Then I was at a playdate with my son, and my friend--the other mom--pulled out a little cotton snack bag she had bought at a store in Michigan. When I told her that I had just been trying to make an alternative to plastic baggies, we started brainstorming at how we could make a better one. We brought our sewing machines to our next few playdates!
After a few prototypes, experimenting with fabrics, and bringing our experiments to playgrounds to get feedback from moms and kids, we came up with Snackaby.
Starting a green business is challenging because you're not only competing with others who are making your product, you're competing with those who source labor overseas, rather than locally. It makes pricing a real issue. One of the bigger brands is made completely overseas--from fabric to sewing to packaging. But know that when you pay more for a Snackaby, you are supporting not only our New Jersey-based business, but a local sewing factory, a local bank, a U.S. label company and a local fabric manufacturer.
I've really enjoyed working with you, learning from you, and sharing green ideas. Any closing thoughts?
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