Industry Leaders Confirm Their Reusable Grocery Bags Are Safe:

San Francisco and Los Angeles, CA, November 18, 2010 – The Green Bag Company, Inc. (“Green Bag”) and The Earthwise Bag Company Inc. (“Earthwise”) today announced that their reusable grocery bags have consistently met all Consumer Product Safety Standards in accordance with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008. Regular independent testing of the companies’ bags confirms that fact. All reusable grocery bags produced by both companies bear a label with their name. Any consumer in doubt about the safety of their bag should check the label to ensure that their bag was supplied by Earthwise or Green Bag.

Stanley Joffe, CEO of Earthwise, and Schulmynn Leung, General Manager of Green Bag, said in a joint statement, “Contrary to recent media reports, consumers should not be frightened by headlines alleging that reusable bags in general are unsafe for use. We have regularly tested our reusable grocery bags for lead and other toxic content in order to ensure consumer and environmental safety. These tests have been repeated in recent days, and confirm that our bags pose no safety risk either to people or to the environment. Unlike some other bags, our bags meet all federal requirements for lead and other toxins, and are safe to use.”

“We stand by our products, and are confident that consumers and the environment are safer because of them. We have led the movement to find alternatives to and reduce the more than 100 billion single-use plastic shopping bags used every year in the U.S. that pollute the environment and pose huge clean-up costs. Consumers can rest assured that they are doing the right thing for their families and the environment by using reusable bags supplied by The Green Bag Company and Earthwise.”

The Green Bag Company Inc. was established in the year 2000, making it a pioneer in the area of reusable shopping bags. Currently its branded and private label products are contributing to the reduction of single use plastic bags in over twenty countries worldwide. For more information, visit

Earthwise Bag Company, Inc. established in 2005, is one of the leading suppliers of reusable bags in the United States. Their branded and private label products inspire responsibility, accountability and a fresh approach to feeling good about our planet. For more information, visit


2 Comments → “Industry Leaders Confirm Their Reusable Grocery Bags Are Safe:”

  1. Steven Bradshaw


    greetings greenbag, I have 1 of your groc. bags (which is made in china) & 4 or 5 others (which are also made in china). HIX, b little co. inc, & several no-name bags. Do you think there is really a risk of lead absorption ? How did this lead thing get started ? Do you know ? Thank You, Steve

  2. Green Bag


    Hi Steven Bradshaw, the bags supplied by The Green Bag Company are in compliance with all federal safety standards and are safe for all consumers to use. Our bags are tested regularly by independent laboratories to ensure consumer safety. Check the label. If your bag has [an Earthwise/a Green Bag Company] label, you know that it is safe. We certainly can’t speculate on what caused this scare. What we can tell you is that you can use bags supplied by our company with confidence. Much thanks for your inquiry.

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