One of the things that has been so fun about starting our blog has been getting to know some of the small businesses who create and sell interesting things with our fabrics. One particular company that really got me excited is ReUsies, a small company that makes fabric sandwich bags. I found them on Twitter, and when I went to their website I just fell in love with them! I just had to buy these three Reusies below, they are soooo adorable!
I thought it would be interesting to talk with the gals behind this creative company, so we had a little Q & A…
Brandi: Where did the idea for ReUsies come from?
Karen: The idea for ReUsies came at the start of the school year when I realized my family of 4 was throwing away approximately 10 plastic baggies a day. It seemed like everything else in our school and work lunches were multi-use: lunch box, cloth napkin, water bottle, but there wasn’t a reusable baggie to hold the food contained. There was the option of storage containers but it seemed too cumbersome, especially for smaller children.
Karen: I approached my friend, Becky Harper (that I met when our children were in kindergarden together) because I knew she was a seamstress and also had a very entrepreneurial spirit. With her help we were able to create a solution to all of the waste, a ReUsie, which is a cotton bag lined with leak resistant nylon and sealed with Velcro. We gave them to our friends to use and give us feedback on and when we couldn’t sew enough to keep up with demand we realized we had a viable business on our hands.
Brandi: What is your selection process for new fabrics?
Karen: My partner and I try to select cotton prints that appeal to different demographics. Just because we love it doesn’t mean the rest of the world will! It has been great to find a wide variety to choose from at Clothworks and love the fact that it is a located right in our backyard. At Clothworks we have been able to find prints that will appeal to men and women as well as some great juvenile patterns.
Brandi: What do you envision for the future of ReUsies?
Karen: This first year in our business we learned a ton and next year we hope to focus on growth. Our goal is to increase our wholesale accounts and continue forming partnerships with schools. We really enjoyed working with schools across the country this Fall that wanted to use ReUsies as a fundraiser, we hope to do more of that this year.
If you’d like to get your own stash of ReUsies, just go to http://www.ReUsies.com, and enjoy their slick online ordering. Thanks, ReUsies Gals for inspiring me to be just a bit greener!