Wednesday, December 23, 2009

End of Year Wrap-up

Hi Everyone,

There's no doubt that 2009 has been a tough for everyone. The GFC has impacted every business in the world & there is still a long way to go before we are all in-the-clear.

And now with 2010 right on our doorstep it's certainly going to be an exciting time for everyone, but there's still a lot of work to do.

At Bag People, we're planning some big things for the year :
- new product designs & styles
- excellent new features
- a few additional products

New products & styles are the things you'll see.

You won't see the background work :
- building & maintaining our excellent supplier relationships
- continual improvements to our supply-chain & logistics to deliver products by the most Environmentally Responsible manner possible
- continual market research on product design

There's a lot to do & we're all looking forward to it.

To all our customers & partners we want to thank-you for your support & wish everyone a Merry Christmas & a prosperous 2010.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Bamboo Brilliance

The launch of our Reusable Bags made from Bamboo fabrics has been brilliant.

The feedback we've received from many different industry sectors has been surprising.

A vast array of companies & organisation have seen our new bags & have been drawn to us for a variety of reasons.

The predominant reason for seeking out our company has been our focus on sustainable environmental solutions & our commitment to innovation.

Our Environmental Policy lists our our stance & our innovation is shown through our continual product development & delivering new ideas & concepts to our customers.

The possibilities are endless, so Contact Us to find out about our capabilities & how we can work for you.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Bamboo Launch

Bag People have launched a new range of bags made from Bamboo.

Quick Facts :

  • Bamboo absorbs up to 45% more carbon dioxide than trees
  • Bamboo uses minimal water
  • It thrives in many climates
  • 100% naturally grown without pesticides or fertilisers
  • Bamboo can improve soil quality
  • Bamboo is 100% biodegradable
Find out more on our website :: Bamboo Bags

Or Contact Us for more info.

Monday, November 30, 2009

New Tote Bags

Bag People have released a new range of Tote Bags in a few fabric options :

So what's a Tote Bag?

It's basically a re-modelled Shoulder Bag, which - as the name suggests - goes over your shoulder, but the main difference is design.

A Tote Bag has a gusset at the base only whereas a Shoulder Bag has a gusset on all 3 sides.

This little design adjustment creates a few benefits for a Tote Bag :
- lower cost using less fabric & easier manufacturing
- security - when used as an "every-day" bag smaller opening at the top & it hugs your body when carried

Tote Bags are one of the best methods to get your companies brand out on the street because people will choose to carry your bag.

Check out our previous post about Easy Fashion for more info.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Easy Fashion

There's a massive ground-swell running for Eco Friendly Reusable Bags.

But it's not what you think.

Reusable Bags have made it acceptable for Mens of all ages to carry a Handbag.

Not the traditional "Fashion Handbag" that matches your shoes & nail polish, but a versatile bag that can carry all those things you need - wallet, keys, phone, etc, etc, etc... you get the idea.

Bag People have a massive range of styles & fabric colours that will suit any purpose.

Contact Us to find our more.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Amazing Bag

Bag People are always innovating. There are so many areas to get creative with bags & we're testing them all.

We're always introducing new fabric technologies & we're on the cutting edge of print capabilities too.

These pic's (below) are not mock-up, not digital designs & not tests... We've made these Bags!


Contact Us to find out what we can do for you.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Reduce Waste with Quality

A great way to reduce your waste it to focus on quality from the start.

"They don't built 'em like they used to".

It's true with more suppliers reducing quality to reduce cost which increases consumption, which in turn consumes more resources & increases waste.

Sure; quality costs more to start with, but the long term price we will all pay is far greater than the penny's we spend now.

When a manufacturer produces quality, they stand-behind it.

Have you ever heard of Maytag? They make household whitegoods (washing machines, dishwashers, cookers, fridges & freezers).

They offer a 10 Year Warranty on the drum motor of their washing machines - that says it all.

Quality is major focus at Maytag. Their goods cost more than their competitors, but when you make a comparison on every feature of a Maytag product next to their rivals - there is no competition.

If you focus on quality to start with you'll be happier in the long run.

Whether it's washing machines, computers, door knobs or Reusable Bags; always take a look at the quality option before making your decision based on price alone.

Contact Bag People to see how our quality compares to other products available.

Monday, November 9, 2009

National Recycling Week

The Australian National Recycling Week start today.

No matter where you are or what you do, there is always something you use in your daily routine that can be recycled, see NRW for more details.

