“We are fighting disposable waste, but we’re doing it right.
We manufacture in Europe under fair conditions
– locally and with minimal carbon footprint”
– Hana Fořtová a Tereza Dvořáková
Founders
“We are fighting with disposable waste, but we take it seriously.
We know that simply putting Frusack in stores is not enough.”
“We are fighting disposable waste, but we’re doing it right.
We manufacture in Europe under fair conditions
– locally and with minimal carbon footprint”
– Hana Fořtová a Tereza Dvořáková
Founders
“We are fighting with disposable waste, but we take it seriously.
We know that simply putting Frusack in stores is not enough.”
“We are fighting disposable waste, but we’re doing it right.
We manufacture in Europe under fair conditions
– locally and with minimal carbon footprint”
– Hana Fořtová a Tereza Dvořáková
Founders
“We are fighting with disposable waste, but we take it seriously.
We know that simply putting Frusack in stores is not enough.”
“We are fighting disposable waste, but we’re doing it right.
We manufacture in Europe under fair conditions
– locally and with minimal carbon footprint”
– Hana Fořtová a Tereza Dvořáková
Founders
“We are fighting with disposable waste, but we take it seriously.
We know that simply putting Frusack in stores is not enough.”

About Frusack

Why Frusack
When the idea to create Frusack came around in 2014, sustainability was certainly not a word you would come across in everyday life. Today, we know that climate change is one of the biggest global threats to date. Just as we know that disposable plastics endanger life in the oceans, their production feeds the oil industry with a growing trend, and despite great progress on the sorting and recycling side, world plastic production still increases year by year. Is it possible to find anything positive in the information above at all? Maybe it’s just that the situation has begun to be addressed intensively at the global level and the first steps are being taken. We do not want to downplay climate change in the slightest, but intimidation only leads to stress and hopelessness. So let’s look at it positively. Every change and good news counts. Come with us to take the first step and inspire someone else to take the first steps. And why Frusack?

Because disposable plastic bags are unnecessary
Each of us consumes up to 400 of them per year. In the Czech Republic it is 4 billion pieces per year. We use each of them for the average of about 20 minutes and in the best case throw them in the sorted waste after we’re done using them. But did you know that these microtene plastic bags cannot be recycled? They are made of low-quality plastic for which there is no further use. In most cases, they end up in landfills where they get out into nature with the first gust of wind.

Because we do it like we mean it
Low quality polyester, cheap work, transport from Asia and a bag that you can buy for a few cents. Yes, this is the recipe for a “sustainable” business, but we don’t cook according to it. We never gave these wannabe sustainable methods a chance even though it was the most profitable and easy way to run a business. That would have nothing to do with sustainability. Instead, we joined forces with experts, developed a solid material from 100% PLA (polylactic acid) compostable fiber based on vegetable corn starch, without additives and mainly…without oil. We then weave, knit and sew in the Czech Republic, from fiber made in Switzerland, pack it in a Frusack sheltered workshop and send it straight to your doorstep.

Because we know Anna
Sustainable products only make sense when they are truly made considerately and ethically. We manufacture in Europe under fair conditions to those who make our products with their own two hands. From the fiber to the packaging. We are in contact with them every single day. We personally know not only Anna, but also Matthias, Vladimir or Miroslav and we also know that each of them makes sure that their employees work under fair conditions. For example, the sewing of Frusack happens in the heart of Moravia. What do you think? Isn’t it better than an overcrowded sweatshop in an industrial zone with a meager amount on the payroll?

Because we care where Frusack ends up
Frusack isn’t made from polyester, but from a compostable fiber on the basis of corn starch. The material doesn’t contain and other additives, which are usually a part of PLA (proven by BUT in Brno). In an industrial composting plant it will decompose in 8-12 days. However, composting is not available everywhere which is why we worked together with BUT in Brno to form our own system of recycling. We can already make a calibrated string for 3D printing from recycles Frusack bags and give it a further use. If you do not have access to a brown bin nearby and do not want to throw your Frusack in the mixed waste, send it back to us and we will take care of its careful disposal or further use- more here. Most importantly, remember that Frusack does NOT belong to the sorted plastic bin.

Because Frusack isn’t just a bag
We created Frusack so that we could decrease the amount of single use plastic. Simply placing Frusack in stores is not enough. Since the beginning we take our job much more seriously. You can learn more about actions we have taken in the section dedicated to Mission and Sustainability.
Features and use
Frusack was designed to be the best ally in combatting single-use plastic bags. Each person uses an average of 400 of these plastic bags per year. Even if you put them in the separated plastic bin, it is impossible to recycle them. Do you also want to get rid of them? Frusack was designed so that instead of unnecessary plastic bags you bring home with you joy from every shopping trip.

