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herbsack is a remarkable new line of attractive, rugged, totes made of natural, biodegradable, clean, green, hemps, cottons and blends!
herbsack is a remarkable new line of attractive, rugged, totes made of natural, biodegradable, clean, green, hemps, cottons and blends!
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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. 

At the factory, examining the fabric quality with Dave, Bruce, Mario & Walt
At the factory, examining the fabric quality with Dave, Bruce, Mario & Walt
Shelby models the "Nicole Yellow Chevron Beach Tote"
Shelby models the "Nicole Yellow Chevron Beach Tote"
At the farmer's Market with the Janice Hemp Denim Tote
At the farmer's Market with the Janice Hemp Denim Tote

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. 

The Linda in Hemp, $75. Shown in Navy Trim. Also available in Black, Brown, Natural or Avocado Trim.
The Linda in Hemp, $75. Shown in Navy Trim. Also available in Black, Brown, Natural or Avocado Trim.
The Geri Hemp Shopper $38
The Geri Hemp Shopper $38
The Drew Recycled Tote, $14. Made from 50% Cotton, 30% Hemp, 20% Recycled Polyester.
The Drew Recycled Tote, $14. Made from 50% Cotton, 30% Hemp, 20% Recycled Polyester.
The Janice Hemp Denim & Ticking Tote $100
The Janice Hemp Denim & Ticking Tote $100
The Janice Hemp Denim & Ticking Tote, Back View
The Janice Hemp Denim & Ticking Tote, Back View
The Janice Hemp Denim Ticking Tote, Accessories View
The Janice Hemp Denim Ticking Tote, Accessories View
The Nicole Chevron Beach Tote $55
The Nicole Chevron Beach Tote $55
The Sarah Garden Tote  $25
The Sarah Garden Tote $25
The Bernadette Faux Burlap Tote  $25
The Bernadette Faux Burlap Tote $25
Dave's Dopp Kit in Navy Waxed Canvas  $29
Dave's Dopp Kit in Navy Waxed Canvas $29
The Zack Nantucket Red Canvas Prepster  $45
The Zack Nantucket Red Canvas Prepster $45
The Wolfgang Mesh Weave Tote $63
The Wolfgang Mesh Weave Tote $63
Wolfgang Mesh Weave Tote Zoom in View
Wolfgang Mesh Weave Tote Zoom in View
The Lily Organic Cotton Grommet Tote $15
The Lily Organic Cotton Grommet Tote $15
The Shelby Canvas Logo Tote $22
The Shelby Canvas Logo Tote $22
The Ava Pink Cupcake Cosmetic Case $10
The Ava Pink Cupcake Cosmetic Case $10

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.

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    You will receive an Ava Cupcake Cosmetic Case in pink velour with a sateen lining, featuring the Ellie Korde logo. The founder made this pouch her first day in sewing class. Made exclusively for herbsack's Kickstarter campaign backers. 100% polyester. Hand wash cold. Dry flat. Made in USA. Free U.S. Shipping.

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    The Drew Recycled Grocery Tote is made of 50% cotton, 30% hemp, and 20% recycled polyester. Lightweight but strong, this durable over-the-shoulder tote features wrinkle and stain resistant fabric. Designed to be the same size as the standard, paper grocery bag. Dimensions 14" tall x 12" wide x 7" deep. Shoulder length handles with a 10" drop for extra ease carrying groceries. Double fold binding trim for added detail and strength. Machine wash, tumble dry. Made in China. Includes free U.S. shipping.

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    The Lily 100% Organic Cotton Logo Tote with Grommets and Rope Handles. Made of certified 10 oz. Organic Cotton. Extremely strong rope handles held by metal grommets. Color: Natural. Dimensions: 14" tall x 14" wide x 5" deep. Shoulder length 22" handles with a 9" drop. Machine wash cold, tumble dry low, warm iron if needed. Made in India. Free U.S. shipping. 1% of gross sales from this bag will be donated to Organic Farming Research Foundation.

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    The Drew Recycled Grocery Tote is made of 50% cotton, 30% hemp, and 20% recycled polyester. Lightweight but strong, this durable over-the-shoulder tote features wrinkle and stain resistant fabric. Designed to be the same size as the standard, paper grocery bag. Dimensions 14" tall x 12" wide x 7" deep. Shoulder length handles with a 10" drop for extra ease carrying groceries. Double fold binding trim for added detail and strength. Machine wash, tumble dry. Made in China. Includes free U.S. shipping.

