The Market Bags was established with a single vision in mind; eliminating single-use plastic bags. What started out as a trip to a local farmers market was the beginning of that journey.
It was the during this weekly trip in the summer of 2018, when reusable bags were first starting to make an appearance, that we realized that so many of them were still being manufactured overseas and of unsustainable fabrics, such as polyester mesh. Although reusable, these fabrics are still technically plastic and will end up in a landfill one day. We wanted to do better!
Our Canadian-made reusable bags represent a small step towards a better tomorrow with a positive impact on our environment. Using upcycled or sustainable and organic materials, we've created a line of truly eco-friendly reusable bags. We want to ensure future generations have a healthy and beautiful planet to experience, and because of this we've made it our mission to replace those pesky tear-off-the-roll plastic bags in grocery stores with reusable bags. We strive to inspire change in the daily life of those around the world.
1% Business Model:
Ensuring that everyone has access to healthy and nourishing foods is a priority for us. We donate 1% of all bag sales to the Sustainable Nourishment Program for the non-profit charity, Mamas For Mamas.
This program gives families access to not only food, but nutrient rich fresh foods; often grown locally.
To learn more about Mamas For Mamas, click here
Every step we make in our business has sustainability in mind; from using upcycled fabrics from thrift shops to sourcing eco-friendly fabrics from suppliers that we trust. We currently source our GOTS certified organic cotton fabrics from an ethical family run business in India. One of our ambitions is to support small suppliers in developing countries.
Our packaging is printed on 100% recycled card stock and is 100% recyclable; which we encourage you to do!
All online orders are shipped using certified home compostable mailers. Yes, this means that you can throw these in your compost after removing the label. Let the worms do the work! AND... We've installed an app called Offset - to determine our carbon footprint for shipping orders. Based on this, we pay a fee for carbon credits which is used for different global initiatives. Currently we're funding the Jarí Para Forest Conservation Project in the Amazon Rainforest.