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.
Where does the water come from?
Is it purified? How?
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
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!
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!
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!).
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
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!
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
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
Ladies of Liberty
If you're interested in contributing to the Ladies for Liberty's efforts, please contact Annette at Ladies4Liberty@gmail.com
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!
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.
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!
(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.
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