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    The Shelby Large Canvas Logo Tote in 100% natural 10 oz. cotton canvas, with a 7 oz. cotton canvas lining. Super strong double layer canvas with thick cotton webb handles for over-the-shoulder comfort. Logo printed on one side. Dimensions: 15" tall x 17" wide x 5" deep. Handles 1.5 " wide x 26" long. Machine wash cold, tumble dry low, warm iron if needed. Use press cloth when ironing over logo. Made in U.S.A. Free U.S. shipping. 1% of gross sales from this bag will be donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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    The Sarah Garden Tote or The Bernadette Faux Burlap Tote - Pick Either! Stain and wrinkle resistant. Made of Miliken sateen with brown lightweight polypropylene handles pinched at the top. Bag dimensions: 14" tall x 17" wide x 4.25" deep. Handles 1.5" wide x 26" long for comfortable fit over-the-shoulder. Hand wash cold. Dry flat. Made in U.S.A. Includes free U.S. shipping.

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    You will receive a limited edition Dave's Dopp Kit in 10 oz. Navy Waxed Canvas. Made exclusively for herbsack campaign backers. This is a lightweight dopp kit ideal for travel. Light grey lining in 100% nylon resists moisture. Heavy-duty, gold zipper closure. Brown faux leather strap attached by large, gold rivets. Dimensions 8.75" wide x 5" tall x 4" deep.
    Waxed canvas repels moisture. To clean rinse with water. Avoid detergents. Do not dry clean. To remove spots use a soft brush with a mild bar or saddle soap. Air dry. Folding waxed canvas creates marks, which are a part of the unique character of waxed canvas. Warm iron only with a press cloth. Made in U.S.A. Free U.S. shipping.

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    You will receive your choice of The Sarah Garden Tote or The Bernadette Faux Burlap Tote. Stain and wrinkle resistant. Made of Miliken sateen with brown lightweight polypropylene handles pinched at the top. Bag dimensions: 14" tall x 17" wide x 4.25" deep. Handles 1.5" wide x 26" long for comfortable fit over-the-shoulder. Hand wash cold. Dry flat. Made in U.S.A. Includes free U.S. shipping.

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    The Geri 100% Hemp Canvas Shopper. A medium weight hemp canvas, in a harvest wheat color. Hemp fiber is the strongest, most durable fiber. Like jeans, hemp wears in, not out. Dimensions: 14" tall x 12" wide x 7" deep. Generous shoulder length handles with a 10" drop. Double fold binding on top adds detail and strength. Hand or machine wash cold. Dry flat. Hot steam iron if needed. Made in San Jose, CA. Includes free U.S. shipping. 1% of gross sales of this bag will be donated to Hemp Industry Association to promote U.S. Industrial Hemp Farming.

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    Receive a set of 3 Drew Recycled Totes. Includes free U.S. shipping.

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    The Zack Nantucket Red Prepster. This Nantucket Red Canvas Tote is made with ultra luxurious 15 oz. cotton canvas. Lined with a contrasting Cadet Grey 10 oz. canvas for super stylish strength and durability. Bi-color, shoulder length contrast handles in over-the-shoulder length. Mini herbsack logo printed on one side. Dimensions 16" tall x 15" wide x 3.5 " deep. Perfect for carrying a laptop. Hand wash cold, dry flat. Warm steam iron if needed using press cloth. Made in U.S.A. Includes free U.S. shipping.

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    The Geri 100% Hemp Canvas Shopper. A medium weight hemp canvas, in a harvest wheat color. Hemp fiber is the strongest, most durable fiber. Like jeans, hemp wears in, not out. Dimensions: 14" tall x 12" wide x 7" deep. Generous shoulder length handles with a 10" drop. Double fold binding on top adds detail and strength. Hand or machine wash cold. Dry flat. Hot steam iron if needed. Made in San Jose, CA. Includes free U.S. shipping. 1% of gross sales of this bag will be donated to Hemp Industry Association to promote U.S. Industrial Hemp Farming.

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    Receive a limited edition Nicole Chevron Beach Tote. This Ellie Korde design was a favorite sewing class project of the Founder. Included in the campaign by popular demand by friends and family. Featuring rope handles with knots on the inside, through metal grommets. Fully lined. Inside zipper pocket, measures 8" x 8". Dimensions 14" tall x 14" wide x 5" deep. 100% polyester. Hand wash cold, hang dry. Made in U.S.A. Includes free U.S. shipping.

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    The Zack Nantucket Red Prepster. This Nantucket Red Canvas Tote is made with ultra luxurious 15 oz. cotton canvas. Lined with a contrasting Cadet Grey 10 oz. canvas for super stylish strength and durability. Bi-color, shoulder length contrast handles in over-the-shoulder length. Mini herbsack logo printed on one side. Dimensions 16" tall x 15" wide x 3.5 " deep. Perfect for carrying a laptop. Hand wash cold, dry flat. Warm steam iron if needed using press cloth. Made in U.S.A. Includes free U.S. shipping.

