In 2008, artist Teresa VanHatten-Granath began a grassroots project against plastic bags. That grassroots project, called Green Bag Lady, is an eco-friendly art project.
Green Bag Lady crafts reusable bags from donated fabric - then gives away the bags for "free". As of this writing, Green Bag Lady has given away 14,300 bags to people all across the globe.
Donated fabric can include fabric from clothes no longer in use to recycled material (former life as a window/ shower curtain, futon cover, etc).
How does Green Bag Lady make all those bags? With 'Bagettes', of course. The Bagettes are a team of 14 volunteers, including Ms. VanHatten-Granath's father, who handles the website maintenance and the shipping of the bags.
Ms. VanHatten-Granath and her team of volunteer "Bagettes" make fabric bags out of donated material and give them away for FREE in exchange for a promise to use them instead of paper or plastic.
"I really want others to make them in their own communities", Teresa told me. "On my website, there are free patterns and a 'how-to' video. There are global bag people that are doing just that."
Green Bag Lady numbers each bag when it is made. Visit Green Bag Lady's website and you will see 'Teresa's Toters', a section that list each recipient's name, state and bag number.
Green Bag Lady is a terrific project!