“Once a sail, forever a Sea Bag” is the tagline of Sea Bags Maine, a company out of Portland, Maine that specializes in tote bags made from recycled sails. Their bags are the embodiment of sustainability with a nautical theme. Every sail used is different and brings unique character to each bag that is crafted from them.
Sea Bags are American made and they don’t do any importing for materials. They use rope produced in New England, one of the last remaining thread manufacturers in the U.S., and all sails are sourced from passionate boaters who want to give their old sails new life. Maine-based craftsmen and women design, cut, and sew each bag at their headquarters that hangs over the Portland waterfront.
Over 700 tons of sails have been repurposed and saved from going to a landfill so far. In 2020, Sea Bags brought in almost 71,000 Sails from their Sail Trade Partners. Sail Trade Partners receive product, some made from their traded in sail, in exchange for their trade in. If a partner does not want product in return, a donation to SailMaine will be made to teach a child how to sail. Sea Bags has partnered with SailMaine to support community sailing in Maine.
Many Michiganders are avid sailors as well, with the Great Lakes being the perfect place to set sail for an unsalted adventure! West Michigan has so much to offer for anyone looking to get out on the water. Check out this West Michigan Tourist Association article to find where to voyage next! Looking to learn to sail and embark on Lake Michigan yourself? Enroll in sailing lessons at Grand River Sailing Club right here in Grand Haven! Have some old sails of your own? Become a Sea Bags sail trade partner and recycle your sails into handcrafted bags here.
Stop in to Earth’s Edge to find your favorite Sea Bag! With a variety of bags, totes, crossbody bags, clutches, and travel bags, you’ll be sure to find one you love! Our team can gladly help you find your handcrafted Sea Bag Monday–Saturday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Sunday from 12–5 p.m.!
Michigan is the perfect place for adventure during any season. From sparkling lakeshores to snow-covered evergreens, there is no shortage of natural beauty. Though many of us wait all year to hit the beach and soak up that summer sun, there is something very special about Michigan winters. A snowshoe trek is the perfect way to enjoy the snowy season!
Patagonia has made it their top priority to be a leader in environmentally conscious manufacturing. Their main focus: using recycled synthetic and natural materials. Currently 68% of Patagonia’s fabrics are made with recycled materials.
Michigan’s snowy winters always call for bundling up! Whether you’re trekking on a winter hike or browsing for your annual Christmas tree, you want to feel warm, but not bulky. Patagonia and Smartwool have great lightweight options for layering to keep you warm from your head to your toes, and both take a leadership role in responsible manufacturing!