your gift bag set is made of 100% recycled paper and can be cut to make “to-from” tags for your gifts.