Bags from Bag People are a great way to reduce usage of single-use plastic bags, but we also have bags specifically for recycling.

They're made from very strong Woven Polypropylene - which itself is 100% Recyclable & our bags are rated to carry up to 10kg.

Woven Polypropylene is a great material for recycling bags because it does not absorb moisture or odour & has a wipe-clean surface.

Keep it next to your desk or in the kitchen for your recyclables.

We're doing our bit to help !

So what are you doing?

Contact Us to find out more.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Bags for Everyone

No matter who you are or what business you're in - we can help with reusable bags.

Because our expertise bags - our business can cover just about anything.

Our list of customers is growing by the day & thus far we've sold to :

The very big - BHP, News Corp, McDonald's, Subway, Dept of Defence.

And the small - Willow Hair, Inverell Shire Library, McLaren Hire, Grady Homes.

No matter who you are, we can help.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Ban Ugly Bags


Everyone is getting behind the movement to reduce consumption of single-use plastic bags -- excellent!

The number of reusable bags being used is increasing -- great!

Then why are we still seeing poorly made bags being produced?

Bags that fall apart
Bags that look really bad
Bags with low quality fabric
Bags with sub-standard workmanship

It does not need to be that way.

Do you want your brand pinned to a bag that looks shabby & is falling apart?

Remember that price is not the sole indicator of value.

Contact us to find out what bags should be like.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Your Fabric Options

At Bag People, a Reusable Bag does not automatically equal an Ugly Bag.

We are Bag Specialists & have been making bags since 1993 - so we should know a thing or 2 by now!

Our bags are available in :
- Canvas (including Coloured Canvas)

We can custom-make your bags in any fabric.

Contact Us with your ideas.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Dual Purpose

Using a reusable bag makes sense in your business.

1) showing you care & are trying to do something for the environment
2) additional branding for your business

Bag People create bags exactly for your needs, every aspect of the bag is customisable... there are no limits except that of your imagination.

We have a variety of fabric options to choose from (including Coloured Canvas).

The sky is the limit, so Contact Us & let us know what your whacky ideas are.

The more "out-there" the better.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Simple Stat's

Every bag available from Bag People is :
- made from 30% to 100% Recycled Material
- is 100% Recyclable
- made to last (from 2 to 8 years of average use)

Our facts stand for themselves.

Contact Us for more details.

Monday, September 28, 2009

PRIA Awards

The PR Institute of Australia should know a thing or 2 about marketing & promotion.

That's why they selected Bag People to create a long-lasting Reusable Bag to promote their recent awards event in Sydney.

Bag People created a fantastic Canvas Tote Bag that was then filled to the max. with preview products from a variety of suppliers.

The awards event brought together the finest PR & creative minds from within the industry to celebrate the creative brilliance from campaigns from the last 12 months.

Bag People Custom-made the Canvas Bags specifically for the PRIA event as a direct marketing tool & promotional item.

If the PR Institute of Australia use Bag People to gain exposure; maybe you should too.

Contact Us for more details.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Smart Retailers

Clever retailers know how to get people to spend more money. Their methods are wide & varied :
- BOGOF (Buy One Get One Free)
- EOL Sales (End of Life/Line)
- "up to 50% Off"
- Interest-Free

Smart retailers have begun using Reusable Bags to boost their sales & create customer loyalty.

Next time you're out at the shops, just have a look around & see how many people are carrying a Reusable Bag.

These people are carrying the branding of smart retailers.

Get your customers working for you.

Contact Us for more information.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Marketing with a Reusable Bag

Using a Reusable Bag as a marketing tool is a brilliant method of advertising.

Promote your business my getting a totally Custom Made Bag from Bag People.

Our reusable bags can help in a number of ways :
- reducing the volume of single-use plastic bags going in to circulation
- giving your customers a useful (& reusable) product as a gift

Above all, offering a Reusable Bag gives your customers the right message - put simply, it shows you are trying to do the right thing by the environment.

Contact Us to see what we can do for you.

Monday, August 31, 2009

What Bag is Your Brand?

Plenty of high profile companies trust Bag People to create a bag that is perfectly aligned to their brand :

> McDonald's (pictured)
> Coca Cola
> Subway
> Blackmores

Our core business capabilities create this trust :
1) we are Bag Specialists
2) our supply-chain

When you work with Bag People - EVERY bag is 100% Custom-made!

