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How One Company In Maine Has Saved 500 Tons Of Waste From Landfill

By Desirée Kaplan

When it comes to sustainable checklists, Sea Bags can tick a lot of boxes off the list. This company has helped keep over 500 tons of material out of landfills since they launched. By taking old sails and creating them into a durable bags, they've helped reduce a huge carbon footprint from the boating community. Last year alone, Sea Bags saved and up-cycled almost 5,500 sails.

As an added bonus, these bags essentially promote minimizing waste by creating a reusable product that helps reduce the dependency on plastic bags. Plastic bags happen to be one of the most problematic single use item that wreaks havoc on our oceans. To ensure the bags are created in an environmentally responsible way, Sea Bags utilizes eco-friendly inks and is constantly developing ways to reduce any scraps.

Sea Bags doesn't just assemble their product in the United States, but every detail is created here too. Beth Shissler, President & COO of Sea Bags explains, “If you buy a product made locally, you’re supporting all your neighbors." Each bag is completely one of a kind and hand sewn by local skilled stitchers. In fact, some bags are so unique that the company often holds auctions for very rare sail panels. 

Keeping inspiration near at hand, each bag is designed and made right on the waterfront in the company’s hometown Portland, Maine. Sea Bags takes care to support American craftsmanship and works with the last remaining thread manufacturer in the U.S. and use the only rope manufacturer in New England. Even the sails are locally sourced.