FREQENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Are the bags strong?
Yes! Grocery stores use double layered bags for heavy loads. Local Bags are triple layered, reinforced, and have real handles. The handle attachments alone have no less than 11 layers of materials reinforcing each attachment. If you read the testimonials, you’ll see that many customers describe their bags as “sturdy” and “strong”.
How long do the bags last?
There is no exact way to measure how long a bag will “live”. It depends on how you use and take care of it. As a guestimated average I would say you can expect a good year-ish of use if you follow the Care suggestions below. Some customers I know have had them over 2 years, and counting. (Handles should last a lot longer, and can be saved and re-used on new bags.) When bags do eventually wear out, you can take the artwork (if any) and do something else with it — frame it, make a card, collage it on a new bag… breathe new life into a piece of the original bag.
What are the bags made of?
Local Bags are made of 3 layers of new, supermarket-grade brown paper bags, reinforcement materials, stainless steel hardware, and real handles. The handles are usually upcycled from old belts or purse handles.
The bags are paper. What if they get wet?
Good question. I would say you shouldn’t throw your bag in the pool (although one customer said she took her bag boating, it got completely soaked, she dried it out in the sun, and it lived to tell the tale!) A small amount of moisture, say from carrying cold dairy products, will not hurt the bag — it will dry out well if you leave the bag open for air to circulate. You can place a dish towel in the bottom of the bag, or use (re-use?) plastic bags to wrap products you are worried might spill or sweat too much.
Are the bags recyclable?
Yes, partially. If the bag is not painted or sealed, the outermost and innermost bags can be put into the paper recycling bin once you have removed the corner protectors, the handles and hardware (which themselves can be re-used on a new bag). Use scissors to cut away the grommets and separate the 3 layers. If the bag is painted or sealed, only the innermost layer will be easily recycled. The greatest advantage to the bag ecologically is its longevity and capacity to be used and re-used.
Where are Local Bags made?
The bags are made in La Mesa, California.
Is Local Bag saving the earth?
Yes! I mean, no. Well, kinda, a little bit. By using your Local Bag, you are making a positive change in our environment. If you use your Local Bag just once a week, instead of using a new double-layered bag at the grocery store, you save 101 bags a year. (52 weeks times 2 bags a week, minus 3 bags used to make the Local Bag). Multiplying that by each U.S. adult would = 24, 442, 000, 000 bags saved a year! In addition, much of a Local Bag can be recycled.
Are all the bags the same?
The construction of the bag itself is always the same, but the decoration is usually unique (except for plain bags). The bags are made by hand and even when a bag order is requested to look like a previous one, it will always have some detail — a color, handles, a hanging bag charm — that makes it different.