61 posts categorized "Inside Our Company"

April 01, 2011

Reuse It or lose it – Vincent Cobb on FearLess Revolution

Vincebag This week our company founder Vincent Cobb sat down with FearLess Revolution founder Alex Bogusky to discuss society’s addiction to disposable items, the Reusables Revolution and our company’s unorthodox mission to inspire our customers to buy fewer things over all.

In 2010, the same year Alex was named “Creative Director of the Decade” by Adweek magazine, he decided to pursue his life-long interest in social responsibility, leaving his job at Crispin Porter + Bogusky to create The FearLess Revolution. Together with his wife Ana, Rob Schuham, and a ‘band of insurgents,” he’s leading a “new consumer revolution” focused on safer products, better design, and innovation.

Among the many projects under the FearLess Revolution umbrella, they produce a weekly live webcast out of Boulder, Colorado. Past guests include co-founder of Threadless Jake Nickell, Patagonia CEO Casey Sheahan and industrial ecologist and GoodGuide founder Dara O'Rourke.

In this week’s segment, Vince and Alex touched on a subject we’ve been reporting on for years – the plague of cheap reusables. Seemingly an inexpensive solution to the abundance of disposable items in our culture, these poorly made products are more likely to sit in your closet or cupboard unused or fall apart with only a handful of uses than they are to really replace use-and-toss items. Whether you call them cheap reusables or expensive disposables these products, including 99 cent shopping bags and giveaway plastic water bottles, are not a viable solution to the disposables problem.

Our solution, of course, is to invest in a handful of high-quality reusables from a company you trust – and to actually use them. To encourage this, as discussed on FearLess Revolution, we carefully choose products that are sustainably made, built to last and great looking to boot.

If you missed the live broadcast you can catch the video here.

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!

February 23, 2011

reuseit.com supports Pick Up America

Pua-logo1 This week we were happy to donate a few boxes of reusable lunch items and eco-friendly cleaning products to Pick Up America, a a non-profit and eco-adventure of young people walking across the country, picking up trash, and educating communities about zero waste.

They're always looking for donations to sustain their efforts, volunteers and people to spread the word about what they do so check out their site to see how you can help!

 

January 27, 2011

We're Kicking Off Our Inventory Clearance Sale - Save up to 70%!

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We've just completed our year-end warehouse inventory and are making room for new items. You'll find amazing deals on discontinued items and closeouts - one they're gone, they're gone! Many items have limited quantities, so if you see something you like don't wait! This is your chance to get great deals on outstanding reusables that will help you cut down on use-and-toss items in a variety of categories:

Lunch - Over 60% off
Kitchen - Up to 45% off
Home - Over 60% off
Shopping Bags & Totes - Over 70% off
Bottles and More - Over 30% off

 

Includes great brands like Reisenthel, SIGG, Klean Kanteen, Built, To-Go Ware, Laptop Lunches, reuseit, Thermos and more! 

Shop now! 

January 18, 2011

Check out what people are saying...

We love hearing from our customers - from product suggestions to comments about our customer service.  Check out some of our recent feedback:

“Thank you for helping me and my family convert to a green house!” -- Ginny S, 11.17.10

“Just wanted to THANK YOU for the fast shipping and the items, they're absolutely GREAT.” -- Silvia M, 11.11.10

“Great site, great variety of products. I recommend the site to friends regularly.” -- Rachel S, 10.29.10

See more customer testimonial, as well as press quotes and testimonial from our partners in our Buzz section.

Have a product suggestion, comments or feedback for us? Email us at [email protected]. We're looking forward to hearing from you!

December 23, 2010

reuseit founder on Fox Business News

Fox screen grab 1 Last week our company founder Vincent Cobb appeared on Fox Business News with Tracy Byrnes. Tracy's first question alluded to a plethora of cheaply made reusables she and her kids, like many people,  have accumulated. It was the perfect opportunity for Vince to reiterate what we've been saying for years - just say NO to cheap reusables.

Tracy: "I have three kids so I have more water bottles than I know what to do with... They have dozens of them."

Vince: "People are accumulating a ton of these reusables - a lot of them really cheap, freebies and things like that... our advice to people in general is to get a handful of really high-quality reusables that you can use for years and years. And resist the urge to take these freebies and promotional items."

Watch the full interview here. About four minutes in Vince demonstrates why cheap reusables are bad news for your wallet, and for the environment by punching a whole through a giveaway bag with just one finger.

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November 17, 2010

Lead in reusable bags? Get the facts.

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Dear Customer,

In light of the recent New York Times article regarding lead content found in cheap reusable shopping bags (e.g. 99-cent, non-woven polypropylene bags), we would like to address some common concerns and dispel rumors and misconceptions.

Bags from Winn-Dixie, left, and Publix were found to contain lead.  Image from Tampa Tribune (Cliff McBride)

A brief summary of the issue 

  • An investigation conducted by the Tampa Tribune found high levels of lead in a handful of cheap reusable bags. A similar stroy from USA Today reported dangerous levels of lead in bags sold by Walgreens, Safeway and Bloom.
  • These reports have generated massive media coverage, fueling lots of misconceptions regarding the safety of reusable bags in general, especially those made in China.
  • This issue comes down to the problems inherent in cheap reusable shopping bags, which we've been bringing to light for years.

If you've purchased bags from us or recommended them to a friend, here are a few facts:

  • We have never carried the types of bags referred to in these reports (cheap reusable bags with printing on them).
  • Just because a bag is "Made in China" does not mean it contains lead or is in anyway unsafe. Many reputable brands we carry (including Envirosax, Flip & Tumble, BAGGU, ChicoBags and our reuseit line) manufacture bags in China using high-quality, safe materials.
  • At reuseit.com, you'll find safe, high-quality bags manufactured safely & responsibly all over the world. If you've purchased bags from us, you don't have anything to worry about.

Our basic advice & learn more

As always, be selective! Buy a handful of high-quality, "everyday" reusable bags that you will use for years and years - from a company you trust. That way, you'll know they're responsibly made, built to last and use high-quality materials (unlike cheap reusable bags).

Additional resources:

If you have any questions or concerns, contact us at [email protected].

Sincerely,

Vincent Cobb - Founder, reusablebags.com and reuseit.com

Update: This story recently resurfaced thanks to a report from the CCF uncovering unsafe levels of lead in cheap reusable shopping bags sold by Walgreens, CVS, Safeway and more. Find out who's behind the studies in our post Who is the CCF & what's their beef with reusable shopping bags?

November 03, 2010

Back to the Roots: Sustainable, socially conscious, cool

Thumbnail At a recent Social Venture Network conference, our company founder Vincent Cobb reconnected with the people behind Back to the Roots, creators of 100% sustainable grow-at-home products.

Admittedly, this post is a little unusual for our blog but we thought their business model and mission was so cool we had to share. Plus, they're donating 5% of their Nov/Dec sales to breast cancer research and we wanted to spread the word.

Check out their recent write up on Bake and Destroy for a coupon and a chance to win a pearl oyster mushroom kit for free.

October 20, 2010

Help us win Youtopia 2010!

Images We are competing for a $15,000 grant from Free Range Studios to make our Reusables Revolution video a reality. Help us out by voting here and spreading the word to all your friends! Share it on Facebook. Tweet it, even add it as a signature line in your email!

Thanks for your help! 

October 15, 2010

Product review: Bread Box Preserver

Belinda puts Progressive International's bread box to the test with her morning bagels.

Bread Box Preserver from reuseit.com on Vimeo.

Check out the bread box here, and see more of our product review videos here.