Recycling and creative design

With a big heart for recycling and creative design, grünBAGs founder and designer Helen Leegaard, decided to embark on a green journey. Putting her soul into the project of reusing industrial materials that were destined for trash, Helen began the transformation of turning waste into high quality bags.

Today, our colorful collection of bags offers a unique alternative to those who wish for something truly different. Made from highly durable materials crafted to withstand industrial wear and tear, our bags thrive with everyday use. They are therefore perfect companions for your adventures in life.

In grünBAG, we rethink the usability of the things we throw out. We work for a greener future with more thoughtfulness and recycling. This journey we are happy to share with you.

handmade bags in Denmark

grünBAG CEO and founder Helen

What grünBAG bags are made from and where those materials come from

The main purpose of grünBAG is to make high quality bags. We only use durable materials that last, in order to reduce future waste. We want to rethink the usability of the things we throw out.

Consequently, 90% of all of the materials we use at grünBAG are either reused or sustainably sourced materials. We work hard to incorporate a zero waste approach in our company. Our ongoing focus is to reuse scraps and finding new creative ways to prevent waste production.

Who makes our bags, under what conditions, and where

Our products are currently handmade in our atelier based in the grünBAG headquarters. For bigger orders, that extend past our capacity (mostly within the B2B part of our business), we outsource our work to a small group of sewers in Poland. This atelier in Poland has the right machines for working with our kind of material.

Furthermore, the Poland location is close to our own facilities. We often make a trip to Poland in order to ensure quality as well as working conditions for our sewers.

Handmade bags in Europe

The Factory we use in Poland

The factory in Poland is a Danish owned company, with Danish management. This gives us a close contact to the factory and ensures a smooth communication.

What our shipping packaging is like

Currently all of our products are shipped out in small boxes made from reused cardboard. The pocket for the freight label is made from recycled film. We are, however always happy for suggestions that are even more sustainable.

What we do to address our carbon footprint

We use 90% of recycled materials in order to prevent the production of new material. We try to implement a zero waste approach when it comes to our business. That means we use as many upcycled, recycled and reused scraps and materials for our bags as possible. Through recycling and creative design we want to be a role model for other companies.

The use of animal products in our bags

We use leather in some of our bags due to the fact that we have not been able to find a material that compares to leather in terms of the durability and therefore sustainability of the product. We always offer a vegan alternative to any non-vegan bag. Also we do our best to use recycled leather. We furthermore made it our future goal to switch to a vegan, yet sustainable material that is just as durable. Suggestions are always more than welcome.