Irresistibly Reusable

RuMe bags are designed for reusability, and it’s easy to imagine 101 ways to use these versatile bags at home, school, work and on the go. The creators are Jae and Katy Lee, a husband-and-wife team on a mission to offer affordable products that use fewer resources without sacrificing style or functionality. RuMe bags come in scores of patterns and sizes, and they all share a few key features: They’re made from a very strong, water-resistant and machine-washable polyester material and constructed with double-bound seams. The sturdiness and attention to detail really distinguishes these bags, which are sewn in South Korea in a factory that adheres to fair trade practices. You can stash snacks and sundries in the smaller bags, while the midsize tote bag can hold groceries, books and other cargo weighing up to 50 pounds. For travel pros, the see-through Reveal design makes it easy to keep your toiletries exposed (to abide by security regulations) without having to pack them in a flimsy throwaway bag. A clever option for on-the-go coffee drinkers is the Cuff, a protective sleeve for coffee cups that includes a zippered pocket for stashing essentials (and it also doubles as an armband carrier). When you’re not using them, the RuMe bags are easy to roll up and tuck in your purse, backpack or car so you always have one on hand.

RuMe

Reusable Baggies and Totes

Irresistibly Reusable

RuMe bags are designed for reusability, and it’s easy to imagine 101 ways to use these versatile bags at home, school, work and on the go. The creators are Jae and Katy Lee, a husband-and-wife team on a mission to offer affordable products that use fewer resources without sacrificing style or functionality. RuMe bags come in scores of patterns and sizes, and they all share a few key features: They’re made from a very strong, water-resistant and machine-washable polyester material and constructed with double-bound seams. The sturdiness and attention to detail really distinguishes these bags, which are sewn in South Korea in a factory that adheres to fair trade practices. You can stash snacks and sundries in the smaller bags, while the midsize tote bag can hold groceries, books and other cargo weighing up to 50 pounds. For travel pros, the see-through Reveal design makes it easy to keep your toiletries exposed (to abide by security regulations) without having to pack them in a flimsy throwaway bag. A clever option for on-the-go coffee drinkers is the Cuff, a protective sleeve for coffee cups that includes a zippered pocket for stashing essentials (and it also doubles as an armband carrier). When you’re not using them, the RuMe bags are easy to roll up and tuck in your purse, backpack or car so you always have one on hand.

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Katy
    Katy

    Hello! I'm Katy, Co-Founder (with my husband, Jae) of RuMe Bags. Our goal at RuMe is to create useful, durable and affordable products you can use and reuse daily (created with a serious dose of style of course). We'd love to hear your feedback and answer any questions you may have!

  • Roseann Ciesla
    Roseann Ciesla
    7/29/2011 1:14 PM

    Are they made from sustainable or recycled material. That should be the standard if you are truly environmentally responsible.

  • Kindra
    Kindra
    7/29/2011 4:48 PM

    @Roseann Ciesla: I have heard that the recycling process actually puts more harmful chemicals into the environment, so I'm not sure that is true. I would be interested in Katy's response.

  • Katy
    Katy – Special Guest
    7/29/2011 5:39 PM

    @Kindra: Hi Kindra, We also discovered the recycling process for most fabrics like polyester takes a tremendous amount of water, energy and chemicals with as little as 10% reclaimed fabric durable enough to be made into a consumer products. We believe the process is just as important as the final outcome so if we’re using massive amounts of water, burning fossil fuels and using chemicals to breakdown products in the name of recycling, what good have we really done. Recycling is very important and polyester is best recycled downstream to make other plastic items that are not as technical like traffic cones. Reusability is the core of all of our products, it’s even in our name, ReUseMe.

