Frequently Asked Questions

Questions about environmental responsbility

Recent studies have started looking at the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of bags, where they study in a holistic fashion, the ecologic costs of bags – from production to destruction/recycling.  In scientifically studying the Lifecycle of different solutions, some quite interesting, and sometimes counter-intuitive results have come to light.

One study studied how many times a bag needs to be used to have the same LCA as a single-use plastic bag (this being the worst-case scenario).  The results show to have the same LCA as a HDPE plastic bag:

  • Paper bags need to be reused at least 4 times
  • bags for life (in their case a heavy duty LDPE bag) need to be used at least 5 times
  • Cotton bags need to be reused at least 131 times

We believe that our solutions have a LCA at least as on par with the bag for life used in this study but which are even more durable and a whole lot more stylish. Why should we need to choose between our environmental conscience and style?

Questions about Kraft paper

The bags exterior is 100% plant-based; sourced from sustainable FSC-certified timber and the material is produced in facilities which:

  • are compliant with ISO 14001 – environmental management system (EMS) – standard
  • are specifically designed to minimize the impact on the environment by reducing CO2 emissions, energy consumption and the use of fresh water in our manufacturing operations
  • ensure that it also has Oeko-Tex Standard 100 accreditation, which tests for harmful substances harmful in textiles close to the skin.

Furthermore, the strength and durability of Kraft paper follows the “bag for life” concept as you can use this bag 1,000’s of times so the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) will show it to ultimately be much “eco-friendlier” than an untreated paper bag which can only be used once or twice before it is useless.

Have no fear.  You will be able to walk through the most severe rain-storm with more concern for your hair than whether your bag will explode.  Firstly, whilst Kraft paper is 100% plant-based, it is high water-resistant and so the contents of your bag will remain dry. More importantly, the way it is produced means that it retains a very high «burst strength» when wet; tests show that it can handle pressures of greater than 800 kPa – more than 8kg/cm² – when wet.

You can wash your Kraft paper bag with normal washing detergent in the washing machine and water up to 40 °C.  Be careful to wash separately and use a wash-bag or a pillowcase and do NOT use fabric softener or bleach.  Soaking your bag for long periods should however be avoided, as this can adversely affect the shape as well as the inner liner.  Dry-cleaning is possible but not recommended.

Crinkled bags can be ironed with steam.  The best results are achieved if the fabric is ironed when really wet.

To dry: lay it out as flat as possible  just leave it in a cool place to dry.  You can use the dryer but we do not recommend it

Questions about Tyvek

It may seem counter-intuitive but the strength and durability of, 100% HDPE-based, Tyvek® means that you can use this bag 1,000’s of times and so the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) will show it to ultimately be much “eco-friendlier” than an untreated paper bag which can only be used once or twice before it is useless. Both are significantly better than cotton-bags when life-time costs are considered.

What most do not realize is that the use of paper is not without environmental impacts as studies have shown that paper manufacture:

  • emits 80 percent more greenhouse gases than plastic manufacture
  • results in 50-times more pollutants being released into the environment than plastic manufacture
  • Uses 30-times more water than plastic production

Add to this the fact that studies show that paper recycling takes about 90% more energy to recycle and can consume more fuel than production of new paper.

It is also important to note that Tyvek® is made without any plasticizers or chemicals listed in the EUs Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS 3) as well as the European Chemicals Agency’s REACH list of Substances of Very High Concern.

Once your bag has reached the end of its life, you will place it with all your other HDPE plastic in the recycling in good conscious, happy in the knowledge that it will be turned into other useful products like pallets, park benches and playground equipment.

Should your Tyvek® bag get dirty, simply wipe it clean with a damp cloth or wash with cold or warm water directly. Do not iron or subject to temperatures over about 80°C so as to avoid deformation.