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4 posts from March 2011

March 28, 2011

Check out our company founder on FearLess Revolution

Alex-Bogusky-FearLess-Revolution-show This Thursday, March 31st, our company founder Vincent Cobb will be a guest on Alex Bogusky's FearLess Revolution. Past guests have included the co-founder of Threadless, the people behind the Bag It documentary, and Patagonia CEO Casey Sheahan.

Tune in Thursday 12pm MT (2pm ET) to see what Vince has to say about the Reusables Revolution, the problem with society's addiction to disposables, cheap reusables and more. You can even participate in a live chat or tweet your questions to @FearLessForce during the broadcast.

We look forward to your questions and comments!

March 22, 2011

Get away, don't throw away

ACM_133_SetFlat[2] You may remember a few weeks ago when we blogged 20+ uses for our reuseit brand recycled PET Stuff Sack. Now we're back with a new use for our recycled PET mesh produce bag set - travel helpers.

On a recent two-day trip, one of our staffers used the 11" x 10" mesh drawstring bags in lieu of large zip-top plastic bags to pack toiletries, kids toys and other items that might otherwise roll around inside luggage. The small stuff sack made an ideal holder for hair accessories.

Because the bags are mesh, she just strung them up in the shower which allowed any wet items inside (shampoo bottles, razors, toothbrushes, etc) to drip dry. For even smaller items she wanted to keep dry or separate from the rest, she used reusable snack bags.

For more waste-free travel ideas, check out our Gift for the Traveler!

March 08, 2011

Drowning in reusable bags? Share your extras with those in need!

Bags-for-the-people Congratulations, you switched from disposable to reusable bags, reusing and upcycling the few you still end up with. Doesn't it feel nice to not have plastic bag monsters jumping out at you from underneath the sink? But wait - now you're being attacked by reusble bag piles from inside the closet!

Hopefully by now we've convinced you to say no to those cheap reusables every grocery store is pushing for 99 cents and to instead use a handful of high-quality reusable bags to do your shopping. But even the most careful shopper probably has a few bags that never seem to leave the house or car. What can you do to keep those from ending up in your recycling bin? Donate them!

Bags for the People accepts reusable bags (and other fabric), and repurposes or redisctributes them to those in need - because greener living shouldn't come with a price tag. Bags for the People also offers sewing workshops for kids and seniors, offering creative solutions to waste and economic disadvantage. Check out their site for more info on how to donate.

For more clever ways to put your extra bags to use, check out this post from TreeHugger.

March 03, 2011

EWG's 2011 Bottled Water Score Card

http://www.startalie.com Still buying bottled water? Check out how your brand stacks up. According to a study by the Environmental Working Group, there are some questions you should ask before shelling out up to 1,900 times more for bottled water than tap water.

  1. Where does the water come from?
  2. Is it purified? How?
  3. Have tests found any contaminants?

According to their study, among the ten top-selling brands, nine (Aquafina, Dasani, Crystal Geyser and 6 of 7 Nestle brands) don't answer at least one of those questions.

Why are these companies so hush-hush about something as simple as water?

"Bottled water companies enjoying this massive commercial success may suspect that their customers would turn away if they knew that most of them draw their product from municipal tap water (BMC 2010, Food and Water Watch 2010), or that the plastics used to make the bottles can be laced with chemical additives that leach into the water (EWG 2008)." - EWG Bottled Water Score Card

With Canada's Bottled Water Free Day just around the corner (March 10th) this is a great time to take the pledge to say NO to bottled water. Filter your own tap water at home, or use a filtering bottle - you'll save money and resources in the process.

For more facts about plastic bottles click here, and check out our selection of safe, reusable water bottles here