FAQ

How can I order a SISU bag or a SISU pouch?

Go to "Store" in the menu above, then choose your desired product and a pattern for it (for example, choose "Large SISU bag" and then "White"). Add to cart. Click on the banner above to check out. Make sure that all the chosen products are correct, fill in the necessary information and a receipt should be sent to your email address. We will send you the parcel once you have transferred us the money.

How are SISU bags and pouches shipped?

We ship the bags and pouches by mail to your mailbox (for orders of up to 3 bags) or to a parcel machine (to the Baltics and Finland). If you would like to order it to another country, please contact us and we will find a way to do that.

We use upcycled packaging materials and paper tape to wrap your purchases.

What are SISU bags and pouches made of?

All SISU bags and pouches are made of upcycled materials - that means they are made of leftover textile that we receive from a second-hand shop and a factory.

Where are SISU bags and pouches made?

SISU bags and pouches are made in Estonia.

Who makes SISU bags?

SISU bags are made by people with disabilities from Estonia.

Why should I use a SISU bag?

To help solve the enormous global problem of plastic pollution that is affecting literally everyone.

Most plastic items are only used for a very short time, often under an hour, before they are dumped "away". But truthfully there is no "away" and nearly all these items stay lingering around for decades at least. They degrade into microplastic that is nearly impossible to clean and makes its way through animals of all sizes into our food. Humans are eating pieces of plastic because we are using it too much.

Using a SISU bag eliminates the majority of cases when you would take a new small plastic bag. It also reduces textile waste because they are made of perfectly good leftover materials that would otherwise be dumped "away". Additionally, you are providing a job for people with disabilities.

What can I use a SISU bag or a SISU pouch for?

Large bags are especially handy for buying fruits, vegetables and loaves of bread from the supermarket or a farmers' market. Small bags are perfect for buying dried goods like pasta and granola, pastries, sweets and handfuls of veggies. They can also be used for buying soap bars from a cosmetics' shop or screws and nuts from a hardware' store.

SISU bags are great for organising your cables and socks when travelling and wrapping a gift for a friend.

Last but not least, a small SISU bag can hold your collection of SISU bags together in your backpack in an organised manner.

A SISU bag can be used for carrying a spoon and a fork in your bag whenever you go to a festival, concert, eat take-away on the go, hike or in any other situation when you would use disposable cutlery.

These are only the use cases that our team has come up with - there are plenty more!

What if my SISU bag or pouch gets dirty?

No worries, wash it in the washing machine with your regular laundry (we recommend washing it at 30C or 40C). Usually there is no need to wash your bag after each time you use it.

What will I do with my SISU bag once I do not want it anymore?

If your SISU bag or pouch is still in a good condition, find a new owner for it. Offer it to your family members, neighbours, friends or colleagues. You can also join "Trash for Treasure" groups on social media where pre-loved belongings are found new owners.

If your SISU bag or pouch has holes in it or has become otherwise worn-out, cut it up and use it as cleaning cloth in your household. Alternatively, you can dispose of it in a textile collection point. NB: 1) for that the bag must be clean (wash it in the washing machine). 2) make sure you are not putting it in a clothes' collection bin - nobody will wear it and it will make it more difficult for the people sorting through the clothes.

If your SISU bag or pouch is irreversibly stained or otherwise dysfunctional and none of the previous solutions suit, dispose of it along with the household waste.

What is upcycling?

Upcycling is a way of manufacturing where the starting material is something left over from some other process. The textiles we use for SISU bags and pouches have been through first-hand shops, second-hand shops and have ended up about to be recycled (or they have been left over at a factory about to be thrown "away"). We give them a new life before they will be finally recycled.