Saving our planet; one bag at a time

June 29, 2010

We design artwork too!

Being in the business of promotional bags, most of the inquiries we get are for your conventional promotional bags with prints that are either company logo’s and/or names and occasionally names of special events. Its not as if we don’t enjoy working with these; we love to… every new inquiry and every new prospective client comes in with a wave of excitement and eagerness to get their order no matter what… and as a whole that’s what keeps us at Norquest Bags going.

But every once in awhile we happen to meet customers who do a bit more than promotional work; they look for spreading the same message we hope to spread with each and every bag we make… a message to save our planet. We hope to do it one bag at a time, and they do it for us.

Recently, we got an inquiry for one such customer. After much deliberation and discussions, we finalized 3 of our best selling styles. 2 of the styles were supposed to carry prints given to us by our customer and the last one was without a print. At Norquest, we make sure that you get exactly what you’re looking for and that nobody dealing with us has to compromise at any stage.

So, as our process goes, the first printed bag is always photographed and a picture is sent to the customer for their approval. One of the bags, as expected looked very nice. The other one… not as much! The print was a pretty good one, but didn’t sit well on the bag… and this is where we decided to offer our help. The theme being green and for the environment, it was too close to home for us and there was no way we were going to miss an opportunity to design something.

It took a few tries to get a print finalized, but the final one ended up looking great on the screen and even better on the bag. We’re always very happy when we get a chance to come out of our normal work and try something different. Kudos to our customer, because it always takes a lot of willingness and wee bit of patience to try something new… and its because our customer was like that, we got an opportunity to do this.

We’ve seen the bag and even though our customer has seen a picture of it, we can’t wait till he gets it in his hand and feels as happy about it as we are right now. Should be any day now.

At Norquest, we make it our goal to make sure that all of our customers are as excited about seeing their bags as all of us here are, right from the time the order is finalized to the time each and every bag is stitched, finished and packed. We make bags not just to fulfil our customer’s needs but also to try and show the world the bigger picture to at least try and help us in our aim to save our planet, one bag at a time.

June 11, 2010

Say YES to PLASTIC? NO Not Really!

Saving our planet, one bag a time!

June 11th… A day we have all been waiting for; FIFA kicks of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. 1 month of pure excitement and finally something to look forward to at the end of the day!

The newspapers have been full of stories and articles that have been used to build up the furore over this event. But one article this morning stood out from rest “Soccer teams to wear recycled bottles”.

The Portuguese winger, Christiano Ronaldo along with other players will be seen wearing jerseys made from recycled plastic bottles. 8 bottles to 1 jersey, 23 players to 1 team, 9 nations in all and this is not counting what is being retailed. Apparently some 13 million bottles have already been diverted from landfill sites to manufacture these jerseys.

This seems to be a fantastic way of diverting waste plastic to a productive and even fun use. The intent behind it is of course to tell the world that this is a great way to end the adverse impact of plastic on the environment.

So is this a shifting paradigm? A world that now says YES to PLASTIC?

It is brilliant to find a viable solution to the millions of plastic bottles that are being discarded. But what after? Where do these jerseys go once they tear and get worn out? Won’t they be sent to landfills and if so, then isn’t the plastic going right back where it came from, albeit in a different form?

So while this concept deserves applause, it does require further thought. We can’t ban plastic from our lives, there is just too much of it being used for every little thing. But where there is a substitute we must use it. Plastic bottles and plastic bags are the biggest examples. There are easy and immediate substitutes available, so why aren’t we using them? Glass bottles and cotton bags, that’s the way to make a difference!

Here are Norquest we really do believe that changing over from plastic bags to bags made from sustainable fabrics like jute and cotton is a real and feasible choice. Help us save the planet one bag at a time.

June 5, 2010

World Environment Day!

It’s been 38 years now, this being the 39th, since the United Nations General Assembly stepped forward in an effort to make our planet a better place to live in; an effort to promote environmental issues that if taken care of would guide the present to a sustainable, prosperous and safer future; an effort to awaken the people of the world and make them contribute to the betterment of our environment; an effort that has been immensely adulated and has only earned more and more of appreciation all over; an effort better known as World Environment Day (WED).

As time matured, the 5th of June not just attained importance in the minds of people but also gradually made them understand the reason behind the constant arguments put forth by environmentalists all over the world. Now, people are well aware of the fact that they themselves, by their constant unsustainable actions, are putting their home at stake.

We took cognizance of this fact and decided to help the cause in the best way we can. This led to the establishment of our company, Norquest Bags in the year 2002. We’re a modest little company in India that makes and ships eco friendly bags to customers all over the world and believe that one day there can exist a world without plastic bags. We constantly strive to achieve this reality by working with natural fabrics like cotton and jute.

We’ve recently come up with a fabric called recycled waste cotton and another one called, juton. Juton, which is a unique blend of jute and cotton, has already bought in tremendous response from customers all over. Cotton which is rendered as waste during the spinning, weaving and cutting processes, and even discarded cotton clothes are reused and yarn is made out of it; the fabric weaved out of this yarn is recycled waste cotton.

We hope that with our existing line of products (www.badlani.com/bags) and the new ones we’ve recently introduced, we continue to serve our existing customers and every new one to the best we can and do our little bit, to save our planet, one bag at a time.

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