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Say Goodbye Plastic, Hello Bag

We recently spoke with Mentors about Hello Bag. Why not take a minute and learn a little bit more about the product, its origins and its founder?

What problem does the Hello Bag solve?

The initial problem I am trying to solve with this product is using Hello Bag to encourage people to use paper bags versus single-use plastic bags in the grocery store. That’s because single-use plastics have an adverse effect on the environment. I feel plastic bags are a priority over plastic bottles because plastic bottles float, but plastic bags sink and cannot be retrieved.

Secondly, the Hello Bag frame provides a rigid structure giving paper bags an extended life for waste bins, sorting devices, or whatever you use paper bags for.

We’ve included wheat fiber into our green frames to help the Hello Bag break down quicker. However, we are researching greener and more biodegradable materials for our future manufacturing.

Tell us about the founder. What is their background?

Founder Chris Blaul has been a custom painting contractor in Santa Barbara beautifying homes for 32 years. For the last four years, he has been focused on bringing our product concept into reality.

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How did they come up with the idea?

The Hello Bag concept derives from a family idea that was created by a family member 50 years ago when Chris was a child. Chris remembered the concept as he grew up and has always felt plastic bags were going to have dire consequences on our planet. 

How can this transform the world or our day-to-day lives?

For every single plastic bag that does not enter society, we are making great strides. Paper bags along with the Hello Bag frame gives people a clear alternative that can make a major impact on the single-use plastic issue.

What do customers love most about the product?

This google review says it all:

Petra Deluca

The only regret I have about my Hello Bag purchase (I got two, both in blue) is that I didn’t do it sooner! I don’t know why it is but using these for recycling has made us switch our habits to literally Taking the recycling out the minute it’s full. No more recycling bins that are overflowing that no one wants to drag outside. I like this product so much, that I bought two for my parents.”

In addition to the above review, many people find the product to be a great eco-friendly solution and many find it to be a practical utilitarian device. Paper bags are biodegradable. Our bag frames are small, can be stored easily, are diverse, and are mobile. Our bag frames are also about 5% of the plastic over a standard waste bin people might use. They are dishwasher safe and easily can be cleaned. 

Where can people get this product?

The Hello Bag can be purchased at Hello Bag LLC (hello-bag.com) or at select grocery stores along the central coast.