FAQ

Baskets

Produce Bags

Notebooks

Shipping

 

Baskets

Why don’t you ship your baskets?

We don’t ship our baskets because the cost of shipping for such a large and awkward size is quite high. If you would like to buy a basket, but don’t live close to Ostrava, and won’t be attending one of the markets we’ll be at, please search for a basket maker local to where you live.  You will possibly pay more than if you bought it from a large retailer, but you’ll be supporting a local artist, and getting a higher quality product.

 

Produce Bags

Are your bags certified for use with food?

Our bags have been certified by the State Medical Institute in the Czech Republic in accordance with the Czech Ministry of Health under č. 38/2001 Sb (PDF download) for contact with food as per the EU regulation (EC) No 1935/2004. To view our certificates, click the link below:

Ova Bag SZU Report (PDF)

What are your produce bags made out of? 

All of our produce bags are made from GOTS approved organic cotton. The cloth and yarn used to make the bags, the drawstring closure, and the label are all organic cotton. The thread used to stitch the bags is 100% cotton, not organic cotton.

What sizes are your bags available in?

Please visit our Shop to see specific bag information.

How much do Ova Bag produce bags weigh? 

Each Ova Bag produce bag has a standard tare weight that is printed on its label. Tare weight information for each bag size is also listed in the information section for that specific bag in our Shop. Please note that tare weights for bags will change if a bag has been repaired or modified in any way, thereby voiding the printed tare weight.

What is tare weight?

Tare weight is the weight of the empty bag.

Where are your produce bags made?

Our produce bags are made in India by a facility certified by: GOTSSA8000OEKO TEX, and Fair Trade International.

Where is the cotton your bags are made from grown?

The cotton used to produce Ova Bag produce bags is grown in India.

My bag has a hole in it, what can I do?

Please visit our Bag Care page for detailed information about how you can send us your bag to be repaired, or for information about how to repair it yourself.

How often should I wash my bags?

Please visit our Bag Care page here.

Why don’t you have bags in multiple colours?

We don’t bleach our bags or dye our produce bags because we want to celebrate the simplicity and texture of organic cotton. Additionally, we are confident based on our research that unbleached, undyed organic cotton is safely biodegradable, and home compostable, allowing Ova Bag produce bags to be part of the circular economy.

Can I compost my Ova Bag produce bag?

Before composting any fabric you should first check that it is made 100% from a natural fibre like cotton, wool, linen, silk, or hemp, and is not a blended fabric. If possible, you should also check to see if the dyes used on the fabric are eco-safe dyes. If in doubt, check your local textile recycling facilities to see where and how to donate or recycle your old textiles, do not home compost them.

Ova Bag produce bags are made from 100% cotton and are not a blended fabric. According to a variety of sources, it is safe to home compost 100% cotton fabric and 100% cotton thread.

Before Home Composting your Ova Bag produce bag, REMOVE the branded label. This label has been made with organic cotton and printed using OEKO TEX approved ink. However, it is best that the label goes to an industrial composting facility IF your local collection allows for the addition of natural fabrics. Check with your local collection services before adding any natural fabrics to your bio waste bins, dispose of the label according to the rules of your local collection.

Once you have removed the label from your Ova Bag produce bag, cut it into 2cm x 2cm (or smaller) pieces. Then you can add it to your home compost bin, depending on the type of compost bin you are working with. Please be sure to check instructions for your type of home composing system before adding the cotton pieces.

 

Notebooks

What are your notebooks made from?

All of our notebooks, except for their binding, are made using donated, found, or leftover materials. These materials may or may not be “eco” depending on what is available for upcycling.

Who makes your notebooks?

Our notebooks are made by Katerina Gottwaldova here in the Czech Republic. She is an art student studying book binding. To learn more about her work, you can follow her on:

Instagram at @kaci_go

Behance at Katerina Gottwaldova

 

Shipping

Where do you ship to?

We currently ship only to EU member countries. If you are located outside the EU and wish to purchase Ova Bag products, please contact us directly and we will see if we can help.