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5 posts from December 2010

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.

Fox screen grab 2

December 22, 2010

Five Easy Ways to Make the World a Better Place

Dear Customers,

As a retailer, we get swept up in promoting the purchase of products, especially during the holidays. We thought it was a good time to stop and consider what each of us can do to give back as part of the holiday season.

Please take a few minutes and donate to one of these worthy causes today. Below are 5 outstanding "change agents" - organizations making significant, positive impacts through their efforts. All of them:

1. leverage minimal resources

2. assist in smart ways that make an enormous impact, and

3. are efficient, well-run, "no b.s." grassroots organizations.

Learn more about their work and consider helping them meet their end-of-year contribution goals with a donation. Forward this e-mail on. Together we can make a difference!

5 Organizations to Support

Green America
Who: Green America

What: Tackling climate change, promoting fair trade, stopping corporate abuse and growing the Green Economy. Green America is the preeminent organization harnessing the strength of consumers, investors, businesses and the marketplace to create a socially-just and environmentally-sustainable society.

How your donation will help: Through a matching gift challenge, all donations will be doubled through the end of the year.

Grist.orgWho: Grist.org

What: Grist has been dishing out environmental news and commentary with a wry twist since 1999, well before the issues really hit mainstream.

How your donation will help:  Your donation will go straight to support Grist's award-winning, non-profit environmental news and commentary.

The Story of Stuff
Who: The Story of Stuff Project

What: The Story of Stuff Project has touched over 12 million people with a compelling message about the impact our production and consumption patterns are having on the planet and on each other.

How your donation will help: Contributions help The Story of Stuff Project create new movies, educational curricula, study guides and other resources and offer them for free to anyone who wants to download them.

Who: Environmental Working Group

What: EWG uses the power of public information to protect public health and the environment through useful resources and pushing for national policy change.

How your donation will help: Help EWG meet their 2010 donations goal of $50,000. Contributions will help the EWG continue to provide publications that arm consumers with solid facts and recourses and keep government in check on issues like BPA, water quality and pervasive toxins.

WaterKeeper AllianceWho: Waterkeeper Alliance

What: Waterkeeper Alliance is a global movement of on-the-water advocates who patrol and protect over 100,000 miles of rivers, streams and coastlines in North and South America, Europe, Australia, Asia and Africa. Waterkeepers defend their communities against anyone who threatens their right to clean water-from law-breaking polluters to unresponsive government agencies.

How your donation will help: Donations support the Waterkeeper Alliance's efforts to keep Waterkeepers connected, provides them with legal, scientific and communications support, and unite their voices as they take on major global water issues together.
Vince Signature
Vincent Cobb - Founder, reuseit.com

As always, thanks for your support - to date you've enabled us to donate over $200,000 toward worthy causes.

December 21, 2010

Top Gifts for Every Niche + 2nd Day Shipping & Gift Certificates

LUC_OCRC If you're reading this it's a safe bet that you're scrambling for last minute Christmas gifts. Don't sweat it, we've got you covered with our Top Gift Picks for Every Niche. For him, for her, for co-workers and ever for the seriously green - we've combed through our entire catalog and picked the most giftable reusables on the market.

And it's not too late to order, either! Place your order before noon CST 12.23 and choose overnight shipping for delivery by Christmas Eve. Save money on expedited shipping by placing your order before noon CST 12.22 and choosing 2nd Day Air shipping for a flat-rate of only $12.95!

Really in a pinch? Our e-gift certificates can be emailed directly to the recipient!

We wish you all a safe and happy holiday!

-The Team at reuseit.com

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!