61 posts categorized "ReusableBags.com"

September 21, 2007

Catalog Critic - Green Grocer

Wall Street Journal 09.21.07

The Wall Street Journal’s Catalog Critic critiques reusable shopping bags: “we wanted lightweight, strong bags spacious enough for lots of locally grown produce and organic spelt flakes. But -- this was harder -- we also sought chic sacks with no strident slogans. To test our five candidates, we brought them to the store and loaded them with half-gallons of milk, canned goods, a baby watermelon -- the usual.”

Best Overall, the Acme Workhorse 1500, was styled like a typical plastic grocery sack. Of nearly weightless nylon, it folded into a tiny rectangle for storage.

Our Take: We are very proud to have our Acme Workhorse bag selected as "Best Overall" -- we spent over 2 yrs developing and refining this bag - as with all bags we develop, we really sweat the details! Since its introduction back in early 2003 it has been one of our most popular bags and has inspired lots of knockoffs. Look for more outstanding products and innovations from our award-winning line of Acme Bags!

Link: GreenGrocer

September 20, 2007

ReusableBags.com Nominated for Co-op America's Green Business of the Year for 2nd Consecutive Year

Co-op America 09.14.07

Coopnewsroom_2 Co-op America, whose mission is to harness economic power to create a socially just and environmentally sustainable society, has been holding an annual competition since 2005 for Green Business of the Year. The Co-op America People's Choice Award celebrates leaders of the green economy and challenges corporate America to follow their path.

ReusableBags.com is one of the only companies to be a Top-Ten Nominee for the second year running - a testament to the impact the company is making:

  • Moving the plastic bag issue into the mainstream consciousness & promoting the wisdom of reusable shopping bags as an important part of the solution
  • Offering high-quality, practical products made from truly sustainable materials with fair labor/fair trade practices
  • Enabling 70,000 customers to reduce their consumption of use-and-toss items by an estimated 190 millions units
  • Joining the likes of Patagonia, 1% of sales are donated to the preservation and restoration of the natural environment

Vote Today!  If you applaud ReusableBags.com's efforts please click here to cast your vote and help them win the Green Business of the Year award.

To learn more about ReusableBags.com mission, click here.

Link: Co-op America’s People Choice Award

Shopping Responsibly

Ampolo.com 09.04.07

A very well made short video highlighting the advantages of reusable bags.

September 19, 2007

Reusable Bags: Paint them, Use them, Love them

Newbury Current 08.24.07

When I finally made the decision six years ago to begin to use reusable bags I thought it would be easy. In fact, it was far from simple.

Look around your home for some bags that you can bring to the store. Make it a family project to decorate your reusable shopping bags. Local grocery stores and other local stores sell affordable and reusable handle bags. Try it, you just might like it!

Link: Reusable Bags: Paint them, Use them, Love them

Going Green at the Grocery

New Jersey Star Ledger 08.23.07

Concerned over the environmental damage caused by the billions of paper and plastic shopping bags discarded every year, shopper Denise Miller simply brings her own canvas bag to fill with groceries and carry home. She may not be in the minority for long.

With environmentalists targeting plastic shopping bags as a massive source of litter and waste, a growing number of cities and nations are passing laws and levies to reduce their use.

In the United States, the trend is being pushed by another simple reality: while certain forms of plastic packaging would be hard to do without, plastic shopping bags are easily replaceable. Vincent Cobbs, founder and president of reusablebags.com, a Web-based business which sells environmentally friendly alternatives to disposable shopping bags, drinking bottles and other products, said business is up 20 percent in the last two months, with most people buying canvas shopping bags. 

Link: Going Green at the Grocery

All About Plastic

CNN.com 09.16.07Arthkplasticbagsafp

Plastic, once hailed as a modern-day wonder, has faced increasing scrutiny over its impact on the environment. The estimates of how many plastic bags used annually vary wildly from 500 billion to anywhere up to 1 trillion. Even taking the more conservative estimate of 500 billion still roughly translates as 1 million every minute, according to Reusablebags.com.

According to Fast Company, in any given week in the United States, 1 billion bottles of water are being moved around the country, with Americans consuming 50 billion bottles each year. Of that, a whopping 38 billion of them are being sent to landfills, while on a daily basis 60 million just get chucked away.

The conclusion that more people appear to be coming to as the best choice for the future of plastic is one of two options: reuse or stop production at source.

Link: All About Plastic

August 30, 2007

Is Green Living Your Bag, Baby?

