20 posts categorized "Take Action"

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

 

 

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!

 

November 10, 2010

The Story of Electronics

We've been anxiously awaiting the latest film from Annie Leonard and crew - The Story of Electronics. At last it's here, so check it out and share it with your friends!

 

July 22, 2010

The Story of Cosmetics


It's the one we've been waiting for from Annie Leonard: The Story of Cosmetics! Here's a quote from Free Range Studios:

"How do you make safe personal care products from poisonous ingredients like lead, mercury and carcinogens? Duh, you can't! It's the simple rule "toxics in, toxics out." But the companies who make everything from shampoo to lipstick to deodorant still don't seem to get it. And that means we're all at risk.

With a new bill in Congress that would make personal care products safe, it's critical that we spread this message far and wide and speak up for change."

Check out the film and join the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics here!

May 17, 2010

The Bike-To-Work Throwdown has begun!

For the next couple of weeks we're engaging in a friendly Facebook competition with some outdoor industry friends to celebrate Bike-To-Work month. The throwdown will pit us against Zuke's, Beyond Coastal, and Tubbs Snowshoes (to name a few) in a race to collect the most bike-to-work themed photos, stories, and experiences from our respective fans.

Show some Reuseit team spirit and let's prove that we'll go the distance to support the health of our bodies and our planet!

For the next three weeks, we’ll be keeping track of every message, photo or video you post to our page in response to a “Bike to Work” themed question (starting today!).

2nd day back on bici

Who wins: Well, the environment and our health if we all bike. But when it comes to Facebook, we would like to earn some well-deserved bragging rights.

The company that generates the most input from their Facebook ‘friends’ takes all the glory... AND remember, 'likes' don't count. So hop on your cruiser, commuter, roadie, or unicycle...however you like to roll!...and post your B2W glory stories and photos. Thanks in advance and enjoy the ride!

Reuseit on Facebook!

May 13, 2010

Thanks from the Ladies for Liberty

Package A few months ago we posted about the Ladies for Liberty, a group of volunteers that sends care packages to US soldiers stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

We recently received this sweet thank you from of of the members and thought we'd share with our readers to encourage more donations:

Thank you so much for your contribution to our soldiers packages. The men and women we adopt are so grateful for all that they receive and especially for being remembered by those of us at home. Your assortment of drink bottles and utensils will be well received, I’m sure. Your company is amazing to help our efforts to bring the comforts of home to our brave men in harm’s way. Also, the awesome bags you sent have been a Godsend in getting our packages to the post office. 

We wish you much success, and again, our heartfelt thanks.

Ladies of Liberty

Slidell, Louisiana

If you're interested in contributing to the Ladies for Liberty's efforts, please contact Annette at Ladies4Liberty@gmail.com

April 21, 2010

Earth Day Tips for Kids - a video to share

Recently one of our staffer's moms, a 2nd grade teacher, asked us to make a video she could share with her class on Earth Day. Her 8 year olds were curious - is there anything kids can do to cut back on waste and clean up the planet?

We compiled our best ideas into this video - and we hope the 2nd graders see that it only takes a few small changes to make a big difference.

Want to spread the word about reusables? Send this video to your kids' teachers. Share it on Twitter and Facebook and together we can change wasteful habits!

March 24, 2010

What on Earth is Earth Hour?

Unless you've been under a rock all month, you've probably been hearing a lot about this upcoming Saturday (March 27) being Earth Hour. But what is Earth Hour?

Earth Hour is a global event organized by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF). Each year, people all over the world turn off their lights and appliance from 8:30pm - 9:30pm local time. It's simple action intended to raise awareness toward the need for climate change.

According to MyEarthHour.org, nearly one billion people participated in Earth Hour 2009 - 4,100 cities in 87 countries on 7 continents.

Will you be participating in Earth Hour this year?

PS Did you know we have a $100 sweepstakes going on right now? Well you'd know if you followed us on Twitter or were a fan of our Facebook page! Check out our contest page to enter & for details.

March 18, 2010

Tapped: Spread the word about the world water crisis

The Tapped DVD goes on sale this Monday, March 22nd just in time for World Water Day. Because the movie's producers are taking on some of the media's biggest advertisers (Nestle, Coke and Pepsi) they're having a hard time getting the word out about the film's release. In fact, one talk show host was recently banned from talking about the film because Pepsi is her largest advertiser.

If you've seen Tapped, you know that bottled water issue is more than just a waste issue - it touches on the world water crisis, the fact that chemical companies tamper with the products we buy and the social injustice that effects minority communities across America. 

So what can you do?  Help get the word out about Tapped. Check out their website for Get off the Bottle Tour dates and follow the team as they travel across country to collect pledges from people to reduce their bottled water use. Bring your empty disposables and they'll even trade you for a Klean Kanteen. The site will be updated daily once World Water Day kicks off - so share the info and videos you find there with your friends and family!

You can pledge to Get off the Bottle here and become a fan of the Get Off the Bottle Facebook page for more ways to spread the word.

(The movie will also be available for download on iTunes and VOD beginning April 1st - packaging free!)

Check out the trailer, check out the film, and tell everyone you know to Get Off the Bottle!And be sure to follow us on Twitter and become a fan of our Facebook page for a really special World Water Day offer.

February 10, 2010

Introducing our Ambassadors Program - help spread the word!


Reuseit.com (previously Reusablebags.com) is not your typical small business. A catalyst for change, we've been instrumental in spawning the reusables movement.


We launched ReusableBags.com in 2003 to call attention to the absurdity of society’s overconsumption of plastic bags and became a highly-influential site for information on the hazards of use-and-toss items as well as a comprehensive online store for reusable products.

Now we're launching a search for online activists and communicators who are savvy in new media and eager to actively promote the wisdom of the reusables movement as part of the Reuseit.com Ambassadors Program.

Applicants should be great communicators, eager to follow our lead and believe in our overall vision and ‘no b.s.’ philosophy. "We want people as passionate about the movement as we are to help us guide consumers and society down a sensible path," said company founder Vincent Cobb. "Our legacy is built on offering sound solutions and products, leading on the issues, and drawing attention to key trends such as the explosion of cheap reusables."

Part store and part information hub, Reuseit.com has cultivated a uniquely passionate customer base of over 210,000. Based on our running "use and toss ticker," we've empowered our customers to save over 800 million use-and-toss items. Every tweet, blog and video our ambassadors provide will help influence the habits of countless more people, creating an enormous collective impact.

The quick and easy application process is open to anyone and requires a 300-word description of why you should be an ambassador. Video submissions are also accepted – just upload a video to any video sharing site and submit the link. Once selected, the team of ambassadors will provide faces behind the “reusables” lifestyle that people across the nation can identify with - savvy, conscious consumers who recognize that society’s addiction to use-and-toss items doesn’t make sense.

For more information or to apply, please visit www.reuseit.com/ambassadors.

Not your thing? No problem, you can still help us find great Ambassadors! Here's how:

1. Email a link to this blog post or to our Ambassadors application to your like-minded friends.

2. Share a link to the application on your Facebook page

3. Send out a tweet! We've made it easy, just copy and paste the tweet below:

Are you part of the reusables movement? Become a Reuseit.com
Ambassador & help spread the word!http://tinyurl.com/yz48scn