You have control of every element :
- fabric :: 7 options (including Recycled Fabric)
- colour :: up to 21 options (Non-woven & Canvas)
- sizes :: no limit

Our design skills & supply-chain management allows you to create the perfect bag for your branding.

Contact Us to find out more.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Chinese Success in Banning Bags

It is reported that the ban on single-use plastic bags within China is working.

In the 1st 12 months of the ban, there are 2 brilliant statistics that have come to light :

1) 40 billion single-use plastic bags eliminated
2) 1.6 million tonnes of oil saved

With this action & these figures, it's no surprise to find the Chinese amongst the world's best manufacturers of Reusable Bags.

No other manufacturing nation has taken such wide-spread & decisive action to reduce the strain on our planet.

Are you doing your bit?

Contact Us to find out how we can help.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Canvas in Colour

Get our Canvas Bags in Colour!

You've been asking, so now were delivering.

Choose from 17 great colours for any of our Light Weight Canvas Bags, get more details from the Fabric Colour Chart on our website.

Contact Us for more details.

Bag People - Light-Weight Canvas - JaffaBag People - Light-Weight Canvas - Cherry RipeBag People - Light-Weight Canvas - Electric BlueBag People - Light-Weight Canvas - SunflowerBag People - Light-Weight Canvas - Soft Pink

Bag People - Light-Weight Canvas - MauveBag People - Light-Weight Canvas - PistachioBag People - Light-Weight Canvas - MushroomBag People - Light-Weight Canvas - Dark PinkBag People - Light-Weight Canvas - Pale Blue

Bag People - Light-Weight Canvas - CappuccinoBag People - Light-Weight Canvas - FrogBag People - Light-Weight Canvas - Dark NavyBag People - Light-Weight Canvas - CreamBag People - Light-Weight Canvas - Dark Cocoa

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Choice Magazine Says...

Choice Magazine (the consumer watch-dog in Australia) has asked the question : Are polypropylene bags really greener?

We all know these "Green Bags" & we've all got a number of them that we use for shopping, gym gear, outings etc... but the question remains... are they greener?

In their article, Choice Magazine mention a number of things & quote some great statistics for using Reusable Bags & their conclusions are pretty simple :

When selecting a durable green bag :
-- the thicker the material, the better.
-- seams should be firmly sewn, with no loose threads.
-- a piping, or small plastic board at the bottom of the bag acts as a weight distributor and will help the bag last longer.

At Bag People, we've been in business since 1993 & our basic philosophy is "supply quality; it's simple & it matters".

Previously is was all about quality for the customer; but now we need to add our Planet into the mix aswell.

Quick Facts about Bag People Reusable Bags :
-- 90gsm fabric as standard
-- we double stitch all our seams
-- our handles are fully stitched (see Bag People TV for more info)
-- base-boards are standard - no question!

We are Professional Bag Specialists... we know what works & what does not.

Contact Us to find out more about how we work.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Material Choice - Recycled vs New

The world of technology brings us advances in every field - from heart surgery to farm fences; from water conservation to music reproduction.

Technological advances are applied to everything & fabric technology is no different.

Our dedicated product development team endlessly searches for better alternatives & more efficient ways to bring superior products to our customers.

The success of our Recycled Fabric Options are proving that customers are seeking alternative manufacturing methods that are more environmentally conscious.

Chewing through new resources is not the only way to deliver a high-quality low-cost reusable bag to the market.

Recycled does not automatically equally 2nd rate quality.

Low-cost does not equal cheap.

Bag People are Reusable Bags Specialists; the very nature of our business requires our products are low-cost.

Our product development team ensure that low-cost does not automatically equal low-quality.

Contact Us to find our more about our Recycled Fabric Options & what we can do for you.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

As a follow-up article to our post last week about Custom Made Bags - Is Custom Made What You Think It Is? I thought I'd let you know how out business-model helps reduce your over-all Carbon Footprint.

Our supply-chain is the key, arguably it has the ability for us to deliver the lowest environmental footprint of all our competitors.

Every bag order we fulfill is only ever produced when a customer needs them.

Then we always deliver using the most ecologically friendly method available.

Plus, we offset our carbon emissions with Climate Care :: see our Corporate Responsibility pages for more detail.

We're doing our bit & we're trying to help you do yours!

What are you doing?

Contact Us to see what we can do for you.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Free Lunch or Cheap Bag?

