81 posts categorized "Reusable Bags"

March 22, 2011

Get away, don't throw away

ACM_133_SetFlat[2] You may remember a few weeks ago when we blogged 20+ uses for our reuseit brand recycled PET Stuff Sack. Now we're back with a new use for our recycled PET mesh produce bag set - travel helpers.

On a recent two-day trip, one of our staffers used the 11" x 10" mesh drawstring bags in lieu of large zip-top plastic bags to pack toiletries, kids toys and other items that might otherwise roll around inside luggage. The small stuff sack made an ideal holder for hair accessories.

Because the bags are mesh, she just strung them up in the shower which allowed any wet items inside (shampoo bottles, razors, toothbrushes, etc) to drip dry. For even smaller items she wanted to keep dry or separate from the rest, she used reusable snack bags.

For more waste-free travel ideas, check out our Gift for the Traveler!

March 08, 2011

Drowning in reusable bags? Share your extras with those in need!

Bags-for-the-people Congratulations, you switched from disposable to reusable bags, reusing and upcycling the few you still end up with. Doesn't it feel nice to not have plastic bag monsters jumping out at you from underneath the sink? But wait - now you're being attacked by reusble bag piles from inside the closet!

Hopefully by now we've convinced you to say no to those cheap reusables every grocery store is pushing for 99 cents and to instead use a handful of high-quality reusable bags to do your shopping. But even the most careful shopper probably has a few bags that never seem to leave the house or car. What can you do to keep those from ending up in your recycling bin? Donate them!

Bags for the People accepts reusable bags (and other fabric), and repurposes or redisctributes them to those in need - because greener living shouldn't come with a price tag. Bags for the People also offers sewing workshops for kids and seniors, offering creative solutions to waste and economic disadvantage. Check out their site for more info on how to donate.

For more clever ways to put your extra bags to use, check out this post from TreeHugger.

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 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 31, 2011

20+ uses for the reuseit™ recycled PET stuff sack

ACM-05R-SIL2 There are dozens of uses for our recycled PET stuff sack - travel, storage, organization, kids, snacks and more. Once you have one you'll find tons of jobs for this sturdy little drawstring pouch.

Check out this list we started of uses for the recycled PET stuff sack - and feel free to add your own uses in the comments! 

  1. Store plastic bags for reuse
  2. Hold dry snacks
  3. Fill with small toys & keep kids busy in the car
  4. Use instead of plastic baggies for overnight travels – great for holding cotton balls & toiletries
  5. Fill with ultra-compact shopping bags to make your own shopping set
  6. Tote games & small toys to restaurants
  7. Use instead of plastic baggies for small produce items
  8. Reusable gift bag
  9. Knitting bag – perfect size to hold one project
  10. Store loose crayons and kids art supplies
  11. Use inside your purse or backpack to stay organized
  12. Store electrical cords & wires
  13. Mini trash container for the car
  14. Protect an apple or pear from bruising in your lunch bag
  15. Replace plastic baggies at bulk bins
  16. Keep pacifiers & other small items clean inside a diaper bag
  17. Stash reusable cutlery, a glass straw & cloth napkin inside for an emergency waste-free lunch kit
  18. Craft storage – holds buttons, lace, odds & ends
  19. Make up bag
  20. Under-the-counter organization
  21. Bottle sleeve – protect a small bottle or jar as you carry it, or keep your lunch dry by packing your water bottle inside the stuff sack 



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.

January 14, 2011

While Supplies Last - Save Over 70% on Select reuseit Items

ACM-04B-3 For years we've been warning our customers about the pitfalls of cheap reusables, and with recent news about lead in cheap reusable bags our message is more important than ever. Buy long-lasting, high-quality reusables from a trusted source and you won't just be doing the planet a favor, you'll also be investing wisely and possibly protecting your health.

The best time to stock up on sustainable-made reusable bags - for personal use or to use as corporate gifts and promotional giveaways - is now. We've just completed our year end inventory and found limited quantities of some really great reusables.

We need to make room on the shelves for our newest products, so we're offering many of these items at below our cost - up to 73% off! Bamboo totes, rPET backpacks and more. Check it out here.

Does your company give away promotional items? Know of a great eco-friendly screen printer who could take advantage of this offer? Spread the word!

November 19, 2010

PLASTIC STATE OF MIND - Parody with Purpose

While we don't support bag bans (click here to read why) we loved this video & catchy tune about a very simple step you can take reduce a ton of waste: Bring your own bags.


November 17, 2010

Lead in reusable bags? Get the facts.

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Dear Customer,

In light of the recent New York Times article regarding lead content found in cheap reusable shopping bags (e.g. 99-cent, non-woven polypropylene bags), we would like to address some common concerns and dispel rumors and misconceptions.

Bags from Winn-Dixie, left, and Publix were found to contain lead.  Image from Tampa Tribune (Cliff McBride)

A brief summary of the issue 

  • An investigation conducted by the Tampa Tribune found high levels of lead in a handful of cheap reusable bags. A similar stroy from USA Today reported dangerous levels of lead in bags sold by Walgreens, Safeway and Bloom.
  • These reports have generated massive media coverage, fueling lots of misconceptions regarding the safety of reusable bags in general, especially those made in China.
  • This issue comes down to the problems inherent in cheap reusable shopping bags, which we've been bringing to light for years.

If you've purchased bags from us or recommended them to a friend, here are a few facts:

  • We have never carried the types of bags referred to in these reports (cheap reusable bags with printing on them).
  • Just because a bag is "Made in China" does not mean it contains lead or is in anyway unsafe. Many reputable brands we carry (including Envirosax, Flip & Tumble, BAGGU, ChicoBags and our reuseit line) manufacture bags in China using high-quality, safe materials.
  • At reuseit.com, you'll find safe, high-quality bags manufactured safely & responsibly all over the world. If you've purchased bags from us, you don't have anything to worry about.

Our basic advice & learn more

As always, be selective! Buy a handful of high-quality, "everyday" reusable bags that you will use for years and years - from a company you trust. That way, you'll know they're responsibly made, built to last and use high-quality materials (unlike cheap reusable bags).

Additional resources:

If you have any questions or concerns, contact us at service@reuseit.com.


Vincent Cobb - Founder, reusablebags.com and reuseit.com

Update: This story recently resurfaced thanks to a report from the CCF uncovering unsafe levels of lead in cheap reusable shopping bags sold by Walgreens, CVS, Safeway and more. Find out who's behind the studies in our post Who is the CCF & what's their beef with reusable shopping bags?