Sammy Bags (5)

Reusable Revolution
Every Day around New Zealand hundreds of thousands of paper bags are being either disposed of by landfill or recycling. What most people don’t know is that plastic bags were created as a solution to the enormous environmental damage that paper bags were causing the planet. What we’re proposing is that customers take ownership of their waste, and shift to reusable and washable SammyBags which we believe will last for over 5 years if they’re well looked after. What the reusable cup is for coffee, SammyBags is for food. It’s all about reducing waste and shifting our behaviour from disposable, to reusable.

Own it
Our environment has a direct relationship to our mental health so we really believe in the concept of SammyBags as a vehicle for positive change. We made the connection between environmental sustainability and mental health courtesy of Sam’s tattoo, “Change Nothing; Nothing Changes” which is applicable to both mental and environmental health! Basically it’s implying that staying the same requires a decision just as much as changing does. Each time we choose to not change, we make a decision, so if we don’t choose reusable packaging, we are making the choice that nothing is going to change.


These goods can be composted at the end of their useful life, leaving no trace of their existence.

Ethically Made

These goods are made by suppliers that pay fair wages, guarantee no child labour, and maintain a safe working environment.


Handcrafted goods are one of a kind that have been created by skilled artisans often using techniques passed down through generations, rather than by automated, machine-based processes. Small irregularities are celebrated and are what make handcrafted goods unique.


These goods are manufactured in the same country in which they are designed. This sustains the local economy and is more equitable for the workers and their communities. 


These goods have been crafted with materials that are derived from naturally occurring materials, plants or animals, with minimal processing. 


Goods that are made from organically grown materials and are free from harmful chemicals and pesticides. 


In an effort to reduce waste, the design of these goods are either part or wholly made from up-cycled or previously used materials. These can be either salvaged directly in their current form or from recycled materials, such as paper, glass or metal.


Goods made from materials that can be replenished at the rate they are consumed, all with minimal environmental and social impact. Such as FSC wood, bamboo and wool. 


These goods are produced by artisans or companies that are open, honest, and straightforward about their business operations. Transparency builds trust, from makers through to customers.


These are goods that contain absolutely no animal products or by-products and were not tested on animals at any stage.