Credobags, a Canadian firm based in Montreal, is celebrating its 10th-anniversary selling reusable bags made with natural fibers. “The company concentrates on the food trade – grocery stores – eco stores – about 70% brick and mortar 30% e-commerce,” according to the founder Judy Lazar. Privately branded bags for corporations, non-profits, educational institutions, promotional companies and fundraising events represent around 40 percent of the business.

A product that stands out is the mesh produce bag made of 100 percent unbleached organic certified cotton. It has a string, and as OWN has proven after using a few for over four years, they are durable and convenient to carry around the produce aisle in the supermarket, or at the local farmers' markets. They keep lettuce and herbs fresh in the refrigerator longer. “The mesh produce bag is the mainstay of my company,” says Mrs. Lazar. “ It was developed over ten years ago when I was looking and not finding a reusable option.” Mrs. Lazar comes from the fashion textile industry. She developed the idea for her fantastic Credobag from a plastic onion mesh bag. “So, I weave the fabric here in Montreal – which is unique – no other company does this domestically or in the US. You will only find a similar bag manufactured in China or India.

The bag is great for certain items in the fridge and out of the fridge – our bag keeps garlic dry and mold-free, keeping them on the kitchen counter inside the mesh bags.” Credobags is a b2b firm that does not sell directly to consumers at this time. The bags have been sold to the US and other parts like the Caribbean.

The primary challenge running the business has been sourcing the fabric materials with organic certification. This year Credobags aims to find an excellent source of recycled organic cotton and will be introducing a line of bags made of certified organic linen and cotton with GOTS certification. “I am also looking forward to seeing my city (Montreal) go plastic bag free in 2018,” says Mrs. Lazar. “I just finished a four-month consultation with the City of Montreal – helping develop a sustainable bag where they can put their seal of approval on.”