Photos of Fedia and his baba Larysa (left) and Fedia and his baba Paraska (right).
The word "Baba" in Ukrainian means "Grandma." Our founder, Fedia Kourbatov, got his vision for Baba Bags at age 20 from a bag his grandmother brought home from Ukraine. Whenever Fedia would go to the grocery store with his mother he observed that while his mother shopped, the organic cotton bag garnered countless compliments on its effortless fashion and how many grocery items it could hold. He also recognized that because of its compact structure, his mother would keep it in her pocket or purse allowing her to always remember her bag, unlike her other bulky reusable gear.
Fedia quickly saw an incredible opportunity to eliminate thousands of plastic bags by sharing his grandmothers’ beautiful bag with the world. He immediately got to work in his University of Oklahoma dorm room! Having gotten the idea from this grandmother’s bag Fedia felt compelled to start a social enterprise and dedicate to his grandmothers, Larysa, Valia, and Paraska and center it around what his grandmothers gave always gave him: love, attention and care. He believes if Baba Bags gives the same grandmotherly love, attention and care to our customers, our planet and our community together we can eliminate millions of plastic bags while offering transformational support to non-profits that are doing their part make our community and our world a better place.
Our Mission: Baba Bags' mission is to use the power of community and togetherness to put single-use plastic grocery bags into extinction while also supporting and advocating for organizations and nonprofits that are doing their part in making our world a better place and united as one.
Baba Bags would like to personally thank:
The National Pediatric Cancer Foundation and Action Against Hunger for being their first non-profit partners.
The Sooner Innovation Fund for taking a chance on Baba Bags at its earliest stages.