About Us

New Bags, Old Idea

Hands On Hemp embraces wisdom of the past for answers to our future.

Our Story:

Hands On Hemp reusable bags began several years ago in a phone call with my mother.  She told me she was bummed because her 30 year old cloth produce bags were finally wearing out and she couldn't find any more in stores. 

I grew up seeing my mom using these bags so I knew it was a big deal she was having trouble replacing them.  I started to realize the significance of cloth reusable produce and bulk bags and it quickly became obvious that I would be making some new and improved bags - not only enough for her, but for the rest of us living on mother earth!

We modeled our bags after her old ones, but I decided to make ours mostly out of hemp fabric (blended with some organic cotton) because hemp is very environmentally friendly and also a great fabric for moisture retention and breathability.  We also decided to make two sizes - one perfect for bulk and pastries and one perfect for produce and bread.

So, now we are back to the future with Hands On Hemp produce and bulk bags.

The ironic part of this story is that my mother bought those cloth bags for produce just about the same time plastic produce bags were making their debut in mainstream markets.

For the last 30 years, while most of us were adapting to plastic bags and using on average, 500 a year (adding up to about 15,000 over 30 years) my mom used those same 6 bags over and over and over again. She always did go against the mainstream!

So, what we found out is that the solution to our plastic and paper bag problems existed long before those problems even existed.

Now that plastic and paper have proven unsustainable, irresponsible, and totally devastating, our best option is to go back to the good ‘ole cloth bags. And just in the nick of time for my mom to stock up for another 30 years.

This was one of my mom’s original bags:

Check it out! The original bag!

 Oh and look at that!......

It turns out that this original bag is not retired after all.  It has found a new happy life in becoming our coffee filter!





I wanted to do something for the planet:

My decision to create a business like Hands On Hemp reusable bags was motivated by my love for this planet. I wanted not only to make a living, but also to live my values. I'm lucky enough to have a mom, dad, and partner who support my vision. They've all invested in my dreams and helped get Hands On Hemp on its way.

Currently, my partner Kim and I run the business. Because of our environmental motivation, we have become much more aware of our own eco-impact on all levels and continue to take actions that bring us closer into balance with nature.  We are both vegan, just got a rooftop solar panel lease for our house/office, minimize driving and bike as much as possible, minimize plastic and synthetic consumption, adopt pets, volunteer and we're always working to give more, take less and support others to make fulfilling and life-affirming sustainable choices for our earth community.

We're proud that our Hands-On Hemp bags help others take their own steps towards being stewards of the planet. Using our reusable bags couldn't be easier, more affordable, and satisfying for carrying home and storing your food. 

You'll feel great about using Hands On Hemp reusable bags and saying "no" to plastic and paper!

Reuse On!



 Hands On Hemp Founders

More About Us:

Ariel Goettinger is the founder and primary owner of Hands On Hemp. Her interest has always been in consciousness and healing. At first she was focused on psychology and group dynamics.  But before she could start her therapy practice, she made a 90 degree turn and decided to focus on healing our planet.  Ariel's journey first took her into learning about the inner realm of being human and then next to the outer impact of humans on the planet.  Now Ariel is developing a unique approach to both healing ourselves and the planet to offer to people whether they are more focused on the personal or the planetary.

Contact Ariel at Ariel@handsonhemp.com

Kim Emmert works for Hands On Hemp in whatever capacity is needed at the moment. She loves being involved with a business that does good deeds for the planet.

Kim has spent most of her adult life learning about and living a life with an emphasis on the evolution of consciousness. She spent 18 years in an intentional spiritual community and is also a certified yoga teacher and is training to be a certified Biodynamic Craniosacral therapist. She brings her experience working with consciousness to her work with Hands On Hemp on a daily basis since it is her belief that the only way the human race will change in time to save the planet from environmental disaster is through a deep change in consciousness.

Contact Kim at Kim@handsonhemp.com





 A message from the Founder of Hands-On Hemp:

I, like many of you, simply want to help our earth survive for generations to come and not leave it as a toxic waste dump for other innocent living species.



It really is obvious:

What else do we have except our earth?
Without supporting the earth that gives us our lives, everything else can only be some kind of illusion: success, money, beauty, knowledge, healing, and even spirituality.

Our earth is far older and wiser, more beautiful and successful than any of us can ever hope to be. She is certainly more nonviolent, tolerant, and forgiving.

I believe that as resident participants of this earth, we all have a moral duty to care for our creator instead of treating her like trash, literally.

Despite our human intelligence and the splendor of this planet, something is going wrong and it has everything to do with plastic, paper, fossil fuels, and us.

The change that is needed would change how we do everything, so our task is nothing short of evolution.

When I created these bags, I took change into my own hands. Please join in, because together is the only way we can significantly give back to our earth and all of her glorious off-spring, including our own selves.

Ariel Goettinger
Founder and Owner of Hands On Hemp Reusable Bags


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We are a woman-owned business whose vision is two-fold: to make a difference through what we do and how we do it. It is not easy to better our selves or our world, but we know the two go hand in hand. Our bags have taken us to the very brink of an ultimate question: what is true personal and planetary sustainability and what changes do we need to make to get from here to there? We hope to inspire such a journey of questioning for others as we’re all in the same boat together. (Learn more)


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