Nature Bag June Newsletter


June 2011 Newsletter

Nature Bag Chosen for LA Zoo Fundraiser!

Our Pahk style organic reusable eco-friendly bag stars this week at the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association's (GLAZA) Beastly Ball, its largest annual fund raising activity.

The Nature Bag Khmu/Lao Poverty Reduction Project has provided 700 of its sustainable homemade organic reusable bags at a discounted price to be used as gifts for GLAZA's most generous supporters at this Saturday’s (June 18) event.

The annual Beastly Ball is one of Los Angeles's most popular and consistently sold out fundraisers. Last year it raised more than $1.2 million. Saturday’s will be the 41st annual Beastly Ball.

“Our stretchable reusable bag is a perfect match for this year’s gala fundraiser because the Los Angeles Zoo recently opened its most elaborate exhibit, a $42 million project centered on the Asian elephant,” said Bill Newbrough, co-founder and principal economic sponsor of the Nature Bag poverty reduction project.

Laos, Nature Bag’s home, has called itself the Land of a Million Elephants. Although fewer than 10,000 remain today, according to Newbrough, the animal is revered by Laotian culture and vigilantly protected by Laotian law and people.

“When GLAZA approached us about participating, it was an easy decision to become involved,” Newbrough said. “Not only is the Los Angeles Zoo a good cause because of the joy it brings to its guests and its international leadership in protecting endangered species, but our marketing efforts will reap benefits by getting the Nature Bag into the hands of leaders in the L.A. community.”

The Nature Bag is made from Jungle Vine™ fabric, also known as tropical kudzu. The Khmu harvest the thin white ribbon inside the stems of the vine and use their hands and legs to spin it into cord that is amazingly strong. Jungle Vine™ fabric also is nutritious and can be eaten by elephants and most other animals.

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Bill Newbrough

June Nature Bag Maker of the Month - Nang (Ms) Vinh

  • What is your name? My name is Vinh.
  • How old are you? I am 28 years old.
  • How long have you been making Nature Bags? I have been making bags for about 4-5 years.
  • How did you learn to make the bags? My Mother taught me.
  • How many children do you have? I have 3 children, the oldest is 7 years old.
  • Do you like making Nature Bags? Yes! I am very happy that I am given the opportunity to create the bags and share our tradition with the rest of the world.


60% off Pahk Nature Bags

Although most Nature Bag users will rarely, if ever, need to replace their bags because of wear, offering new bags to our existing customers at steep discounts has proved very popular. As a result, we are now offering these special prices for as long as we can afford to do so on our Facebook Fanpage:

Click here to receive 60% off!

U.S. & Canadian shipping is included in the prices offered!

Nature Bag's 30-Month Project to Create JungleBag Produces Prototypes

Volunteer Sith in Luang Prabang confirms that a new Nature Bag style being called JungleBag is being developed by Khmu & project field staff in Oudomxai Province, Laos. Several prototypes have been crafted & Volunteer Bill is testing one of them in USA.

The JungleBag
project has been underway for more than 2.5 years. It's primary objective is to craft a contemporary-styled Nature Bag without a seam and tassels using denser JungleVine fabric at the bottom of the bag where the seam traditionally is.

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