What inspired you to start your company?
My children’s future. I was always environmentally aware of what I was using and the impact of it on my children and our environment. I just couldn’t bear using plastic bag every day of week for my son’s snacks. I don’t use plastic containers because they are easy to open and I don’t trust them anyway. That’s how the idea of Gogo Bags started.
What is your company all about?
Our company is about making it easy for families to reuse and, as a result, reduce plastic waste by using our food-safe reusable fabric bags.
What’s your vision for your company?
That every school is offering our products to their students in order to provide a better future.
What excites you about what you’re doing?
I get excited when I get feedback about novel ways that individuals use our products. Like when a friend says she keep her pancake mix in them, or how it keeps Cheerios crunchy even after two weeks in the bags.
What are some early examples of success?
One was the feedback from the moms who were trying out our products. The other was our story in the Northshore News followed by huge interest at our first craft fair recently.
What about challenges?
It was a big challenge to extract proper information from the Health Canada and find the perfect fabric that had the qualities we were looking for and also be food-safe.
What’s next for you
We are planning to establish our product as a fundraiser for schools and also find a partners who are willing to sell them at a retail stores.
Diane Wild is a writer, editor and web communications consultant, working in the solar, health care, and arts industries. She also runs the website TV, eh? about Canadian television.