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Is your Cloth Bag REALLY Eco-friendly?

Be careful that your cloth bags actually are eco-friendly. Cotton bags (unless they are organic) have a much larger carbon footprint than "disposable" plastic because of the intensive agriculture and manufacturing they require. Even hemp bags, because they are made from cultivated hemp and usually in factories, have significant carbon footprints. The Nature Bag Khmu/Lao Poverty Reduction Project, sharing Earth's Greenest Bag globally, is truly eco-friendly because of its hand-harvested naturally-growing fiber, in-home crafting, long life cycle & minimal weight allowing delivery anywhere with almost no consumption of fossil-sourced energy. It's socially sustainable, too, being a tool for thousands of years for the ancient culture that makes it today to provide income without wasteful commuting & allowing traditional child nurturing. ...

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Make This Holiday Special

When you select gifts for the holidays this year, how could you do better than Earth’s Greenest Bag? Is someone who uses a sports or swim bag on your gift list? Surprise them with the ultimate tote for either purpose: the stretchable Nature Bag. Perfect for a beach outing, it’s a home-crafted present that will be cherished by almost anybody – not only your eco-conscious friends. How about a fungus hunter who will be in the forests on the first perfect spring day gathering mushrooms? One of our less dense Pahk style bags is a perfect gift to carry the harvest while allowing the morel or other spores to return to the earth and generate more delicacies for the next...

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JungleVine® Hand-Spun Fiber is Now For Sale

The organic fiber that the Khmu bag crafters use almost exclusively can now be purchased at www.NatureBag.ORG.  “Over the years we’ve had requests from textile scholars as well as designers for samples of the fiber that is an important element in the amazing characteristics of the Nature Bag,” explained Volunteer & Primary Financial Project sponsor Bill Newbrough.  “So we’ve decided to add samples of both the cord and the fabric as products for sale on our e-commerce website.” In addition to scholarly study, the samples can be used for novelty gifts or included in homemade clothing and other hand-stitched fabrics.  One inquirer wanted to know how a piece of the fabric might work in a quilt.  Now s/he can find...

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Why Thousands Are Switching To Cleaning Green

It is surprising how many people in today's era of information are still not aware that our households are full of toxic chemicals. Despite this, thousands are switching over to safer products and this is why: "Since 1950 at least 70,000 new chemical compounds have been invented and dispersed into our environment. Only a fraction of these have been tested for human toxicity." "We are by default, conducting a massive clinical toxicology trial, and our children and their children are the experimental animals." Herbert L. Needleman, M.D., Philip J. Landrigan, M.D. Raising Children Toxic Free. It is alarming, the information about safety of products and the lack of labelling required for these products. "Of the 70,000 chemical compounds, only 25% have been...

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The Khmu People, Makers of the Nature Bag

The Khmu ethnic group inhabits large parts of Northern and central Laos, Vietnam and Thailand. In Laos, they represent the most important Môn-Khmer ethnic group. Their territory stretches from Phongsali to Pakxane in Bolikhamxay Province, but the Khmu are mostly found living in groups throughout the provinces of Luang Prabang, Oudomxay, northern Sayabury, southern Phongsali, eastern Luang Namtha, also in the center and west of Houaphan and Xieng Khouang and north of Vientiane. This ethnic minority is divided into many subgroups which are not easily identified ethnically, amongst them are the Môn-Khmer, Ou, Lu, Rok, Me, Keun, Kheng, Khouene, Khongsat. The Nguan and the Kha Bit who are closely related to the Khmu are attributed to the Lamet and the...

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