How to use Frusack?
Do you carry a reusable bag with you to the store? Great start! Frusack works on the same principle. Whether you’re heading to the farmers’ market or the supermarket, take Frusack with you. You can use it to buy vegetables and other bulk goods. With each purchase you save 3-5 microtene bags and often praise at checkout. In Frusack, you can also store food neatly, even in the refrigerator.

Frusack is practical in every aspect
See-through
Frusack is created from a sturdy material which happens to be completely see-through. At checkout, the store clerk is able to clearly see what is inside without having to open it.
Light
Frusack is very light (it doesn’t weigh more than 10 grams), therefore adding a minimal amount to the end price of the product. Of course you can choose to weigh the product first and then place it in the bag. It is also very compact and takes up almost no space in your handbag or backpack.
Easy and hygienic maintenance
Frusack may be made from a compostable fiber, but it will only start to decompose in the proper conditions ideally in the environment of an industrial composting plant. You can easily remove any dirt by running it under water in the sink or washing it at 40 ​°C without worrying about your Frusack falling apart. The material is not absorbent, dries quickly and thanks to its smooth fibers bacteria does not spread within it.
Suitable for storage
You can use your Frusack to store food in the fridge. Thanks to the breathability of the material, food is not subject to moisture and therefore is less likely to rot. Likewise fruits and vegetables do not ripen prematurely and stay fresh longer.
Price labels in stores
We didn’t want to increase the weight of the Frusack by adding an extra panel for your weight stickers. You can easily stick them around the cord so that the barcode is legible and pull it off later without any problems.
Other uses
Wondering if there are other ways to use your Frusack? Indeed there are! There are no limits to creativity. For example, it is great for packing clothes or cosmetics while travelling.
Mission and sustainability
Maybe you’re thinking that by separating your trash, you are doing the best possible thing for the planet. Separating your garbage is of course very important and you should definitely try to perfect it. However, the production of plastic is increasing annually and its reduction is necessary. Did you know that it is actually impossible to recycle plastic bags? The same goes for many other types of plastic. Right off the bat we would like to promote the reduction of plastic consumption and because this truly matters a lot to us, we are greatly aware that just placing Frusack in stores will not be enough to achieve our mission.

Education programmes in schools
What is the difference between separating your waste and recycling? Which types of plastics are non-renewable and how can we simply stop using them?
In cooperation with the Glopolis organization we have educated hundreds of children about plastic waste in a series of interactive lessons, and we will continue to do so in the future.

Conferences, lectures and workshops
Throughout the years we have tirelessly lectured at university conferences, workshops and even at large corporations not just in the Czech Republic but also abroad.

Development of the Frusack recycling systemk
Frusack does not belong in the yellow bin for sorting plastic. It can be composted in the environment of an industrial composting plant. However, such an option is not available everywhere. The principles of circular economics are reflected in everything we do. Therefore, we contacted the Faculty of Chemistry under BUT in Brno and we are working on the development of a recycling line for PLA. From Frusack we can already make a calibrated string for 3D printing and give it another use. If you do not have access to a biowaste bin and do not want to throw Frusack in mixed waste, send it back to us. We will take care of its gentle processing in our friendly composting plant or contribute to the development at BUT. We will reward you with a 20% discount on the purchase of products in our e-shop. For more info contact us through the contact form.

With Youth, Speak Up against plastics in the Chamber of Deputies
At the Chamber of Deputies of the Czech Republic, we lead a group that cooperates with experts and, together with representatives of youth organizations of political parties and deputies, we prepare draft legal regulations. In 2019, for example, we proposed the obligation to inform about the harmfulness of disposable plastics in food stores in the comment procedure for the Amendment to the Packaging Act. Why? We want to raise awareness and motivate customers to change. You can find more about the Youth, Speak Up initiative here.

