Distributes over 3,000 reusable bags to our community at no cost every year


Diverts over 1,000 pounds of fabric from the landfill every year


Over 9,000 hours of community service...and counting
Volunteer Sue Hansen instructs community members on how to sew a R2B bag.

our purpose

Our Rags2Bags Team is a community fixture and volunteer powerhouse focused on reducing the use of plastic bags in Tallahassee. Our volunteers use donated fabric to sew reusable shopping bags, which are then distributed to the community at no cost. Each bag comes with an educational pamphlet with information about the benefits of reducing our consumption of single-use plastics.

Volunteers meet weekly and welcome new participants. Even if you’re a sewing novice, volunteers will teach you the basics and get you sewing their signature fabric bags in no time!

Volunteer Champions

On January 26, 2021, the Leon County Commission recognized Peggy Sanford and the Rags2Bags team for their heroic efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. The team sewed and distributed over 15,000 cloth masks to the community.
Photo credit: Bob O'Lary

The A-Team

Rags2Bags is an integral part of the community, often donating their bags to different volunteer efforts, including providing bags for Community Thrift Market's Thanksgiving donations and the Manna on Meridian monthly food distribution.

Community Mentors

Our Rags2Bags volunteers believe in sharing their talents with others. In 2021, our volunteers helped an Eagle Scout with her project. Volunteers are also available to teach you sewing basics so you can be put to work!

Join the Rags2Bags Volunteers

Rags2Bags meets on Thursdays from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (except holidays) at the Manna Cottage, Faith Presbyterian, 2200 N. Meridian Road, Tallahassee, FL 32303. Contact program chair Peggy Sanford at admin@sustainabletallahassee.org for more information.  

want to do more?

Our Rags2Bags team is an important initiative in our overall mission of waste & consumption reduction. 

If you’re interested in getting involved in our other efforts to reduce waste, especially from single-use plastics, join our Everyday Sustainability Committee. 

Want to Make Your Own R2B Bag?
Download these instructions for the signature Rags2Bags bag.
  • P.O. Box 765
  • Tallahassee, FL 
  • 32303
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