Posts tagged ‘reusable bags’

Don’t Throw that Bag Away!!

Because it’s reusable, Silly!  And it’s reusable because you’re ever so thoughtful and mindful of your environment, style, and wallet.  Ecosumo has over 2 dozen choices of stylish reusable bags for shopping or travel or picnic-ing or…insert your need here.  Most importantly though, having a reusable sack around stops the use of disposable plastic bags…and then you can put your reusable water bottle into your reusable bag and help us battle the Diposable Water Bottle Beast!

Check out some of our killer selection:

1. THE FLORA BAG is a green alternative with their lightweight, portable, waterproof bags. Each one holds the equivalent of two supermarket plastic bags, thanks to reinforced seams. The Flora bag draws its inspiration from the colours and shapes of pristine Australian rainforests, bringing a dash of summer to any season. A fun, yet fashionable way to shop! The pouch is small enough to fit into a glove compartment or a medium to large handbag.


2. THE BAMBOO BAG is an eco-friendly alternative to disposable shopping bags that have caused so much damage to the environment worldwide. Plastic bags clog drains and cause flooding. They pollute rivers and streams, killing animals and destroying plantlife. They take years to photodegrade and have a very short life span.


3. THE HEMP BAG – the hemp plant produces the strongest natural fibre known. With no known insect enemies and a high resistance to disease, there is no need to use harmful pesticides in cultivation. The hemp bags are printed with vegetable based inks and are all packaged a recycled cardboard box. A strong eco-friendly alternative, and a great gift idea!



July 22, 2009 at 2:33 pm Leave a comment

What Does the Recycling Symbol Mean?

We typically see the the Recycling triangle/multi-arrow symbol in a variety of ways on a multitude of product containers – from disposable water bottles to cardboard boxes, yet there are over 40 variants of the symbol (that we could find) and many have different meanings…and then there are the ones with numbers in the middle.  There is one MAJOR difference between the symbols – one means Recyclable and the other Recycled, the distinction being that one product has the POTENTIAL of being used again and the other is already made from recycled materials.  Being aware of these symbols meanings AND your local communities laws for what can be recycled and what cannot is critical to an effective recycling system both locally and nationally.


Below we’ve collected a list of facts that will help understand the Recycle triangle and how to decipher its purpose.  We also included some links…


April 28, 2009 at 12:32 am 1 comment

1 Year Later…Whole Food and Reusable Bags

We’re avid readers of Whole Foods blog, The Whole Story.   Being that it’s April – the month within which Earth Day is celebrated (we’re pushing for it to be every day) – and also the month where a year ago Whole Foods completely discontinued using disposable plastic bags in their stores.  We recently wrote about the topic here on the blog and just wanted to give a nod to Whole Foods for reducing waste and helping its customers make their shopping as Green and eco-conscious as possible.  Check out the full article by clicking “see more”:


“It’s been a year now since we eliminated disposable plastic grocery bags in our stores. (Feel free to insert lame joke here about time flying.) We thought customers would support this move but we’ve been blown away by how much: reusable bag use has tripled and we estimate that together we’ve kept about 150 million plastic bags out of landfills since last Earth Day….” <see more>

April 12, 2009 at 2:41 pm Leave a comment

What is the Deal With Disposable Plastic Bags?

Remember that line from The Graduate, where one of Dustin Hoffman’s father’s friends tells him “The future is plastics”?  Well, for better and worse, that man was delivering some serious knowledge, even though script writer Buck Henry was being metaphorical.  What do we mean by “for better and worse”?  Well, we don’t want to demonize plastics in general – they do provide some benefits such as serving to reduce the use of other resources such as glass, aluminum, and steel.  They also make a variety of products flexible, durable, and lightweight, thus creating new industrial methods, business, and scalable economies where before there were none.  On their Packaging and Consumer Products page, the American Plastics Council provides some statistics and general information about plastics in regard to recycling, reuse, reduction, and recovery.

However, we’re speaking specifically about disposable plastic bags – those you take home your groceries in and wrap sandwiches in.  Ultimately, our stance is that industry will not take money out of its own pockets and reduce the harmful effects of their product to the environment without we-the-people encouraging them to, mainly by boycotting these products altogether. IT IS EXTREMELY EASY TO DO – for your grocery shopping, use reusable bags constructed from natural products such as cotton or bamboo; for sandwiches, wrap them in a paper napkin or a reusable piece of tin foil.




Here are some reasons and statistics WHY you should boycott disposable plastic bags and even ask your local grocer to discontinue carrying them.

  1. Plastic bags are made from petroleum…yup, that precious resource THAT ISN’T RENEWABLE which we use for so many other things.  That’s just ridiculous and we all know it.  Why waste precious resources when we have other options for reusable products?
  2. Plastic bags are not biodegradable.  Certainly, they break down, but only into smaller parts that end up in our water supply and even in our soil.
  3. Have you ever thought “Awww…that plastic bag is so beautiful blowing through my neighborhood”???  We bet not.  Litter is just awful and plastic bags are one of the biggest culprits (well…it’s humans who are responsible; plastic doesn’t throw itself away.)
  4. This is a GLOBAL dilemma.  Other countries have taken massive steps to curb the spread of disposable plastic bags, yet the United States is dragging its feet.  Check out some examples below (and much thanks to,, BBC news, and National Geographic for doing the reserach and publishing the data to inform people.)
  • In Asia, the bags were banned in 2002 in Bangladesh after they were considered to be major factors in blocking sewers and drains and contributing to the severe flooding that devastated the country in 1988 and 1998.
  • In 2002, Ireland imposed a 15-cent tax on bags, which led to a rapid 90 percent reduction in use. Ireland uses the tax to help fund other environmental initiatives. Bags are also taxed in Sweden and Germany, and are set to be banned outright in Paris this year.
  • 30 rural Alaskan villages and towns have banned plastic bags.
  • The city of San Francisco became the first major municipality to ban the use of plastic bags, and nearby Oakland has followed suit, but not without controversy and litigation from industry groups.
  • In the European Union, member countries require manufacturers/producers of plastic bags and other plastic waste to take them back and recycle them.
  • In Taiwan and South Africa, both countries prohibit the thinner plastic bags – this encourages people to bring their own bags since retailers can’t afford to provide the more expensive, thicker plastic bags for free.

Compelling enough for you?   Then check out for some reusable bags that were designed not only to be sturdy and eco-conscious, but provide some stylish solutions that fit the colorfulness and creativity of your Planet-Saving personality.  We carry a variety of reusable bags, some made from Hemp, others made from cloth, all made with durability, style, and Green living in mind.  And most of them are waterproof and hold more than double the standard disposable plastic bags.

Here are some final action items you can use to help rid our environment of the waste and poison that is disposable plastic bags:

  1. Get some reusable bags and use ’em!
  2. If you don’t have a reusable bag yet, ask for paper – they hold at least 4 times more than disposable plastic.
  3. Talk to/write to the store manager (or even the corporate headquarters) about promoting the use of cloth, reusable bags to their shoppers.
  4. Spread the word!  Tell friends and family and even strangers about how they can soooo easily help out.

March 12, 2009 at 12:08 pm Leave a comment

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