American Made Since 2012

Kristy Hennings

Esterville , Iowa
"Would you prefer paper or plastic?” The answer in my head always came back as neither really. They are both hard on the environment!

Tell us about your business.

Bag Again is a reusable produce bag for fruits and vegetables. Instead of using those plastic bags at the grocery store, why not use something that is environmentally friendly like Bag Again. It's reusable and made from 100% recycled materials right here in the United States. Using products like Bag Again, will reduce the amount of plastic bags in landfills. We have a simple belief that even the smallest thing, like a grocery bag, can have a large impact on a global movement towards saving not only the landfills, but our planet. For every plastic bottle that is recycled, we produce one Bag Again bag, thus lowering our carbon footprint and allowing us to reuse our waste. Bag Again will also help you to save money over the course of a year. On average a shopper goes to the store 2.5 times per week and a disposable bag costs the store $0.0141 per bag. So 2.5 x 52 weeks per year x 0.141 = $1.833 (savings per year, per average shopper).

What makes your business stand out?

Over 100 million plastic bottles are used every day in the world; 60 million in the United States. Only 29% of those are actually recycled. In general, it actually takes more water to manufacture a plastic bottle than they can hold. The stats get more staggering when production and distribution are factored into the process of creating a single bottle. That's why we're donating a portion of our profits to the Sierra Club; we recognize the impact bottles and produce bags (did you know a plastic bag can take 15 years to break down in a landfill?) have had on the environment and we want to do something about it.

What's the best business advice you've received?

Follow your passion and be persistent.

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    Aug. 31, 2015

    Final day for entering the Audience Choice Award competition.

    Oct. 19, 2015

    Final day to cast your vote for your favorite makers.

    Oct. 23, 2015

    2015 Editors' Award Winners and Audience Choice Winner announced.

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