Multipurpose bags

Roopa Srinivas of Chandler, right, and Sonal Joshi show how gift bags Srinivas designed can be repurposed as handbags. (Special to SanTan Sun News)

Just because ‘tis the season doesn’t mean people should ignore the accumulation of wasted paper that usually comes with gift-giving.

With this in mind, Roopa Srinivas of Chandler has started a business making reusable gift bags out of old fabric that also can be folded into colorful decorations.

“We want to save paper and not use plastic decorations which will go to waste, so we have designed these bags,” Srivinas explained.

Made in India, the multipurpose bags also can be used as backpacks, handbags and/or for gift-giving. “They  also can fold into a small size for easy carrying in a purse,” she added.

The bags come in only one size – 17”x10”x5”– in red, gold and multicolors. They also are reversible, increasing its use with garments of different colors.

Srivinas said she created their design after “seeing all the gift bags that were trashed after my twins’ birthday party.”

Costing $9, the bags can be purchased on Etsy and eBay by shopping under “GurlzBiz” or “multipurpose reusable fabric gift bags.”

Shipping in the U.S. is free and orders are processed in one or two days, Srivinas said.


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