Side by side with the giants
Large corporations are often the main target of criticism in connection with environmental pollution. But they do not disappear anywhere and their direction is crucial for improving the situation, and we are happy that instead of greenwashing, real deeds are starting to happen. Side by side with Unilever, we contributed to the Slightly Better Czechia and Slovakia campaign, with the global brand of sustainable functional clothing Icebreaker, we created gift Zero Waste Kits, we lectured for L’Oréal as part of Sustainability Week

Frusack is a proud member of the Social Responsibility Association
The Association of Social Responsibility (A-CSR) is the largest initiative of Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) from the UN in the Czech Republic. Through an active dialogue with the state, A-CSR significantly influences and creates CSR policy and the sustainable development agenda in the Czech Republic. Side by side with large and small companies, we pull together.
Frequently asked questions

What is Frusack for?
Frusack serves as a replacement for disposable microtene bags, which you use to buy fruit, vegetables and other bulk goods. If you think billions of plastic bags is a completely unnecessary waste and you don’t want to contribute to the number with your consumption, Frusack will be your best companion. But it is also great for packing laundry for travel or storing food.

How to use Frusack?
Carry Frusack with you repeatedly for shopping. You simply load the goods into it, weigh them and stick the label on the cord. Try to calculate how many bags you have saved per year! Isn’t that great?

What is Frusack made of?
Frusack is made of PLA (polylactic acid) based on corn starch without any additives. Thus, oil is not processed for production, but plant residues are used that are not suitable as food or animal feed. The label and thread are made of cotton, the cord is made of viscose (cellulose polymer) and the packaging is made of recycled paper.

Where is Frusack made?
The fiber is produced in premium quality in Switzerland. All further steps are already underway in the Czech Republic. Knitting, sewing, packaging or production of components – all this takes place with us under fair conditions for suppliers.

Can I shop in the supermarket with Frusack?
One hundred times yes! You load the goods into the Frusack in the same way as into a microtene bag and go through the cash register. Often also with praise from the staff.

Can I buy bread and pastry in Frusack?
Definitely yes. Thanks to this, you will not use an unnecessary bag. At home, we recommend transferring the pastry to the bread box, wrapping it in a deep bowl in towels made of natural materials, or having one ziplock bag ready, which you will use for a long time to store the pastry.

Can I store food in Frusack?
Frusack is very practical for storage in the refrigerator and outside it and will help you keep everything organized. The material is breathable, so food does not steam in the refrigerator and is not subject to rot. Outside the refrigerator, thanks to their breathability, they do not ripen quickly and stay fresh longer.

How to take care of Frusack? Can it be washed?
Yes, PLA fiber is not absorbent and most dirt can be rinsed under running water. However, you can also wash the Frusack in a washing machine at 40 ° C. Dry it loose and do not expose it to high temperatures. Frusack is not intended for sharp objects. Do not soak the Frusack for a long time and always rinse dirt off immediately.

How long will Frusack last?
The frusack is made of a very strong material. The fiber begins to decompose only at long-term exposure to temperatures above 53 ° C. You have a warranty from us for two years. However, it can last for many years, depending on the intensity of use.

Is Frusack safe for food storage?
Frusack is certified for food contact. This way you can be sure that it does not contain any dangerous substances.

Where to throw Frusack at the end of its life cycle?
Frusack DOES NOT belong in the yellow plastic sorting bin. It can be composted in the environment of an industrial composting plant, where waste from bio-waste containers is collected. However, such an option is not available everywhere. The principles of circular economics are reflected in everything we do. Therefore, we contacted the Faculty of Chemistry under BUT in Brno and we are working on the development of a recycling line for PLA. From Frusack we can already make a calibrated string for 3D printing and give it another use.
If you do not have access to a biowaste bin and do not want to throw Frusack in the emixed waste, send it back to us. We will take care of its gentle processing in our friendly composting plant or contribute to the development at BUT. We will reward you with a 20% discount on the purchase of products on our e-shop. For more info contact us through the contact form.

Why does Frusack cost more than some other bags?
Poor quality polyester, cheap labor, transportation from Asia and a recipe for “sustainable” business are in the world. You can buy such a bag for CZK 9.90. Yes, we know it too, but we don’t cook according to it. We never gave this method a chance. Although it would be the most profitable and easiest way. But it would have nothing to do with sustainability.
Instead, we joined forces with experts, developed a solid material from 100% PLA (polylactic acid) compostable fiber based on vegetable starch without additives and most importantly – without oil. We then weave, knit, sew from a fiber made in Switzerland in the Czech Republic, pack it in a sheltered Frusack workshop and send it straight to you.
Sustainable products only make sense if they are produced really gently and ethically. We produce in Europe under fair conditions for those under whose hands Frusack is created. From fiber to packaging. We know that each of our partners pays employees fairly and provides them with the best conditions. For example, the sewing of Frusack is now taking place in the heart of Pálava. Well, isn’t that better than a crowded sweatshop in an industrial zone with a meager amount on the payroll?


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