  • Katy
    Katy – Special Guest
    7/29/2011 5:38 PM

    @Roseann Ciesla: as with most products there is always tradeoffs in the manufacturing process. First and foremost, we believe how it is made is equally as important as what it is made from and that is why chose to manufacture in a modern and developed country, South Korea. We chose traditional polyester for the added durability and thus reusability. Recycling is last in the order of sustainable living, first being reducing and second reusing. We believe that by designing products that our customers can use and reuse in their everyday lives will leave less of an environmental impact. We also discovered during our start-up process that recycled polyester takes a tremendous amount of water, energy and chemicals to breakdown the polyester in a reusable fiber, less than 10% is reclaimed. Organic materials like cotton are great but they’re not as lightweight, compact or durable. Plus, cotton is one of the world's thirstiest crops. About 1,500 gallons of water are required to produce the 1.5 pounds of cotton, equal to one pair of jeans. Overall, we believe by providing high quality, durable, fair trade made reusable products even though they’re made of polyester will enable our customers to lead a more sustainable lifestyle.

  • Kate H
    Kate H
    7/29/2011 1:14 PM

    What are these bags made out of?

    Thanks!

  • Katy
    Katy – Special Guest
    7/29/2011 1:47 PM

    Hi Kate, RuMe bags are made out of Polyester.

  • Deb
    Deb
    7/29/2011 2:54 PM

    I've used RuMe bags for years now and given them as gifts. They are incredibly strong and hold amazing amounts of stuff. The flat bottom sits nicely in the trunk/wayback of a car. And they wash up very well. A big winner in my book.

  • Lisa
    Lisa
    7/29/2011 3:57 PM

    I have been using the same RUME bags for years and years! Although I cannot stand the thought of polyester and where it comes from, the fact that I have probably washed my bags 400+ times and they are still strong and great looking, means they are environmentally responsible! I have friends that buy cheaper bags, or even organic cotton bags, but have to throw them out/recycle as they wear out and break. (also, the washable part is soooo phenomenal...think of where our bags go and what's on car floors and conveyer belts, yuck!). I'm going to get an on the go set now, I want some of those baggies and a mini!!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/29/2011 4:50 PM

    @Lisa: Thanks for sharing your perspective. It is very hard to balance all of the factors that make a product environmentally responsible. Creating a product whose useful life is counted in years is definitely an important factor. We're glad to hear from someone who has been using these bags for a long time and can attest to their durability. Thank you for stopping by.

  • Sheryl Schultz
    Sheryl Schultz
    7/30/2011 9:50 AM

    I love my RuMe bags, baggies and pockets. I used them for everything - traveling, shopping, going to meetings, in my handbag. They make perfect gifts, too!

  • Barbara Raho
    Barbara Raho
    7/30/2011 1:24 PM

    I have tried a number of re-usable bags and RuMe bags are by far the best. In addition to having the best functionality, they come in all sorts of great patterns and can be easily personalized. I have been getting bags customized for non-profits that I work with and they are my go-to hostess gift and add-on birthday gift for all my friends.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

RuMe

Reusable Baggies and Totes

Irresistibly Reusable

RuMe bags are designed for reusability, and it’s easy to imagine 101 ways to use these versatile bags at home, school, work and on the go. The creators are Jae and Katy Lee, a husband-and-wife team on a mission to offer affordable products that use fewer resources without sacrificing style or functionality.

RuMe bags come in scores of patterns and sizes, and they all share a few key features: They’re made from a very strong, water-resistant and machine-washable polyester material and constructed with double-bound
seams. The sturdiness and attention to detail really distinguishes these bags, which are sewn in South Korea in a factory that adheres to fair trade practices.

You can stash snacks and sundries in the smaller bags, while the midsize tote bag can hold groceries, books and other cargo weighing up to 50 pounds. For travel pros, the see-through Reveal design makes it easy to keep your toiletries exposed (to abide by security regulations) without having to pack them in a flimsy throwaway bag. A clever option for on-the-go coffee drinkers is the Cuff, a protective sleeve for coffee cups that includes a zippered pocket for stashing essentials (and it also doubles as an armband carrier).

When you’re not using them, the RuMe bags are easy to roll up and tuck in your purse, backpack or car so you always have one on hand.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Katy
    Katy

    Hello! I'm Katy, Co-Founder (with my husband, Jae) of RuMe Bags. Our goal at RuMe is to create useful, durable and affordable products you can use and reuse daily (created with a serious dose of style of course). We'd love to hear your feedback and answer any questions you may have!

