Blue Q #5 Shoulder Tote
Blue Q #5 Shoulder Tote by Aesthetic Apparatus must be seen! (Bought first ... then seen.) The silver in this killer tote pops. This Shoulder Tote is made with 95% post consumer recycled material, a roomy exterior pocket and shoulder length straps, and measures 15"w x 11"h x 6.25"d. Used grain sacks are collected, cleaned, ground and melted into rolls of recycled plastic, woven into durable bag fabric, printed with Blue Q's super fantastic graphics, cut and sewn into bags of all shapes and sizes, and off to work they go.
Mitch and Seth Nash are the owners and founders of Blue Q. And brothers. And Blue Q has been around since Die Hard. The first one. 1988. Blue Q was the name Mitch and Seth made up for their lighting company in 1988. Yep. Lighting. Seth says, "We were headed to the annual world's largest lighting show in Milan and we needed business cards. Blue Q was hatched in a few minutes. We never made lights, we made cardboard cats. So....that's it! Blue Q means nothing! Turned out to be a good thing considering all the products we have made and sold over the years."
Blue Q is the only company they know of who manufactures funky, fresh, smart and awesome tin banks, soap, gum, bags, t-shirts, lip balm, dish towels, ceramic toothbrush holders, lotion ET AL, carefully and thoughtfully, and with VERY BEST QUALITY (you'll notice that sentiment is on everything they make). Look, everyone knows that there is an unethical way to manufacture a water bottle, to sew a bag. Blue Q won't do that. They couldn't. They have a beautiful and long history with manufacturing their goods the right way.
So if you ever had any questions about their factory standards overseas, environmentally responsible manufacturing, the way they look at employees, labor practices and wages, you can rest assured that it is the very best quality. Blue Q doesn't compromise when manufacturing something that is affordable and desirable. They just want you to be happy. They do everything for you. Yes. You.
Blue Q employs a work force of disabled and non-disabled individuals working together to assemble their products. Blue Q has been the largest private employer of individuals with disabilities in Western Massachusetts for over 10 years. Millions of packages of Blue Q magnets, soaps and other products have been assembled in their airy, art filled Production Department. This employment program is coordinated for Blue Q by Berkshire County ARC (Association for Retarded Citizens), whose mission is "to assist and support individuals to identify and realize their chosen lifestyles." Berkshire County ARC oversees the hiring and retaining Blue Q's crew, and assists with many other aspects of their lives away from work, too. In many ways this is the soul of Blue Q, and if you come to one of their company bowling or kickball events, or observe Friday morning art classes, you'll understand why.