USA Today 08.29.07Usa_today_workhorse

These eco-friendly totes take a load off your mind, arms. If green is the new black, then a reusable tote is the new must-have designer handbag. Of course, the Anya Hindmarch "I'm Not A Plastic Bag" tote is out of the question. Fear not. The reusable-bag movement is in full swing, with options for everyone from trendy fashionistas to serious eco-friendly shoppers."There's a lot more out there than the straight-ahead canvas bag," says Vincent Cobb, founder of reusablebags .com.

There is universal agreement when it comes to features to consider when looking for the right reusable bag: personal style, a wide-enough base, sturdy fabric and an ability to be compactly stored when heading out for a shopping spree. The bags sold by ReusableBags.com are "fully green, all the way down to the ink used to print the slogan," says Cobb.

Our Take: The thrust of the story is practical bags versus fashionista bags - of the hundreds of options of reusable bags out there, the editors endorsed a total of 3, all of which were from our proprietary Acme bags line. Our bags were considered "seriously green" and "perfect for the activist."

Check out the featured bags here:
ACME Bags - Workhorse Style 1500
ACME Bags - EarthTote
ACME Bags - Plastic Bags Blow Dual Handled Hemp Tote

Link: Is Green Living Your Bag, Baby?

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April 01, 2007

Taking Aim at All Those Plastic Bags

The New York Times 04.01.08Nytlogo379x64_2

By a 10-1 Board of Supervisors’ vote, San Francisco became the first major American city to ban the use of non-biodegradable plastic bags by supermarkets, drug stores and other large retailers. Yet another alternative is to sell consumers reusable bags...

“The paper versus plastics question takes us off the issue, which is consumption,” says Vincent Cobb, who offers reusable bags and containers on the Internet. “Getting into the habit of bringing your own shopping bag,” he says, “can slash this problem across the board.”

Link: Taking Aim at All Those Plastic Bags.

March 23, 2007

ReusableBags.com Founder Interviewed by ABC News

ReusableBags.com founder Vincent Cobb interviewed by ABC News about IKEA implementing a charge for plastic bags, BYOB (bring your own bag) trends in the U.S. and other "banning the plastic bag" initiatives.

Link: Video interview - ABC News.

March 12, 2007

Attention Shoppers: Bring Your Own Bag


As a country, the United States throws away approximately 100 billion polyethylene plastic bags a year—less than 1 percent are recycled, the Worldwatch Institute reports. Despite the fact that just about any plastic bag brought home from the supermarket is reusable (and can take 1,000 years to degrade, according to the Environmental Protection Agency), the average family accumulates 60 of them in just four trips to the grocery store, according to reusablebags.com. (IKEA’s 59-cent Big Blue Bag is made of plastic, but “it would take 1,000 uses for it to be unusable,” according to their spokesperson.)

Link: Attention Shoppers: Bring Your Own Bag.

July 21, 2006

ReusableBags.com endorsed in An Inconvenient Truth

An Inconvenient Truth, 7.13.06

We're very proud of our recent endorsement in the appendix of Al Gore's blockbuster book addressing global warming, An Inconvenient Truth. It states, "To purchase reusable bags, learn more bag facts, and find actions you can take, visit www.reusablebags.com" (pg. 316). The appendix offers a handful of practical tips with the overarching philosophy of "Consume less, conserve more."

Using our key statistics, facts and sound bites, Gore develops a succinct pitch to raise awareness to the many problems associated with use-and-toss shopping bags:

      "...an estimated 500 billion to one trillion plastic bags are consumed world-wide every year. In the U.S. alone, an estimated 12,000,000 barrels of oil are required to produce the 100 billion consumed annually... furthermore, paper bags are no better than plastic." Paper bag production delivers a global warming double-whammy -- forests (major absorbers of greenhouse gases) have to be cut down, and then the subsequent manufacturing of bags produces greenhouse gases. In short, carry a reusable bag and when asked paper or plastic, say neither... (pgs. 315-316).

Gore then touches on a parallel cause we have been passionately committed to for several years, carrying your own refillable bottle, for water or other beverages as a smart alternative to use-and-toss disposables. Gore urges, "Instead of buying single-use plastic bottles that require significant energy and resources to produce, buy a reusable container and fill it up yourself. In addition to the emissions created by producing the bottles themselves, imported water is especially energy inefficient because it has to be transported over long distances..." (pg. 316).