Several years ago, I swore I’d never buy another plastic baggie.
Sure enough, I found myself wanting one! I was sick of washing out plastic bags and felt guilty every time I threw one away. But I needed something small and malleable to fit in a tight spot in a lunch box. Figuring someone had already invented such a bag, I combed the Internet. I found lots of reusable bags but none of them was what I was looking for.
So I set out to create my own reusable bag that had all the features I was looking for:
created with food storage in mind
could be used hundreds of times
allowed you to see the contents inside without opening it
made with food safe materials (BPA-, PHTHALATE-, AND PVC-FREE)
easy to wash, dishwasher or washing machine safe
no velcro closure (food gets stuck in velcro)
Before my children were born, I worked in the restaurant business. Once a mom, I wanted work with more flexible hours so I took my hobby of interior design and grew it into a residential design firm that offered clients sustainable design. I learned all about environmentally friendly products and practices along the way. I also developed an appreciation for minimalism.
So when I decided to create neat-os I put these two experiences together: I wanted a clean, minimalist, eco-conscious design that I could also imagine being used by the chefs I had worked with. The clean design allowed the option to personalize the bags so anyone could put fun drawings, patterns or labels on them.
I researched and experimented, made a prototype, got feedback from my community, especially my kids, found a manufacturer, tested and experimented some more, decided on sizes and colors to offer, and opened for e-business. In the process, I discovered that the bags I'd created keep your fresh food fresh longer, which is why we are now launching a new size: the Produce Bag (see perks).
Two of our main goals at neat-os are global sustainability and making it easy for busy people to be more eco-conscious and do away with single use disposable items. By pledging on Indiegogo, you are joining the reusable movement or stepping up your commitment if you're already a passionate member of this movement.
neat-os come in a variety of sizes to accommodate your needs. In addition to functional, efficient food storage, neat-os have a myriad of other uses, see lots of them here.
Snack bag, 7' x 4": we use these for: apple slices- crackers- pencil case- nuts- half a bagel- lip balm- check book- breath mints- gym card w/energy bar- first-aid kit
Sandwich bag, 7" x 6.5": we use these for: hearty sandwich- markers- art supplies- herbs- cut up veggies- TSA friendly toiletries- homemade cookies- make-up
Gallon bag, 10.5" x 11.0": we use these for: food storage- lettuce- freezer cooking prep- beach day- baked goods- swim suit & goggles- bulk food- travel bag for chargers- emergency supplies- seasonal decorations
Produce bag, 10.5" x 11.0":INTRODUCED HERE ON INDIEGOGO! This is the bag for all of your GREENS! When we found out how fresh the bags keep produce, we knew we needed an extra tall one for kale, celery, romaine, any of those tall veggies. It's also great for more general storage!
Why neat-os needs your help
Sounds good so far, right? Well I kept selling out! The manufacturer I found at first couldn't make enough bags for the demand and produced bags of inconsistent quality. I put production on hold until I could find someone who could grow with me and make a top quality product consistently. Although it cost most to have the bags made in the US, it is something I am committed to. It took a year and a half, but I finally found someone -- and in my backyard! I now have a new manufacturer in Los Angeles, 20 minutes from my home. Supporting local economies is another tenet of the neat-os mission so I'm especially thrilled.
However, the minimum orders with this new manufacturer are much higher and we need more machines to make the bags. I am hoping to raise $30,000 to cover these costs. The money will allow me to purchase:
$4,000 in fabrics
$2,000 in zippers
$15,000 for local assembly and production
$9,000 for machines (sewing, serger, and pad printing machines)
neat-os is firmly committed to global sustainability and supporting local economies. We believe in:
Top quality, design and functionality in product development
Thoughtful consumption, minimal environmental impact, and supporting groups that work to clean up the environment, proud member of 1% for the Planet!
Job creation in the US and supporting local economies
Building a community around a shared outlook for a better future
Mostly, I am thrilled that neat-os makes it easier for people to be more environmentally friendly. I love hearing the many ways people are using them, so once you get your neat-os be sure to share with us on our blog or on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram!
Also, we would greatly appreciate if you help spread the word and share our video and Indiegogo page with friends. If you have any questions or just want to introduce yourself, please email me anytime at: firstname.lastname@example.org