Green Bag Lady Eco-Friendly Art Project

Green Bag Lady Eco-Friendly Art Project

Over 14,000 Bags Given Away To-Date

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.

Artist Teresa VanHatten-Granath

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!

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5 Responses to "Green Bag Lady Eco-Friendly Art Project"

  1. jessica@myplasticfreelife   2011/08/04 at 5:02 am

    Becoming eco-friendly is possible, even if this concept is new to you. Just because you’re not as aware of its enormous impact on the planet does not mean it’s too late to start living a greener life. In fact, the small steps we take today can help with the growing problems in landfills and oceans.

    Not that I think that the plastic pouring spout (not that alone, anyway) is going to give me cancer or destroy our planet, it is just that it proves the point that you cannot get away from plastic in today’s society.

  2. Sherry   2011/06/16 at 3:29 pm

    In my town we have a project where vinyl advertising banners (like the ones that advertise wild-flower festivals or say Happy Holidays)are cut up & sewn into very strong shopping bags. People snap them up! Also I personally am getting all my friends & family to donate the plastic bags they get at the store so that I can fuse them together, making a tarp-like fabric & then I sew them into new shopping bags. Anyone who give me enough to make a bag get the bag back for free. They seem to amaze people.

  3. Green Bag Lady Teresa   2011/01/30 at 12:50 pm


    Thanks for the nice article, I posted about it on Green Bag Lady too!


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  5. Wendy   2011/01/28 at 1:39 pm

    Congratulations on a great idea and execution.

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