(Bangor) – In this week’s morning show ‘Made in Maine’ segment, Portland based company, Sea Bags showed off their tote bags and accessories which are made from recycled sails in the state.
Sea Bags was founded in 1999 and has since tripled as a company. 50 full-time employees produce nearly 75,000 durable products a year. Three people on their staff work full-time to collect sails around the state.
“Our goal is to put people to work and that’s what we are doing.” said Sea Bag Co-owner Beth Shissler.
They have a ‘Sea Bags Sail Trade Program’ for anyone to trade his or her sail for a free bag. Sails collected, cut and washed, then designed by the design team.
Shissler said she grew up during the recession in Maine and had to leave the state in order to gain experience. When she came back, she wanted to do a start-up.
This year, the company has partnered with the American Cancer Society and will donate 20 percent of proceeds for cancer research. This year’s ‘Cure Bag’ is covered with pink lobsters. They are limited and are available until the end of this year.
“We began the Cure Bag project nine years ago in honor of my mom. Each year we come up with a new design.” said Shissler.
If you would like to learn more information visit their Sea Bags website. First time subscribers get a 10 percent discount.