Last Chance: ECOBAGS®, Sarah Lazarovic, & Trash is for Tossers “Buyerarchy” Giveaway!

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It’s your last chance to enter our “buyerarchy” giveaway that we are hosting along with artist Sarah Lazarovic and Lauren Singer of Trash is for Tossers.

We’re giving away 30 totes with Sarah Lazarovic’s “Buyerarchy,” and ten lucky winners will also receive her book “A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy.”

We hope this giveaway inspires people to reduce not only their use of plastic, but to purchase more intentionally. It’s not just plastic that we need to reduce consumption of, but we also need to reduce our consumption of all the “stuff.”

Giveaway closes 9/27/16 at 8PM!

Here’s how to enter:
1 – Follow @ecobags_us@trashisfortossers, and @abunchofpretty, on Instagram
2 – subscribe to our email lists by following this link
3 – Go back to our Instagram post, tag one of your eco friendly friends, and type #iamthechange

All entries must be submitted by 9/27/16 8:00PM EST. The winner will be announced by 9/28/16 5:30PM EST. We will notify the winner by direct message on Instagram, as well as announcing the winner on the original Instagram post.

Contest is only open to residents of the U.S. and Canada. This contest is in no way sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Instagram, Inc. By entering entrants confirm they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s terms of use.

Written by: Mollie Mac, ECOBAGS® very own marketing maven. Mollie is an adventurer and a green living advocate. If you have any tips or tricks for her she’d love to hear from you, email her at: mollie(at)ecobags(dot)com:)

The Preservation of Fall

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It’s so exciting to me that fall is right around the corner, to wake up to crisp mornings that are on the precipice of being too cold to leave the windows open.

I know I’m not the only one who loves fall, who perhaps finds themselves in an almost romantic relationship with it. Especially as the weather cools, the leaves change, and I can spend my mornings bundled up under my warm down blanket with my hands hugging a mug of hot coffee; before it’s so cold that the prospect of getting out of bed is the most dreaded part of the day.

The stifling hot is finally gone – and I am so thankful for that. I know it wasn’t just NY who experienced a hotter summer than usual, it was actually the 5th hottest summer on record for the lowers 48 states. Not only that, but it was the hottest recorded August worldwide, according to NASA, and we can’t blame this one solely on El Niño,via Live Science:

That trend is what Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and other climate scientists emphasize. It is that excess heat that has accumulated over decades thanks to rising levels of greenhouse gases that accounts for the bulk of this year’s record warmth, with El Niño providing only a small boost.

I know in a way I’m preaching to the choir – but it’s more important than ever that we all do our part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Let’s preserve this magical time of year.

Don’t forget your reusable tote bags. Pack your lunch. Bring your canteen to the gym.

And don’t forget to inspire your friends – you have more impact than you know.

Written by: Mollie Mac, ECOBAGS® very own marketing maven. Mollie is an adventurer and a green living advocate. If you have any tips or tricks for her she’d love to hear from you, email her at: mollie(at)ecobags(dot)com:)

ECOBAGS® Honored as Best For the World, by B the Change Media!

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We here at Eco-Bags Products are so pleased to be honored by B the Change Media as a “Best for the World Overall Honoree!” That means we scored in the top 10 percent among our fellow B Corps, we are so happy to be making the most positive impact among this impressive group, and we’re in good company; other companies honored with this title include Dr. Bronner’s, The Honest Co., and Greyston Bakery

There are 1,863 Certified B Corporations in 50 countries and 130 different industries all working toward the same high social and environmental standards. We are using the power of business to create a better world!

What does it take to be a B? Find out here.

Companies We Love: Wild Hive Farm, local grains

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Eating locally doesn’t have to end with your meat or produce, you can get locally sourced grains & flour as well!

I recently learned about Wild Hive Farm, a “community grain project that is  dedicated to creating high quality grain products from the region where they are grown… with a view to creating a sustainable regional grain based good system.”

I fell in love with the idea, and it seems like at just the right time, as they will soon be opening  a web store, and to my fellow locavores – they are based in the Hudson Valley (Dutchess County). You can also get their grains at the 4th Street Co-op & Greenmarket at Union Square in NYC, at Quattro’s Poultry Farm & Market in Pleasant Valley, & Beacon Natural Market… in Beacon.

Why are locally sourced grains (or any food for that matter) so important?:

  1. Cutting down on natural resources used to transport food. (on average food travels 1,500 miles from farm to consumer in the US – this cuts down to just 44.6 miles for most locally sourced foods.)
  2. Foods lose some nutritional value in transport, the less time the food takes from farm to your mouth the more nutrients you are getting from it (this applies to grains as well!).
  3. Because they don’t have to travel so far, locally grown crops are picked at their peak.
  4. You’re supporting your local families & communities.

Written by: Mollie Mac, ECOBAGS® very own marketing maven. Mollie is an adventurer and a green living advocate. If you have any tips or tricks for her she’d love to hear from you, email her at: mollie(at)ecobags(dot)com:)

 

Green on the go: what to keep in your bag

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I’m actually astonished at how much single use plastic is still being used in this world – mostly because I live in a bubble of eco-conscious people.

The people I work with, my boyfriend, my friends, my sisters, my mother – everyone is conscious about how they tread on our planet. Sometimes I forget, that while this is my normal, it’s not everyone’s normal.

Nor can I expect it to be; that would be unrealistic.

So, when I walked  into a brewery – that I will leave unnamed, as everything was lovely otherwise –  last week for date night with the boyfriend I was both appalled and shocked that we were given our BBQ on paper plates with plastic cutlery – a spoon, fork, and knife for each of us. We looked at each other and sighed – there really was no other option as we stopped carrying around our reusable fork/knife/spoon combo when we returned stateside from over 2 years on the road.

We realized that we would have to make the reusable cutlery a staple in my bag once again: plan for the worst & hope for the best – one of life’s best motto’s.

Keeping that in mind, here is my list of the #1 items to keep in your purse or back-pack for these unhappy events:

  1. Reusable cutlery – this bamboo set from To-go ware is great, it comes with it’s own carrier pouch, and since it’s bamboo once you’re through with it (if you ever are) it’s biodegradable!
  2. A reusable bag small enough to scrunch up into your purse – I use mine at least once a day!
  3. A reusable water bottle & if you drink as much coffee as I do, a travel mug.
  4. A cloth napkin – etsy has some beautiful options as well. These are great for a myriad of things – from wrapping snacks to cleaning up the crumbs on your desk!

If you forget any of these items, and end up in a circumstance similar to my own, be kind to yourself. Remember that you are doing the best you can – and don’t get discouraged, instead learn from your experiences.

Go forth & be green!

Written by: Mollie Mac, ECOBAGS® very own marketing maven. Mollie is an adventurer and a green living advocate. If you have any tips or tricks for her she’d love to hear from you, email her at: mollie(at)ecobags(dot)com:)