Bags for the People is a non-profit organization that protects the environment by reducing plastic bag waste through reusable bag sewing workshops. During each workshop environmental education and community interaction is coupled with hands on creative expression, to not only facilitate the switch from throw-away to reusable, but to inspire positive action in life.
Bags for the People began early in 2009 with three friends who worked at the Union Square Farmers Market in New York City. They observed an exorbitant use of plastic bags each and every day of the market and felt it was necessary to make a positive change. In an effort to curb plastic bag use, they began making re-usable bags from repurposed clothing and fabric, giving them out for free at the market. From this modest initial action, Bags for the People has evolved into the organization that it is today.