Sustainability & ethics of the BAGGU company
For much of its history, BAGGU has focused its efforts on sustainability by seeking to reduce and eliminate waste in its operational and production processes. Addressing sustainability can often seem like a daunting and complex challenge however, their main goal of reducing waste naturally aligns with their mission to eliminate single-use plastic bags.
Their current Sustainability team is made up of members from all departments including Design, Production, Operations, Marketing etc. Team members meet monthly to identify and prioritize new opportunities aimed at improve the overall sustainability of the business.
For example, to minimize waste and increase sustainability, their famous reusable bags (my favorite bags for my millions of errands) are designed from one continuous piece of recycled nylon material, with the neck of the bag serving to create the carrying pouch. This is one of the methods BAGGU uses to reduce waste in the actual manufacturing of their products, and they are continually working to expand this idea across their entire product line.
When it comes to manufacturing ethics, the products are ethically manufactured in China, where they have long-term relationships with manufacturers who are ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001 certified, which means they are subject to an annual verification by an independent third party to ensure compliance with occupational health and safety standards, as well as respect for working hours and decent wages. The BAGGU production team also visits manufacturers every year to inspect production and meet the teams who make their bags.
I believe it is important to differentiate between encouraging locally, or encouraging ethically, for the good of all. For me, the priority is and will always remain the health of our beautiful home; the planet. Because without her, there is no us.
It is therefore important for me to prioritize companies that work in awareness of the impact that their business will have on our future.