For Tonia Torrellas, the solution to cutting down on the plastic waste from dry cleaners seemed obvious:
Create a reusable dry cleaning bag customers could use to drop off and pick up their clothes, eliminating those pesky plastic coverings traditionally sent home by cleaners.
It took only months to come up with the initial design of It's My Bag, but it's taken two-plus years and counting to try to get both customers and dry cleaners to change their habits and be willing to pay extra for her greener option.
"In the beginning, I was starry-eyed thinking it was all going to be easy," says Torrellas, 53, founder of Hicksville-based It's My B Inc., the parent of It's My Bag. "I was mistaken." More...
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Reusable Garment Bags
HICKSVILLE, NY — It’s My B, Inc, the manufacturer of the reusable “It’s My Bag” dry cleaning bag, has announced the availability of its new “Econo-Bag.”
“It’s My Bag” eliminates the need for conventional plastic wrapping. The company said that production improvements put in place specifically for the Econo-Bag will let dry cleaners, retail outlets, hotel cleaning services, etc., to more effectively distribute the product to their customers.
The quality of the reusable bag remains the same as the original prototype.
The patent-pending bag is designed to function as both a hamper and garment bag, allowing consumers to hygienically store both dirty and clean clothes in the same bag, at the same time.
Made of durable, flexible vinyl and a breathable non-woven poly-pro material, the Econo-Bag is a versatile, reusable garment bag that will sustain multiple trips to the dry cleaner, the gym, or overnight business trips. It’s My B, Inc. was founded in January 2009, by Hicksville, NY, resident Tonia Torrellas. It’s My Bag was ranked among “Cool New Green Gear” by CNBC.com after debuting at the New York City Green Expo in March 2010.
(Hicksville, NY - June 1, 2010):
It's My B, Inc. (www.ItsMyB.com), the manufacturer of reusable dry cleaning bags has become a member of the National Green Energy Council.
It's My B has created one "place" to gather dry cleaning, cart it to the dry cleaners and bring it home while at the same time providing a unique "green" solution to this county's worsening problem of plastic waste.
Developed in 2009 by registered nurse Tonia Torrellas, It's My B bags offer a revolutionary new take on getting your dry cleaning done by replacing the single-use plastic bags commonly used with reusable ones manufactured from vinyl and nylon.
Global consumption of plastic bags - dry cleaning, supermarket, etc. - is currently estimated at over 500 billion annually or one million per minute, according to Natural-Environment.com. But with the It's My B bag, that number can be dramatically reduced when it comes to the dry cleaning industry.
"Our goal is to reduce single-use plastics - one reusable item at a time," said Torrellas of her product, which following the March 2010 Go Green Expo in New York City, was ranked among "Cool New Green Gear" by CNBC.com.
What makes It's My B even more "green" is that each bag does double duty. Not only is it perfect for transporting laundry to and from the dry cleaner, but it also unfolds into a garment bag, perfect for storing clothing in a home closet or on the back of a door. It can also be used for travel to the gym, office or on vacation.
Designed with an invoice pocket for dry cleaning tickets and a space to personalize, the It's My B bag offers customers piece of mind when dropping off and picking up their clothing. By reusing the same bag, each dry cleaning customer will play a major role in reducing plastic waste.
Additionally, its versatile, Patent Pending, design, features a built-in, segregated hamper feature that allows you to hygienically store both dirty and clean clothes.
"The habitual changes needed to really make a difference in helping reverse the effects of Global Climate Change will need to be educated in all facets of our day to day life. It's My B dry cleaning bags are a substantial tool in educating the dry cleaning consumer that they can make a difference in making our planet more sustainable for the future" Said GEC National President, Ralph Avallone.
"What our organization loves most is that this product has manufacturing in the good old USA" Continued Avallone.
To purchase a bag or for more information, visit ItsMyB.com; call 1-877-4-ItsMyB (1-877-448-7692) or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About The International Green Energy Council
The IGEC is an International non-profit association comprised of individuals and companies that promote "Green" (sustainable) forms of energy production, renewable energy sources, and sustainable design practices and advanced thinking in utilizing education and information for the promotion of being better stewards of our environment. The IGEC is comprised of renewable energy companies, developers, builders, material suppliers, subcontractors, consultants, lending institutions, utilities, installers, designers, manufacturers, engineers, inspectors, consultants and others involved in and out of the "green" community.