41 posts categorized "Reusables"

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.

January 11, 2011

Make Reusables Part of Your New Year's Resolutions & Win

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What use & toss habit(s) are you trying to kick in 2011? Leave us a comment and you could win a $50 gift certificate to our store to get started. We'll choose a random winner in one week - Jan. 18, 2011. Good luck with the giveaway and with your resolutions!

 

December 07, 2010

Top Gifts for Him

The idea that guys aren't into helping the environment is as old fashioned as using plastic bags. In fact, our company was founded by a guy, and all of our products tested by the men behind the scenes here at reuseit.

Here you'll find our Top Five Picks for Him. Check out the links below for even more ideas!

  1. Reuseit™ Workhorse & EarthTote – finding reusable bags is tough, these are sleek, low-profile shoppings bag guys will actually use
  2. Platypus SoftBottle 1.0L – when this bottle is empty, you can just roll it up and store it just about anywhere
  3. Egear Solar Flashlight – smart design allows you to recharge two ways – with sunlight, or a pull-chord
  4. Reuseit™ 100% Made in USA insulated 6 Pack Lunch Bag – insulated lunch bag with a unique top-load design
  5. Thermos King 16oz SS Food Jar with Spoon – great for soups, stews, chili,  fresh fruit and more

And now here's Natalie (who is not a guy, but is married to a pretty manly one) to tell you about more of our top picks:

Need more advice? Check out our Reusables for Real Men guide featuring picks from the men on staff as well as proven customer favorites. Also check out our Top Picks for Him here and the whole Gifts for Him Gift Center here!

December 01, 2010

Top Gifts for the Coffee & Tea Lover

It's no secret that we are a bunch of coffee and tea lovers around here. After all, we are the people who brought you the Waste-free Starbucks Survival Guide. For this reason, we feel well-qualified in presenting you with our gift picks for the coffee and tea lovers in your life.

Here you'll find our Top Five Gift Picks for the Coffee & Tea Lover. Check out the links below for even more ideas!

  1. Reusable coffee & tea filters by swissgold - cut back on paper filters and paper coffee cups with this array of reusable gold coffee and tea filters - including a single-serve coffee filter for the freshest cup possible with no waste
  2. Aquaovo Double Wall Glass Water Bottle with Tea Filter - double-wall construction keeps drinks hot or cold without getting sweaty or hot to the touch
  3. Klean Kanteen Insulated Wide 20oz bottle with Café Cap - vacuum insulation keeps drinks hot or cold for hours, making it the perfect choice for coffee, soups and more
  4. "I Am Not A Paper Cup" – clever replacement for disposable paper cups
  5. “We Are Happy To Serve You” New York City Coffee Mug - a symbolic conversation piece to get people talking about the wisdom of reusables

And now here's Natalie to tell you a little more about our picks:

Check out our Top Ten Picks for the Coffee & Tea Lover here and the whole Coffee & Tea Lovers Gift Center here!

October 29, 2010

Time Out Chicago <3s our I'm Not A Paper Towel + 20% off reuseit!

296.shopping.apples.comp Imagine our surprise when we picked up our favorite local magazine, Time Out Chicago and found our I'm Not A Paper Towel set featured in their Apple Picking Party shopping guide!

A blend of organic cotton and hemp, this set of four mapkins looks great on the dinner table (as you can see) but also makes the perfect replacement for paper napkins in your waste-free lunch.

Soft and durable, we use them for everything - as a hankie, in place of wet wipes, as a hand towel - you name it.

Now through Monday you can take 20% off all of our reuseit products - including these napkins - check out the details here!

October 20, 2010

Fall Clearance Sale - Save Big & Make a Big Impact

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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.

September 21, 2010

Clean and Green: tools, tips & tricks for tidying up without selling out

ACM_450_Kitchen Did you know that paper and paperboard products (paper towels, tissues, etc) made up 20.7 % of the municipal waste discarded in 2008--more than any other type of refuse? (6,550,000 tons!)

Think about it, every time you clean your house how many paper towels do you go through? What about sponges, disposable mop heads and dust cloths? What about all those harsh chemicals you spray into the air or toss away on a dirty paper towel?

