Post # 1
I’m working on my out of town welcome bags and I’m really trying to be somewhat green about them. We’re getting lots of local goodies ($$) but I’m having a hard time finding nice recycled gift bags. So, I was thinking, if anyone has extra bags they were going to toss I could buy or use them ? Has anyone found a good recycled bag site? I may go with cheaptotes.com in the end, but thought I would try to get advice or your extra bags before doing that. I’m open to them being different actually since everyone is staying at different locations on Cape Cod for my wedding.
Thanks for your help!!
Post # 3
I wasn’t sure on what size you wanted, but there’s an Etsy seller who does small totes/bags for pretty cheap:
Even if they aren’t organic, they’re homemade which is still pretty cool.
Post # 5
If you live close to a Whole Foods, they have some cute bags made out of recycled plastic bottles for only $.99 apiece.
(copy and paste the links – just clicking doesn’t seem to work.)
Post # 6
Hi, I have 25 extra bags. Sadly, they’re paper (brown kraft)…I bought them before I realized I could have gotten canvas totes for about the same price. Not so eco-friendly in the fact that they’re paper, but I probably would have tossed them in my recycling bin if I couldn’t find someone to buy them post-wedding. They’re from Paper Mart, the brown kraft ones:
PM me if you’re interested!
Post # 7
Ecobags has recycled PET and recycled cotton.
Another green idea is to get your guests a bag they’re likely to use again. I’m considering using Envirosax or Chico Bags – these totes fold up small for grocery shopping convenience.
Post # 8
I second the vote for reusable bags. They can be somewhat expensive, so we ended up buying fabric and my super-crafty mom is sewing them herself.
Post # 9
In my area, the supermarkets like Giant and Safeway sell reusable grocery bags for only $.99. Sometimes they say the name of the grocery store on them, but I have also seen ones that don’t. Also, Ace hardware stores often sell these kinds of bags, or you can order them online.
Post # 10
oh my gosh you girls rock. I’m stuffing invites at the moment but I’ll take a closer look and let you know what I figure out this weekend I hope! yay!
Post # 11
This site offers some recycled/reusable bags: http://www.cscpromo.com/eco-friendly.aspx
They do have big minimum quantities, but they’re customizable (and they offer eco-friendly ink!)
Post # 12
Nashville Wraps has a great set of eco-friendly packaging. You can buy in groups of 25 (or larger). They also have recylced tissue paper.
Post # 13
Cub foods sells some – they are called Earthwise bags – see mine here
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Post # 15
DO NOT ORDER FROM CHEAPTOTES.COM! I had a bad experience with this company! Yes, they may be the cheapest company out there, but there is a reason! First of all, the bags are pretty much the lowest quality I have ever seen. Just a step above a paper bag and they look like they will fall apart any second. I had ordered these to use as our welcome bags for our guests and had a certain design that I wanted printed on them (which wasn’t that elaborate). Wow! What a disappointment! First of all, the price QUICKLY goes up with any additional color that is in your design (I only had two). Secondly, I was sent a proof of what the bags would like with my design printed on them. It was pretty close to my design, but I had some concerns and they assured my they would change them and meet my needs. Had they said this wasn’t possible, I NEVER would’ve placed my order with them.
Now to the delivery….extreme dissapointment. There were at least 4 things on the bag that were wrong and did not match my design or description. Not to mention, I couldn’t believe how truly “cheap” these bags look and feel…guess that explains their title! I emailed the person that I was working on the design with (the one who assured me they were able to meet my design needs) and it took a good week to get back to me! On the front end of the project (when they were trying to get my money) they were fairly quick with the responses and eager to get the project done. Yet as soon as I needed an issue resolved, it literally took forever to get any sort of response (we went back and forth several times). And I had to send 2-3 emails for every 1 that would get responded to in order for someone to get back to me. To no surprise at this point, the response was a big fat, “NO” on any money back or reprinting my bags. And I am now in a position of having to order these bags again from another company.
Long story short….DO NOT ORDER FROM THIS COMPANY!!! Unless you want your guests to feel like they are getting a very cheap bag, that they will most likely throw away. They have HORRIBLE customer service and no product garauntee. They may be the cheapest, but they are absolutely not worth a single penny.