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Green Gets a Fashion-Forward Makeover

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We’re highlighting small businesses from around the country as nominated by you, our readers. If your favorite small business is using Twitter to communicate with customers, let us know about it @fbsmallbiz with the hashtag #mysbc, and it may be featured as an upcoming Small Business of the Day.

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Small Business of the Day: Saky Sacks

Who: Rupa Wickrama, 55, @sakysacks

What: Eco-friendly bags

When: March 2010

How: Wickrama has worked in the apparel industry her entire life and was looking for something new and different to branch out into.

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"I noticed women using grocery bags as an extra tote," she said, "There were a lot of inexpensive, reusable bags out there, but I couldn't find anything stylish or fashion-forward. Anything I found looked like grandma's curtains."

She began researching materials and launched her line soon after. All bags retail for between $20 and $25 and are machine washable.

Where: Redmond, Wash.

Biggest lesson learned from a customer: "Customers are looking for something unique and different," Wickrama said. "Be original and don't be afraid to take risks."

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