Woman Vows to Kill Bacteria 1 Reusable Bag at a Time
Eco-bag Company herbsack Begins Kickstarter Campaign
April 23, 2015 (San Jose, CA) Many consumers have taken the environmentally responsible step of toting reusable bags to the grocery store. Unfortunately, those reusable bags can get as dirty as the bottom of your shoes, exposing your groceries and your family to food-borne bacteria. What can be done?
Enter herbsack, which designs and sells reusable shopping bags made of hemp, a biodegradable material that naturally resists mold and bacteria. The woman-owned company has launched a 30-day Kickstarter campaign designed to begin production on a line of reusable, washable shopping bags made of hemp, organic cotton, blends, and specially selected polyesters that greatly reduce the chance of bacteria carriage. The campaign begins on 4/20/2015 and ends 5/19/2015. Here is the link:
herbsack products will subsequently be available for purchase at herbsack.com.
Like many of us, businesswoman Debra Reed had been using reusable grocery bags made of laminated, woven polypropylene. When her CA municipality, San Jose, banned single-use plastic bags due to their harmful effects on the environment, the incidence of food-borne illness increased.
After reading an article about bacteria spread by reusable bags made of laminated woven polypropylene, Reed became concerned. At the same time, she read that hemp naturally resists mold and bacteria, is natural and biodegradable. Consequently, she decided to act on this concept to make a bag good for people and good for the environment. During weekends, Reed began creating bags at TechShop, a prototyping and fabrication studio in San Jose.
After surveying friends and family, Reed concluded that one bag would not satisfy the needs of all shoppers. One friend wanted a bag she could "throw in the wash every week that would look good out of the dryer." While others wanted something more heavy duty and fashionable. So, she decided to offer a range of reusable bags in a variety of fabrics from lightweight, inexpensive and wrinkle resistant, to heavyweight, upscale and durable.
To avoid contracting a food borne illness from reusable shopping bags, people can modify their behaviors in three ways:
- Bringing a washable, reusable, shopping bag to the market.
- Use a separate bag for meat, fish, poultry, and eggs to avoid cross contamination of food through leaking meat or a broken egg.
- Wash bags regularly with soap and water.
Herbsack will donate 1% or more of gross Kickstarter campaign revenues divided among four charities: Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Organic Farming Research Institute, and the Hemp Industry Association.
About Debra Reed:
Founder and president of herbsack, Debra Reed, is a graduate of Choate Rosemary Hall, Boston College and Santa Clara Law. Deb started her career in equity trading on the New York Stock Exchange, then worked in Banking and Investments. After earning her MBA, Deb worked as a Management Consultant at PWC. Deb moved to San Francisco to manage investment portfolios at a major bank. She passed the bar exam and is admitted to practice law in three states, CA, NY & NJ. While working as an Attorney at Google in Mountain View, Deb founded herbsack in September 2013. To give life to her dream, Deb learned industrial sewing and created the herbsack prototypes. herbsack placed their first order with a U.S. factory in February 2015.
About herbsack: Founded in 2013 by Debra Reed, herbsack aspires to become a leading maker of attractive tote bags offering healthy options for the individual, as well as for the earth. Based in San Jose, CA, herbsack is a certified woman-owned business, dedicated to empowering women, good health, and protecting the environment. Find herbsack products at herbsack.com.
Contact: For inquiries and interviews with Debra Reed, contact