62 posts categorized "reuseit.com in the news"

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 15, 2011

E-Mag calls reuseit.com a source for lead-free shopping bags

ACM-02R-GRY2 In a recent post, The Environmental Magazine addressed recent fears over lead content in reusable bags, pointing to our store as a source for safe, environmentally friendly totes.

Read more on this issue in our FAQ.

February 09, 2011

The reusable that will hold your hand

Earthheart1 Looking for an eco-friendly Valentine's Day gift that will give your loved ones warm and fuzzies over and over again? 4alloutdoors found something in our store that does the trick!

February 01, 2011

GreenTech cites reuseit as a source for safe reusable bags

In light of a recent Center for Consumer Freedom study that found unsafe amounts of lead in several cheaply-made reusable shopping bags, GreenTech listed reuseit as a source for safe reusable shopping bags. Read the story here.

ABC Green Living Combats Cheap Reusables

Workhorse-Hemp-Bag-from-Reuseit.com_ Worried about lead content or cross-contamination? ABC Green Living says the solution is simple - buy a better bag.  Read the story here.

January 25, 2011

Who is the CCF & what's their beef with reusable bags?

Berman Recently, several reports have surfaced revealing unsettling lead content in cheap reusable bags sold by many major retailers. We've never carrried the non-woven polypropylene bags featured in the reports, and quickly responded with facts you should show about reusable shopping bags.

We feel it's important to understand where these reports are coming from, and it didn't take much searching to find out who was behind the most recent alarming studies - the Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF). 

So who is the CCF? From Wikipedia:

CCF was set up in 1995 by Richard Berman, executive director of the public affairs firm Berman and Company, with $600,000 from the Philip Morris tobacco company. Berman told The Washington Post that CCF is now funded by a coalition of restaurant and food companies as well as some individuals; according to the group's website it is supported by over 100 companies and thousands of individual consumers. Sponsors are reported to include Brinker International, RTM Restaurant Group (the owner of Arby's), Tyson Foods, HMSHost Corp, and Wendy's.

CCF has campaigned against a number of organizations, such as the Centers for Disease Control, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, and Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and maintains several websites devoted to criticizing them.

According to a story on GreenTech, "In a press statement CCF senior research analyst J. Justin Wilson says 'retailers were goaded into selling these bags' by environmentalists." The result, he went on to say, is an increase in cheap, and possibly unsafe reusables flooding the market.

While we agree that the popularity of cheap reusables, namely 99 cent shopping bags, inevitably does more harm than good, we have to question the motives behind the CCF study.

So what's the good news? In that same story from GreenTech,  we were sited as a source for reusable bags "made of safe, and recycled materials."

Check out our previous post about lead in reusable shopping bags here.

Read more about the problems associated with cheap reusable bags here.

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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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 04, 2010

Faces of the Green Pages: An Interview with reuseit.com founder Vincent Cobb

Vince98x127 Our company founder Vincent Cobb was recently interviewed by Green America for their Faces of the Green Pages section. Faces of the Green Pages interviews focus on the  innovative green entrepreneurs and "business leaders who put people and the planet before profits, and whose sustainable companies help you live a greener life."

Read the full interview here.

 

May 05, 2009

OUR SCOOP: Seattle Bag Fee Vote Set for Aug 18 - We Need Your Help!

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Two weeks ago, our founder got a call from Seattle mayor, Greg Nickels, asking for our help in supporting the Seattle bag fee. It's based on Ireland's successful PlasTax, which reduced plastic bag consumption by over 90% - the plastic bag industry is doing everything it can to defeat this measure.

Originally set to take effect Jan 1st of this year, the bag fee was stalled by the plastic bag industry – who’s spent more than $250,000 to preserve their interest in the mindless consumption of throwaway bags. They’ve been successful in stalling or diverting every major initiative proposed in recent years, from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

The Seattle bag fee gets voted on August 18 and we’re doing everything we can to support it.
In the six years this company has been around, the Seattle bag fee is the most important piece of legislation we’ve seen. Seattle’s proposed fee is a pure model – taxing plastic and paper bags with a significant 20-cent fee. The initiative will set a trailblazing precedent for cities across the U.S. if it’s re-instated.

We realize you may not live in Seattle, but please consider making a contribution. After all, the opponent's money is coming from outside Seattle. Let's show them that it's not just big industry that's interested in this race, but environmentalists across the nation as well.

Want to get involved? Here’s how you can help:

  • Donate to the Seattle Green Bag Campaign
  • Purchase from our store – We’ve committed to donating 1% of sales to the campaign between now and the Aug 18th vote.
  • Spread the word: If you’re a reporter or blogger, cover the story. Forward this story on to friends.  Don’t let these guys win!

Our Take: We’ll do everything in our power to defeat plastic bag industry interests and push through this landmark bag fee. If successful, Seattle may prove to be the tipping point for cities across the nation – and the world.

Listen to the voicemail from the Seattle mayor here & watch a great video they produced about the history of the plastic bag: