Based in Ossining, New York, Ecobags is a woman-owned business that has been offering well constructed, responsibly produced, eco-friendly reusable bags since 1989. Founded with a simple mission to produce high-quality bags at great prices so that “reusable” becomes a way of life, Ecobags introduced its products at the 1990 Earth Day celebration on Sixth Avenue in NYC. The lightweight, expandable cotton bags that had been used in Europe for generations were a hit and sold out in four hours.
Ecobags has been working to create a world with less waste since then and has been called a “pioneer” and “social change agent.” Company founder and CEO Sharon Rowe and the Ecobags team want everyone to understand that there is no “away” when we throw away single-use plastic bags, and that each one of us has to do our part if we want to live in a clean environment. Bringing your own bags to the store is the first step of many steps towards a cleaner world.
Currently, Ecobags products are available through its online store and in retailers across the US. The company also makes custom totes for brands and events. Products have always been manufactured in a socially responsible manner, even before “social responsibility” was a buzz term. Ecobags’ production partners in India adhere to local labor laws and go beyond the minimum requirements by providing extended health coverage, pension plans, retirement benefits, vacations, and holidays. Rowe has personally visited India several times and has formed close relationships with the partners and their families.
Ecobags’ supply chain and manufacturing process are reviewed by third party agencies. The company’s organic materials are certified through the Global Organic Textile Standard, its factory holds SA8000 certification, and its products are fair wage and fair labor certified.. All inks used in printing the bags are PVC and phthalate-free and the dyes are AZO-free.