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Frequently Asked Questions


If you have a question that’s not answered here, please contact us and we’ll be happy to answer it.

What sizes are your bags?
We sell bags in five sizes. View bag sizes.

What makes LivingEthos gift bags eco-friendly?
Simply put, our bags are good for the environment because they can be reused and therefore reduce your waste. It is estimated that Americans generate 4 million tons of additional waste at the holidays, which is mostly made up of shopping bags and wrapping paper. We designed the bags to last for decades and through hundreds of reuses. Rather than hauling trash bags full of wadded up wrapping paper to the curb after each holiday or special event, with LivingEthos bags, all you do is fold them up and stash them away until your next gift-giving event. Or better yet, put them to creative reuse—they’re a great place to keep all those loose Lego parts or to store your bikini until summer comes. It’s a cinch and if every American did it, we could eliminate millions of tons of wrapping paper waste that end up in landfills each year.

What are your bags made of?
The bags themselves are made of 100% cotton and the cinching ribbons are made of 100% recycled polyester, also called PET (think recycled soda bottles). We went to great lengths to source ribbon that is made of recycled PET, and we pay a premium for it, because we believe it’s important to use recycled materials in our products wherever possible. Call us crazy, but we even went so far as to make sure our care labels are made of recycled PET or organic cotton. The cardboard band wrapped around your gift bag set is made of 100% recycled paper and can be cut to make “to-from” tags for your gifts.

Do you make any bags out of organic cotton?
We do! Our first bags made of certified organic cotton are now available on our website. We will be offering more organic cotton bags, as stylish organic cotton prints become available. 

What type of dyes do you use for the fabric in your bags?
The fabrics used in our bags are all printed using fiber reactive dyes, which are the most colorfast and also the most environmentally benign of the dyes available on the market today. None of the dyes contain heavy metals or any known toxic substances. They are all formaldehyde-free and AZO-free. We are investigating the use of natural, plant-based dyes, for our custom prints and are carefully weighing the environmental impact of those dyes.

Where do you manufacture your bags?
Although the fabric in our bags is imported, all of our bags are sewn and assembled here in the United States. We consider the whole manufacturing and sourcing picture in determining the impact of our business choices on our planet, and we’re always looking to make improvements.

Do you sell wholesale?
We do. Please click here for more information.

Are LivingEthos gift bags washable?
Yes, they are machine washable. Care instructions are printed on a label sewn into each bag. They are: machine wash warm with like colors, no bleach, warm iron.

Can I buy LivingEthos gift bags in stores?
Yes, you can. Click here for a list of stores that carry LivingEthos products and tell us here if there’s a store in your area that you think should carry our products.