Common household cleaners (including toilet bowl cleaners, air deodorizers, floor cleaners, window cleaners, and some detergents) often contain very toxic chemicals. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, even when used properly, these toxins make their way into the environment through evaporation of volatile components.

One obvious solution is to switch to reusable cleaning products - items like microfiber cleaning cloths, reusable scrub stones and refillable spray bottles. You could also switch to all-natural cleaning products - but those are often expensive and still come in throw-away containers - so we suggest making your own cleaners at home.

It might take a little getting used to - in fact, our photographer Sarah wrote a post on her journey to a "greener" clean earlier this year. (Check out Sarah's video below.) But once you make the switch, you'll marvel at how much money you save on disposables and how much lighter your cleaning-day trash bags become.

As Sarah mentioned in her post, we offer a few kits to get you started making your own all-natural cleaning products at home. In addition, we have a DIY Household Cleaners article in our DIY section, with links to some basic recipes for homemade cleaners. 

Finally, our brand-new DIY playlist on YouTube features videos handpicked by us, demonstrating how to make your own dish soap, bath tub cleaner and more. 

With just a few basic items, a handful of ingredients and a little elbow grease, you'll have an eco-friendly, sparkling clean home in no time. Check out this video of Sarah making DIY cleaners:

DIY Cleaning Solutions with reuseit™ spray bottles from reuseit.com on Vimeo.

Do you know of a great DIY cleaning recipe we should add to our DIY section? Leave us a comment! 

September 08, 2010

Natalie's Starbucks Survival Kit

20061101_starbucks_900x600 Don't get me wrong, I love the Fair Trade organic coffee we buy in bulk and grind fresh daily in the office kitchen. In fact, I am not ready to start my day at Reuseit without it. But once a week - usually Wednesday or Thursday when I start to run out of steam - I head to Starbucks for a pick-me-up.

Working at Reuseit I've learned a few easy ways to make my weekly treat more environmentally-responsible and today being a chilly morning in Chicago, I thought I'd share them.

First (and most obviously) bring your own mug! I like stainless steel because it keeps my coffee hot, but I see lots of people using the I Am Not A Paper Cup because it looks so much like a Starbucks cup. You can use the same mugs for iced drinks. The barista should knock a few cents off your drink every time you bring a mug, too.

Speaking of iced drinks - I have two tips for you. One: bring your own straw. It might not seem like a big waste when you look at the unassuming little straw in your cup, but if I'm going to Starbucks once a week, every week all year long that's at least 52 plastic straws a year I'm throwing away. (Not to mention all the paper they come wrapped in.) Again, I like stainless steel but glass is a fancy alternative. 

My second piece of advice for cold drinks is: if you have to take a disposable cup, reuse it. Not to drink from again, necessarily, but upcycle those plastic cups into something new. In fact, there is an entire website called Starbucks Garden 100% dedicated to ways you can reuse your coffee cups to grow your own food. 

I love sweets - and there are lots of them in the pastry case at Starbucks. I easily avoid taking a paper bag I don't really need by asking my barista to place my danish in a reusable sandwich bag. They do kind of think you're nuts at first, but it's a good way to get other people in line thinking about whether or not they really need to throw away so many paper bags every week as well. With my reusable napkin (that really doesn't get very dirty so I take it home once a week to wash with my other laundry), my mug, straw and sandwich bag I'm enjoying waste-free visits to Starbucks every week. 

At the cream and sugar counter I opt for sweeteners I can shake out of a larger container as opposed to one that comes in a disposable package, and I walk out full of caffeine and feeling pretty smart.

I'll leave you with a quote from one of my favorite blogs, Green Starbucks:

"'If only 50 customers a day in every store were to use reusable mugs, Starbucks would save 150,000 disposable paper cups daily. This equals 1.7 million pounds of paper, 3.7 million pounds of solid waste, and 150,000 trees a year.' In 2000 when this report was generated there were only 6500 stores worldwide. In 2007 there are 13,168 stores which means over 300,000 trees could be saved from landfills by BRINGING YOUR OWN CUP."