  • Roseann Ciesla
    Roseann Ciesla
    7/29/2011 1:14 PM

    Are they made from sustainable or recycled material. That should be the standard if you are truly environmentally responsible.

  • Kindra
    Kindra
    7/29/2011 4:48 PM

    @Roseann Ciesla: I have heard that the recycling process actually puts more harmful chemicals into the environment, so I'm not sure that is true. I would be interested in Katy's response.

  • Katy
    Katy – Special Guest
    7/29/2011 5:39 PM

    @Kindra: Hi Kindra, We also discovered the recycling process for most fabrics like polyester takes a tremendous amount of water, energy and chemicals with as little as 10% reclaimed fabric durable enough to be made into a consumer products. We believe the process is just as important as the final outcome so if we’re using massive amounts of water, burning fossil fuels and using chemicals to breakdown products in the name of recycling, what good have we really done. Recycling is very important and polyester is best recycled downstream to make other plastic items that are not as technical like traffic cones. Reusability is the core of all of our products, it’s even in our name, ReUseMe.

  • Katy
    Katy – Special Guest
    7/29/2011 5:38 PM

    @Roseann Ciesla: as with most products there is always tradeoffs in the manufacturing process. First and foremost, we believe how it is made is equally as important as what it is made from and that is why chose to manufacture in a modern and developed country, South Korea. We chose traditional polyester for the added durability and thus reusability. Recycling is last in the order of sustainable living, first being reducing and second reusing. We believe that by designing products that our customers can use and reuse in their everyday lives will leave less of an environmental impact. We also discovered during our start-up process that recycled polyester takes a tremendous amount of water, energy and chemicals to breakdown the polyester in a reusable fiber, less than 10% is reclaimed. Organic materials like cotton are great but they’re not as lightweight, compact or durable. Plus, cotton is one of the world's thirstiest crops. About 1,500 gallons of water are required to produce the 1.5 pounds of cotton, equal to one pair of jeans. Overall, we believe by providing high quality, durable, fair trade made reusable products even though they’re made of polyester will enable our customers to lead a more sustainable lifestyle.

  • Kate H
    Kate H
    7/29/2011 1:14 PM

    What are these bags made out of?

    Thanks!

  • Katy
    Katy – Special Guest
    7/29/2011 1:47 PM

    Hi Kate, RuMe bags are made out of Polyester.

  • Deb
    Deb
    7/29/2011 2:54 PM

    I've used RuMe bags for years now and given them as gifts. They are incredibly strong and hold amazing amounts of stuff. The flat bottom sits nicely in the trunk/wayback of a car. And they wash up very well. A big winner in my book.

  • Lisa
    Lisa
    7/29/2011 3:57 PM

    I have been using the same RUME bags for years and years! Although I cannot stand the thought of polyester and where it comes from, the fact that I have probably washed my bags 400+ times and they are still strong and great looking, means they are environmentally responsible! I have friends that buy cheaper bags, or even organic cotton bags, but have to throw them out/recycle as they wear out and break. (also, the washable part is soooo phenomenal...think of where our bags go and what's on car floors and conveyer belts, yuck!). I'm going to get an on the go set now, I want some of those baggies and a mini!!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/29/2011 4:50 PM

    @Lisa: Thanks for sharing your perspective. It is very hard to balance all of the factors that make a product environmentally responsible. Creating a product whose useful life is counted in years is definitely an important factor. We're glad to hear from someone who has been using these bags for a long time and can attest to their durability. Thank you for stopping by.

  • Sheryl Schultz
    Sheryl Schultz
    7/30/2011 9:50 AM

    I love my RuMe bags, baggies and pockets. I used them for everything - traveling, shopping, going to meetings, in my handbag. They make perfect gifts, too!

  • Barbara Raho
    Barbara Raho
    7/30/2011 1:24 PM

    I have tried a number of re-usable bags and RuMe bags are by far the best. In addition to having the best functionality, they come in all sorts of great patterns and can be easily personalized. I have been getting bags customized for non-profits that I work with and they are my go-to hostess gift and add-on birthday gift for all my friends.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.