Simple Peace is the brainchild of DeAnna Reposa who feels that going green does not have to involve compromising quality or style. While on a mission to reduce her paper/plastic bag suburban shopping lifestyle, DeAnna started using paper bags exclusively. Then she went to reusing paper bags that were kept in the back of her car. Still dissatisfied with her ecological impact, she bought every reusable canvas, fabric, polypropylene recycled product, and wasn't yet satisfied. "They were too flimsy. The more I learned about the environmental impact of grocery shopping, the more I became obsessed with not only buying organic, local foods, but also with finding a fabric to make a bag to bring it home. I wanted fabric that was organic or sustainable and beautiful."
The name, Simple Peace, came from many Sunday masses with DeAnna's high school boyfriend. She loved the time during mass when you turn to your neighbor and wish them peace. "Peace be with you….and also with you." What a beautiful tradition - wishing your neighbor peace whether they were strangers, friends or relatives.
When thinking of a name, DeAnna wanted to incorporate her wish for the health of the planet, the well being of her family and...peace...Simple Peace.
Each day we become more aware of the effects our actions have on the environment. Make a difference. Peace be with you.
The mission of Simple Peace is to produce and make available beautiful, stylish reusable bags made of heavy duty natural canvas and sustainable materials. In addition to providing a product, we also strive for social and environmental responsibility in running our business. We use local whenever possible. Our bags are ethically made using fair wage labor. All of our marketing materials, product tags and office supplies are printed on 100% post consumer recycled paper. We are certified by Green America as a company that is good for people and good for the planet; our canvas/hemp shopping bags are proudly made in the U.S.A. We are a 10% solution business, which means we give a percentage of our profits to charity, volunteer our time, and are dedicated to the green movement.
According to the EPA, over 380 billion plastic bags are consumed in the US each year. Plastic bags don't biodegrade, they photo degrade which means they break down into smaller bits contaminating the soil and waterways. Hundreds of thousands of marine animals die each year from plastic bag ingestion. Reusable bags are the best alternative.
Hemp is naturally resistant to insects and therefore can be grown free of chemical pesticides. It is also fast growing and renewable.
Simple Peace wants to make a difference. Our first Fair Trade project is working with the village artisans of Tigmijjou, Essaouira, Morocco. These artisans have formed a cooperative with the help of the Peace Corp small business development volunteers. Fair Trade helps artisans get a fair wage and fair price for their products while preserving traditional culture. These Fair Trade artisans respect nature, and produce their products using sustainable methods. Forming a cooperative allows the artisans to work directly with importers, cutting out unnecessary middleman. Fair Trade is good for the environment and good for families.