Created in 2013 by Sally Erickson, Vejibag was born out of necessity. She needed to keep veggies as fresh as possible from the time they were picked in her year-round, Eastport, Maine greenhouse until they were taken home by customers from the local co-op market. And she wanted to do that without creating plastic waste or using toxic chemicals.
After some research Sally discovered what produce managers in grocery stores have known for a long time. Moisture-loving vegetables keep best in a cool damp environment. And she discovered that our grandmothers wrapped vegetables in moistened tea towels or burlap to keep them crisp and delicious. She combined those two ideas into a handy organic cotton bag, was able to eliminate the plastic and come up with a beautiful result: the Vejibag.
Sally prototyped the first bags in her living room and started sending out all her greenhouse grown greens and other vegetables in reusable cloth bags. Delighted customers picked up their orders from the market and gratefully returned their empty bags the following week.
Once the idea really caught on locally Sally collaborated with a group of local Eastport women to start sewing the bags in their own homes in order to let the idea spread. This cottage industry supported the workers making the bags and allowed Sally to further evolve the principles that would become the foundation of Vejibag, creating a sustainable business model that looks out for everyone.
Vejibags have always been made with the finest US grown and milled organic cotton french terry knit. They are sewn at a worker-owned facility in Valdese, NC, and as always they are free from dyes or chemicals. Everything about Vejibag was, and remains, good.