"When I go into the Garment factory the Inmates are so proud of their work and so many ideas of what we can change or improve on. These men are very creative and they are now using it in a positive way." Shawna Pierson - iTySE Owner
Stylish & Sustainable
I knew I would never haul a bunch of bulky, nasty looking bags to the store. My bags needed to be *Compact *Strong *Washable *Versatile
It really is about forming a habit. I remember when we were told we needed to start wearing seatbelts, we all laughed and said that will never happen and yet here we are wearing seatbelts every day.
They say that one of the next big messes in the landfill will be the cheap reusable bags. These bags, if washable will weaken after a few washes, end up stuffed in the back of the closet and then tossed!
iTySE bags are totally washable, just toss them in with your regular laundry, stuff them back in their case and you are ready to go. These bags are great for travel, camping, picking mushrooms, sporting events just everyday use.
We have a 25 year guarantee!
I was very focused on making the bags in the USA, but found it hard to find a manufacturer. The connection with Oregon Corrections Enterprises was almost a God thing, it just kinda happened. A friend mentioned that each Oregon prison had a Cottage Industry.
Quality Workmanship by Inmates giving back to society, thru skilled labor, while paying victims restitution, child support, room & board, judicial court costs and taxes. OCE is not supported by tax dollars
When I go into the Garment factory the Inmates are so proud of their work and so many ideas of what we can change or improve on. These men are very creative and they are now using it in a positive way
WHEN YOU KNOW BETTER, YOU DO BETTER!
I don't like being told what to do. I do however believe that when you know better you do better!
The average American family takes home an estimated 1,500 plastic bags a year, seriously we can do better.
The average plastic bag is used 12 minuets, are you kidding me!
It really is about changing a habit, making a decision to do your part! When you invest your hard earned cash into a bag you want to make sure it is durable, washable and MADE IN THE USA!
When I told my husband what I wanted to do he didn't understand, I had to educate him on the why. When I told him I would be working with inmates to make them, he was a little shocked ;) When I told him the money I paid them would go back to pay victims restitution he was proud!
He has been quietly waiting for iTySE to become a house hold name i Told You So ED! Like I always tell him, He is a LUCKY MAN!