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    The Wolfgang Woven Mesh Tote in a mesh cane weave of silver, black and tan. Faux wicker body with handles made of wood dowel hidden under the fabric. Waterproof, vinyl coated polyester is mildew & fade resistant, lead- free, infused with Microban, an antimicrobial protection which helps prevent the growth of stain and odor-causing bacteria.Will not fade. Simply hose off with soap and water. May use dish detergent, water and a drop of bleach solution to clean, if desired. Dimensions are 19" wide x 14" tall x 5" deep. The handle cutout beneath dowel measures 5.5" wide x 2.5" tall. Made in U.S.A. Includes free U.S. shipping.

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    The Wolfgang Woven Mesh Tote in a mesh cane weave of silver, black and tan. Faux wicker body with handles made of wood dowel hidden under the fabric. Waterproof, vinyl coated polyester is mildew & fade resistant, lead- free, infused with Microban, an antimicrobial protection which helps prevent the growth of stain and odor-causing bacteria.Will not fade. Simply hose off with soap and water. May use dish detergent, water and a drop of bleach solution to clean, if desired. Dimensions are 19" wide x 14" tall x 5" deep. The handle cutout beneath dowel measures 5.5" wide x 2.5" tall. Made in U.S.A. Includes free U.S. shipping.

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    The Linda and Pete 100% Pure Hemp Tote is made of rare 16 oz. Romanian hemp in a tight weave for stiffness. The trim and handles are made of contrasting fine quality 16 oz. Chinese hemp. Handles wrap underneath bag for extra strength. Your choice of 5 trim colors: Natural (no dye), Black, Brown, Navy or Olive. Sewn with heavy duty nylon thread. Exterior pocket on front. Ultra long shoulder length handles 1.25" wide with 11" drop. Top trim is hemmed under for a clean finish. Hemp is the strongest, most durable fiber. Hemp wears in, not out. Bag dimensions: 14.5" tall x 16" wide x 6.5" deep. Made in USA. Includes free U.S. shipping. 1% of gross sales from this bag will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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    The Linda and Pete 100% Pure Hemp Tote is made of rare 16 oz. Romanian hemp in a tight weave for stiffness. The trim and handles are made of contrasting fine quality 16 oz. Chinese hemp. Handles wrap underneath bag for extra strength. Your choice of 5 trim colors: Natural (no dye), Black, Brown, Navy or Olive. Sewn with heavy duty nylon thread. Exterior pocket on front. Ultra long shoulder length handles 1.25" wide with 11" drop. Top trim is hemmed under for a clean finish. Hemp is the strongest, most durable fiber. Hemp wears in, not out. Bag dimensions: 14.5" tall x 16" wide x 6.5" deep. Made in USA. Includes free U.S. shipping. 1% of gross sales from this bag will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

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    The Janice Denim Hemp Tote with Striped Ticking Lining. This fashionable Tote is made of 10 oz. Indigo denim that is 63% hemp and 37% organic cotton. The striped mattress ticking lining is heavy duty 10 oz. cotton for superior strength. The back features a double pocket great for stashing a phone, keys and sunglasses. Featuring tanned faux leather handles attached by rivets. The plain denim fron features the herbsack label. Shoulder length handles are 5/8" wide by 24" long, for a 10" strap drop. Bag dimensions 13" tall x 15" wide x 5" deep. Pocket dimensions 9.5" wide x 7" tall. (4.5" wide on left and 5.5" wide on right.) Hand wash cold water, mild detergent. Dry flat. Warm steam iron. can be dry cleaned. Includes free shipping. Made in U.S.A.

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    The Janice Denim Hemp Tote with Striped Ticking Lining. This fashionable Tote is made of 10 oz. Indigo denim that is 63% hemp and 37% organic cotton. The striped mattress ticking lining is heavy duty 10 oz. cotton for superior strength. The back features a double pocket great for stashing a phone, keys and sunglasses. Featuring tanned faux leather handles attached by rivets. The plain denim fron features the herbsack label. Shoulder length handles are 5/8" wide by 24" long, for a 10" strap drop. Bag dimensions 13" tall x 15" wide x 5" deep. Pocket dimensions 9.5" wide x 7" tall. (4.5" wide on left and 5.5" wide on right.) Hand wash cold water, mild detergent. Dry flat. Warm steam iron. can be dry cleaned. Includes free shipping. Made in U.S.A.

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    Pledge $150 or more About $150

    Receive 1 Linda & Pete Bag, and 1 Jancie Bag. Includes free shipping. Made in U.S.A.

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    You select any 5 bags!

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    You select any 10 bags!

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    Name a bag after yourself or a loved one in our next collection! A donation of 1% or more will be spread among the charities named above.

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    Corporate Backer: We will design a collection of bags for your company featuring your corporate identity. A donation of 1% or more will be spread among the charities named above.

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    The Founder's Award. Receive all of the above rewards, and in addition to our heartfelt gratitude, you will receive a very special Thank You published on our website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, blog, and social media pages. A donation of 1% or more will be spread among the charities named above.

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