Jan Ramos, Founder/Co-Owner, and Dana Miller, Co-Owner - friends, business partners and next-door neighbors - were inspired to launch BaggyShirts after each of them became extremely concerned about the serious state of our precious Planet Earth, having reached their personal tipping points by separately watching Al Gore’s movie, An Inconvenient Truth. Laurie David, co-producer of the film, had recently visited Denver and was interviewed by Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper on the topic of global warming. Ms. David suggested that each of us pick one thing – One Thing that each of us could do to help reverse the effects of climate change.
Due to the harmful use of paper and plastic bags, BaggyShirts was born, with the tagline being “Reusable Bags Made From Recycled Clothing for a Healthier Planet.”
BaggyShirts is a sustainable enterprise, in that they:
• Purchase recycled men's shirts obtained from warehouses of surplus goods collected from charitable organizations - no petroleum-based materials.
• Use the entire shirt - absolutely no waste.
• Prevent tons of clothing and tens of thousands of paper and plastic bags from entering the landfill each year.
• Employ LOCAL artisans to fabricate bags at home, slashing carbon emissions by 80% to 90%. No overseas manufacturing,
• Pay their fabricators a livable and above-average wage for the industry.
• Operate with the least possible amount of negative environmental impact – they ship Internet orders in recycled and recyclable materials.
• Donate a portion of their proceeds to organizations that work to stop global warming.
To Ms. Ramos and Ms. Miller, success is achieving the triple-bottom line – to positively impact social, economic and environmental issues – and to continue to educate themselves and others about global warming.