There's no such thing as a free-lunch.

In the same tone; there's no such thing as a cheap bag, see our previous post about Good :: Cheap :: Quick.

If you are using a Reusable Bag as a marketing tool... can you afford to create the wrong impression?

When selecting a Reusable Bag for your marketing campaign, make sure its going to serve you well.

Make sure that you get the most out of you investment - which usually means spending a little more on quality rather than quantity.

Be sure that your "Reusable Bag" can actually be reused more than once-or-twice & when selecting a supplier, make sure they're going to make you look good too.

There are a lot of fly-by-night operators claiming to be Bag Specialists... ensure you ask them a few questions about their credentials before you believe their very flashy website.

Contact Bag People if you want to know what you should know.

Monday, July 20, 2009

The Fabric Choice

Our fabric range just keeps growing :
- Jute

We're certain you'll be impressed with what's next!

Smarter, Safer, Cheaper, Cleaner

Keep an eye on our website for more info in the coming weeks.

Contact Us for a sneek preview.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Get Your Message Out There

Advertising : it's everywhere – all the time – non-stop – never ending – incessant – endless.

No one is free of it, at every turn, someone is trying to sell you something or position their product in your daily life.

From toothpicks to car servicing, from batteries to babies high-chairs… advertisers leave no stone unturned.

Have you considered a
reusable shopping bag as a form of advertising?

If you put your brand on one of our custom-made bags & then give it to your customers; they promote your brand for you.

Contact Bag People to find out what its all about.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Is Custom-made What You Think It Is?

Last week a customer asked me. "Why are 100% custom-made bags better for me & my business?"

There are positives & negatives for
Custom-made which break-down like the.

On the Positive :

1) there's no limit on style & design : by making every bag exactly as you need it, you will receive exactly what you want - no matter what you need, we can make it because it's very simple to produce just about anything as long as we get the dimension & design details from you.

2) best print quality : your design is printed on flat fabric before your bags are made (printing on a flat surface gives the best possible print reproduction).

3) best available price - without compromise : there's no need to pay full price & settle for an average product 'only just' meets your needs. We make your bags using recently made fabrics, so you know you'll be getting great quality bags.

4) no stock holding costs : every order we fulfill is 100% Custom-made & delivered directly to you; we have no additional over-heads to pass on - such as additional transport costs, warehouse rental, insurance, staffing costs... you could even throw in the electricity costs.

On the Negative :

1) delivery lead-time : our absolute fastest delivery is 3 weeks which is via Priority Manufacturing & Express Delivery (this adds to the cost per bag)

Our usual delivery time-frame is 8-10 weeks... so you just need to be a bit organised about what bags you need & when you need them.

To sum-up; custom-made is a great way of getting exactly what you want coupled with exceptional quality.


Contact Us for more details.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Climate Support from Al Gore

Former Vice President Al Gore is the activist who acts, he authored An Inconvenient Truth, the best-selling book and movie of the same name - which has already become one of the top documentary films in history.

Since his earliest days in the U.S. Congress he has been a leading advocate for confronting the threat of global warming.

He led the Clinton-Gore Administration's efforts to protect the environment in a way that also strengthens the economy.

His efforts are continuing through politics and the current administration and he heartily supports the efforts of Barack Obama and his energy / conversation plans.

It's nice to know that people in the right places are doing the right things.

At Bag People we're doing the right things too.

Our Recycled Bags another way we're doing our bit.

Contact Us for more information.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

More Info About Jute

Learn more about Jute Bags from Bag People.

Quick facts about Jute :
- natural Jute is 100% biodegradable
- it's a long, soft vegetable fibre that can be spun into coarse, strong threads
- grows quickly and abundantly and has very low environmental impact
- used in many ways since ancient times
- it's also called Hessian or Burlap
- our Jute is supplied is 2 forms - Raw (Stiffened) or Laminated

Our About Jute page has heaps more info.

What about the Money?
Our Jute Bags are about 30% extra when comparing to Non-woven Green Bags :

Supermarket Bags Compared :
- AU 2.32 in Jute
- AU 1.69 in Non-woven Fabric

Contact Us for more information.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Get Green

Would you like to print this logo on your Bags?

Get your bags from Bag People & YOU CAN!

We make bags from Recycled Canvas & Recycled PET, so you can print the Recycled Logo on your bags.

A great marketing message for your business & great for the environment also.

Contact Us to find out more about these bags.