Fall Fashion Trend: Mad for Plaid

Mixed Bag DesignsWhether you’re participating in a fundraiser or buying products for your home, our fresh styles are sure to please. We’ve added all new prints to our collection, and this season’s trends have something for everyone!

Get ready to be pretty in plaid! Make a bold statement with our large selection of bright plaid products, from luggage, to reusable bags, and even food storage! Our plaid bags are the perfect combination of function and style. Plaid accessories are a must-have for every woman’s collection, so why not take a few home? And it’s not just a pattern for you – grab one of our insulated lunch bags too for the kids to take to school!

Cool colors are also trending this fall, especially as the weather starts to cool down. We have a large selection of deep blue, green, and purple patterns, just in time for the new season! Shop online or look through our virtual catalog too see our full selection of Fall products. Happy shopping!

Seven Tips for Planning Ahead for Fundraisers

How to Plan Ahead for FundraisersBelieve it or not, school starts in a month! Even though there is still plenty of time to soak up the sun and enjoy summertime, it’s smart to plan ahead for your fall fundraiser. Below are seven fundraising steps that are best planned early to ensure a successful fundraiser!

  1. Decide fundraising dates: Make sure everyone is on board with fundraising dates, including school administration. The sooner your time frame is set in stone, the sooner you can spread the word! Try to find out when other school fundraisers are occurring so you can avoid competition.
  2. Set a fundraising goal: Go through the budget and determine what projects the school would like to complete this year. Set a challenging but realistic goal that will motivate the student body to sell!
  3. Lay out what funds will be used for: People are much more likely to donate if they clearly know what the money is going to. Create a flyer that lists what money will be allocated to, and make sure to give plenty of copies to students to hand out to potential donors.
  4. Start finding volunteers: The more hands you have on deck the better! Whether it’s to help with posting flyers around the school, coordinate pep rallies or check in with homerooms, volunteers make a huge difference.
  5. Brainstorm fundraising incentives: Mixed Bag Designs fundraisers have a prize program, but there are tons of other rewards you can offer your students and staff for selling; pizza parties, dress up days, extra recess and more!
  6. Create a marketing strategy: How will you remind people about the fundraiser? Emails? A Phone chain? Flyers? Keep the fundraising time frame in mind, and determine how and when you will send out reminders about due dates for orders.
  7. Decide how you will track progress: Knowing how close your school is to reaching it’s goal will help encourage students to keep selling! Decide if homeroom teachers will record their class’s amount raised, and who will add up totals along the way to keep track the school’s proximity to their ultimate goal.

Fundraisers can be overwhelming at times, but not if you plan ahead! Remember these fundraising tips, and if you’d like more advice check out the Mixed Bag Designs website!

Why You Should Use Reusable Bags

use reusable bagsOur world is obsessed with single-use plastic—plastic bags, microwavable meal containers, and plastic bottles are used daily by millions, without giving a thought to what happens to all that plastic. 100 million tons of plastic are manufactured every year for products that are used for less than five minutes. The United States alone generated 32 million tons of plastic in 2012, with only 9% recycled. That means 91% of that 32 million tons (or 64 billion pounds) sits in landfills and pollutes our earth and oceans, and that’s just what was generated by one country in one year.

Plastics don’t biodegrade no matter how long they sit; they photodegrade, which requires lots of light—which there isn’t any of when plastic is buried in landfills. Even if photodegradation is possible, like a stray bag floating in the ocean, it leeches harmful chemicals into the water, hurting marine life, and eventually reaching humans. Floating plastic islands the size of Texas are in our oceans, putting animals at risk and disturbing the ecosystem. Fish, birds, whales, turtles and hundreds more are at risk of plastic ingestion and entanglement. Plastic can often be mistaken for food, and when eaten, blocks the animals digestion.

How can we help solve this big and far-reaching problem? Make small life changes and spread the word to others about the severity of the plastic epidemic. A huge source of plastic overuse is using plastic grocery bags—the average American goes through 500 per year, and if everyone in the U.S. tied their annual consumption of plastic bags together in a giant chain, it would circle the Earth’s equator 776 times! Chico Bags has a great education tool to demonstrate just how much the average 500 bags a year is—The Bag Monster! Share this humorous and sobering creature to educate others about the plastic problem.

To help combat plastic overuse, simply start using reusable bags like the totes offered by Mixed Bag Designs. They hold a whopping 50 pounds, and are made out of recycled materials. Get in the habit of keeping multiple totes in your car, as forgetting to bring bags to the store is common when adjusting your lifestyle. The problem is big, but if everyone brought their own bag it would cut down plastic pollution tremendously. Over a lifetime, use of reusable bags by just one person (you!) will save over 22,000 plastic bags.

Sources: Pucci Foods Blog,
Protect Your Central Coast, and Bag Monster: Learn the Facts

Fall 2014 Collection Available NOW!

Mixed Bag Designs Fall 2014Today’s the day! Mixed Bag Designs Fall 2014 collection is now available online. Shop totes, reusable bags, scarves, home and car storage, gifts and more in plenty of new patterns. Keep your eye out for a ton of new products as well, like the pretty and practical hanging shoe and sweater shelves, protective car mat and soft and cozy infinity scarves.

And remember, Fall is the perfect time for fundraisers—our easy and profitable fundraising program has hundreds of affordable and easy-to-sell products. Find gifts for any occasion, and products everyone is sure to love! Click here to learn more about fundraising with Mixed Bag Designs.

Mixed Bag Designs and Habitat For Humanity San Francisco

Mixed Bag Designs Habitat for Humanity San FranciscoThis past Thursday the Mixed Bag Designs team had the pleasure of working with Habitat for Humanity San Francisco and helped to build a series of 28 homes in the city. Our team scaled the scaffolding to help with siding, roofing, painting and more. Others assisted the Habitat team with foundations for patios and back entrances. All in all it was a great day filled with hard work and we are very thankful to the Habitat for Humanity team in San Francisco for allowing us to be a part of their project.

If you’d like to learn more about Habitat for Humanity, visit http://www.habitat.org.

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