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Students Launch One-of-a-kind Organic Cotton Tote Bags

Textile Design students in the School of Fashion at Academy of Art University have taken the organic shopping bag craze one step further by using the bags as canvases to create pieces of art.  The students have produced over 100 totes by printing their original designs onto 100 percent organic cotton bags using eco-friendly water-based ink.

Bag details:

  • Made in the U.S.A.
  • 100% organic cotton. Eco-friendly water-based ink.
  • Two sizes: 18" W x 14" H x 5" D or 16 1/4" W x 14" H x 4" D
  • Each bag is $40.00 with all profits going to the student scholarship fund.

According to the EPA, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year. Not only are the students attempting to change those numbers, they are urging that their one-of-a-kind creations be repurposed as pieces of art when retired as shopping bags.

Inside each bag is the following "Care Instructions" statement: "I am a one-of-a-kind creation made with love by an Academy of Art University Textile Design student.  Only the most earth-friendly cotton and dyes were used to produce me.  Fill me with groceries and picnics.  The day when I become too threadbare to be worn, repurpose me into a print for your wall.  The planet will thank you for creating art and not waste."  As an added karmic boost, all profits go to the student scholarship fund.

Open to Public: Bags may be purchased at the 79 Gallery, 79 New Montgomery Street.  Hours: Monday – Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closed Sundays.

Additionally, Eco Citizen Boutique, 1488 Vallejo Street, will be selling 23 select bags.  Hours: Monday by appointment.  Tuesday – Saturday: 11 am – 7:00 pm.  Sunday: 12 noon – 6:00 pm. Tel: 415.614.0100

In addition to the bags at the beginning of the story, the following is a sampling that were on view at Academy of Art University Spring Show.

Below are a few of the select bags available at
Eco Citizen Boutique, 1488 Vallejo Street, San Francisco, CA 415.614.0100


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