I've been concerned for the environment since my mom took me to the first Earth Day in 1970 --- I was an impressionable 11 years old. A few years later, when a new bank was being built in our little New Hampshire town, I started a petition to save the maple tree on the proposed site. The petition worked and the building was set back from the curb to leave room for the tree.
Vibrant began when I wanted a bag to carry to my son's high school football games. I wanted it big enough for a blanket, water bottle, snacks, and my purse and I wanted it to be the school's forest green color. Simple enough, right? But . . . I also wanted it to be made in the U.S. and with non-petroleum-based fabrics and materials.
I found a few eco-friendly bags made in the U.S. but the selection was limited and the prices were too high for my budget. I considered buying some fabric and a pattern and sewing one myself, but the fabric itself was pricey and often made overseas.
Eventually, I ended up at a thrift stores and found an old, forest-green coat made from high quality wool. I downloaded a pattern from a crafter's website, figured out how to chop it up, and put it back together as an economical, rugged tote bag.
Now, more than ever, we need to make eco-friendly decisions, large and small. My bags are upcycled and made in Glen Ellyn, IL. Contact me if you want to find the perfect eco-friendly bag for you.
My education and professional life was in engineering. After the "downsizing" of manufacturing in the early 2000's, I found myself with an opportunity to reinvent myself.
With the help of a career coach, I found my creative side and love the process of designing unique bags for Vibrant people like you.