You Just Need the Right In.Gredients

Much of what Bags for the People does is to give the public the tools necessary to effectively reduce their waste stream through the elimination of the need for plastic grocery bags and food packaging.  In.Gredients is the next step…

In.Gredients is a grocery store out of Austin, TX, that has decided to ditch packaging altogether!  They are sourcing as much local and organic food as possible and are offering it in bulk or simply fresh, just ripe for the taking in your own reusable bag!  Check out what they are all about:


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BFTP @ SPACECRAFT Sunday, 6/26, from 2 to 5pm

Come to SPACECRAFT Sunday, June 26th, from 2 to 5pm and learn to sew with Bags for the People!  Make a bag for yourself(we’ll teach you how to make our signature draw-string bag) and one for the patrons of SPACECRAFT(to help keep the shop disposable bag free)!


Sunday, June 26, 2 to 5pm

355 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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Keep Up To Date with BFTP on Facebook & Twitter

Keep up to date with all the latest Bags for the People photos, news, and events through Twitter and Facebook!

Bags for the People on Facebook

Bagsforthepeeps @ Twitter

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Plastic Bag Industry Sues Chico Bags

Via the New York Times

You know Chico Bags must be doing something right when the plastic bag industry takes them to court:

The lawsuit, filed by three leading plastic bag manufacturers, contends that ChicoBag (whose reusable bag, when compressed into its carrying pouch, looks like a slightly squished Hacky Sack) knowingly overstated figures like the size of the garbage patch in the Pacific Ocean and the number of marine creatures killed by eating plastic garbage.

Andy Keller, 38, the inventor of the ChicoBag and the company’s president, said Wednesday he believed the industry was going after a small competitor because “their product” had “become the poster child of unnecessary waste.” He added that the facts on his Web site “have been part of the public debate for years.”

The plastic bag companies are styling their case as a business one:

Mr. Rozenski styles his company’s lawsuit as a business case. “This is about a direct competitor making false and misleading claims within the marketplace. When ChicoBag is making these claims, it directly benefits Chico.”

Read the rest:

In a War of Words, Makers of Plastic Bags Go to Court by Felicity Barringer


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Photos from Bags at Etsy Labs

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We had a great night at Etsy thanks to the Etsy Crew and the many wonderful people who came and made the many beautiful bags!  Check out some of the responses to the workshop on

The bag was easy to make, and I’ll definitely put it to use! The “Bags for the People” people and Etsy staff were helpful, as always!

And, of course, check out the photos on Flickr:

BFTP @ Etsy Labs

Check out how to make our signature draw string bag in the video below:


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California Becomes First State to Ban Styrofoam Containers

Restaurants in the state of California will no longer be able to offer patrons Styrofoam containers starting in 2016, state legislators voted Friday.

The ban also applies to schools as well.  This is major progress as styrofoam pollutes our environment much in the same manner as plastic carry bags.  Read more from KTLA News below:

California Bans Styrofoam

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BFTP @ Etsy Labs Craft Night, June 6 from 4:15 to 6pm & 6:15 to 8pm

Join Bags for the People at the Etsy Labs Craft Night, Monday, June 6th for two sessions of bag making from 4:15 to 6pm and 6:15 to 8pm.  We will be teaching how to make the Bags for the People Draw String Tote out of donated materials.  Make a bag for yourself and make one to be given out at the Union Square Greenmarket.

Etsy Labs:

55 Washington Street, Suite 712 (7th floor) Brooklyn, New York, 11201

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Surfing for Change

Pro Surfer Kyle Thiermann and his organization, Surfing for Change, are tackling the problem of plastic ocean debris. With guests, Jack Johnson and Annie Leonard, you can see how to reduce your waste.

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Bag the Bag

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BFTP @ SPACECRAFT, BK: Sunday 5/22 from 2 to 5pm

Bags for the People will be at SPACECRAFT( teaching how to turn old clothes and fabrics into reusable bags! Bring an old article of clothing or some scrap fabric lying in your closet and we’ll help you to create a funky, personalized bag to use as your grocery getter or man/woman purse!

BFTP @ SPACECRAFT, Sunday, May 22 from 2pm to 5pm

355 Bedford Ave.

Brooklyn, NY 11211

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