Each bag made after 2014 is initialed or signed by the woman who made it and their profiles and pictures are on the SEAMSTRESSES page of our website.
When wrapping your presents, consider this:
– In the U.S., annual trash from gift-wrapping and shopping bags totals 4 million tons (source: Use Less Stuff)
– From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, household waste increases by more than 25%. Added food waste, shopping bags, packaging, wrapping paper, bows and ribbons all add up to an additional 1 million tons a week to our landfills (Source: EPA)
– If every family reused just two feet of holiday ribbon, the 38,000 miles of ribbon saved could tie a bow around the entire planet (Source: CalRecycle)
– Half of the paper America consumes is used to wrap and decorate consumer products (Source: The Recycler’s Handbook, 1990)
The concept first originated from one of our founder’s spouse, who being either lazy or – as he likes to say – environmentally friendly, insisted on wrapping all presents in pillowcases. Inspired by this (or tired of all the missing pillow cases around the holidays), founders Jan Ito and Lianne Aoyagi created a design using ribbon and remnants from quilting supplies. Since the early 2000’s, the bags have been in use between family and friends with many compliments and people asking, “where can I get these?”
Because of the very simple design, low cost, and ease of transportability, the founders of Seeds to Sew felt that this was a perfect project to pilot a basic sewing program. We are very encouraged with the results and the positive impact it has already made for the women involved!