About this project
THE REUSABLE BAG JUST GOT SACKED!
herbsack is a remarkable new line of tote bags made from hemp, cottons, blends and specially selected polyesters. Hemp, the strongest, most durable fiber, naturally resists mold and bacterial, grows organically, is biodegradable, sustainable and replaces plastic.
The reusable totes you've been carrying around are themselves carrying something in addition to your groceries. Their fatal flaw is that they become breeding grounds for bacteria, fungi, and other unwelcome visitors, microbial and viral.
Conventional reusable shopping bags, made from an assortment of recycled landfill items, are a handy convenience, but gather bacteria, fall apart quickly, yet never degrade. They can damage the environment when people discard them. Cleaning them is more trouble than replacing them.
Inspired and motivated by an article she read that stated “The Reusable Shopping Bag Business Is A Dirty One - Bacteria-Laden Reusable Grocery Bags Spread Disease,” Debra Reed founded herbsack in September 2013.
herbsack created a line of bags on the strength of the idea that an attractive, lightweight, washable, mold resistant shopping tote would be better.
herbsack carryalls long outlast conventional reusables. And they're cute, too. herbsack eco-friendly bags prove that doing right by Mother Nature can be a powerful fashion statement.
To give life to her dream, Deb joined TechShop, a haven for entrepreneurs, to learn how to create a new type of bag. It wasn't easy learning to sew on industrial machines, but with the help of Sean and Rebecca from TechShop, learn it she did.
After researching fabrics, threads, hems and seams, Deb created more than 50 prototypes. Finally, the bags you see here made the cut, and herbsack placed its first order with a U.S. factory.
We are proud and excited to debut our first collection of herbsack bags here on Kickstarter. We hope you love what you see.
Initially funded with personal funds and support from family, herbsack now needs your help to grow in the marketplace.
We ask that you support herbsack today by backing our project, and sharing the link to our Kickstarter campaign with your friends on email, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.Early bird backers receive a pre-release discount of 25% on the full retail price of the bags!
Every pledge helps fund a charity that is special to our family. We are donating at least 1% of gross Kickstarter revenues to: The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, The Organic Farming Research Institute, and The Hemp Industry Association.
Risks and challenges
Challenges are getting the ideal hemp fabric to make the bags. The weight and wash-ability are most important. Hemp fabric is scarce and expensive in the United States. Hemp is illegal to grow in the U.S.A because it is cannabis sativa, similar to marijuana. This will improve as the US Government slowly legalizes industrial hemp farming.
Generally, sourcing fabric can be difficult. Two bags were eliminated from the collection because the fabric we ordered was sold out. We did not find a substitute of the same quality in time for this campaign. Our factory showed us fabrics and bag styles that were easier for them to source and make. Consequently, we added some of those.
As we grow, our resources and contacts will grow. We hope to bring all natural bags to you in the future as we improve our sourcing.
On the positive side, we enjoy a good relationship with the largest importer of hemp fabric in the United States. We've learned that some countries manufacture and ship hemp more quickly than others. The fabric can be delayed at the U.S. port if there is a labor dispute, such as the one that just ended on the western coast of the United States.
Once the fabric is in our hands, we work with our factories in person to produce the bags. We provide a prototype to the factory, and they produce a pre-production sample for our approval. We go back and forth until the sample is 110% perfect. Currently, all the samples for the bags included in this campaign are approved.
After the factory creates a satisfactory sample, the bag is prepped for production, which includes ordering the fabric, labels and handles. From there the fabric is cut and sewn into bags, and then shipped to us.
We received 1 bag from India already, and can ship that out as soon as the campaign ends.
Our U.S. factory contracted with us to deliver the 11 bags in 4 to 6 weeks. We are promising the rewards in 8 to 10 weeks to account for possible delays.
The bag made in China will arrive in 12 weeks. We ordered hemp fabric from this same factory in China, and it was delivered swiftly. We are estimating delivery of that reward in 16 weeks, allowing for unexpected delays.
Currently, all of our fabric has arrived at the factories; all samples are approved; production is scheduled to begin for each bag. Our estimated delivery dates for rewards are between 8 and 16 weeks. We allowed time for unexpected delays.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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