The Sooner you Turn Off the Tap the Better

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March 22nd marked world water day. There’s no denying that water is an integral part of life, so what can you do to help protect the worlds waters?

  1. Be active in your community. Clean up litter when you see it, participate in community clean up days, don’t litter, go to meetings with you local constituents, be vocal about how you want the earth treated.
  2. Stop using so much disposable plastic, and opt for reusables. Reusable bags, reusable water bottles, reusable coffee mugs, reusable lunch packs, even reusable food covers. It’s estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the sea. Don’t be part of the problem, be part of the solution.
  3. Conserve your water usage. Take shorter showers. Turn off the tap while you’re brushing your face or washing your teeth. Only run the dishwasher or clothes washer when you have a full load.
  4. Dispose of chemicals, oils, & batteries properly – so they don’t end up in the water system.
  5. Avoid using pesticides or chemical fertilizers. Choose non-toxic household cleaners and try not to use antibacterial soaps or cleaning products.

What other ways do you help to preserve our waters?

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:)

Your ECOBAG® made responsibly, and probably by a woman

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After stumbling upon this Vice article which explores the possible hypocrisy of the apparel we wear to support causes such as planned parenthood or to proclaim our support of the feminist movement – clothes that at once deem us “woke” but also have cast shadows of doubt when no one asks “where” and “how” these items were made.

I want to assure you that all of our bags are made at factories that meet and exceed fair wage and fair labor practices as well as safety standards. We are certified FLSA and SA 8000. The majority of our factory employees are women – women who are valued in the workplace, compensated well above minimum wages and who have ample holiday and vacation time off.

Children did not make your bag. The people in it work in a safe work environment and they make a livable wage.

In addition to this we are a woman owned business and the majority of the employees (hi!) that work in our office are women. We work to empower women all over the world, and in all social and economic circumstances.

If you are a non-profit or are seeking to design apparel with proceeds that go towards a cause, you should work with a company whose values align with your own. You can be sure that here at Eco-Bags Products we support women, we support the right to a living wage – no matter where in the world you live, and we also support the protection of our environment.

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:)

 

Owner Sharon Rowe speaks at Yale

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Owner and CEO of ECOBAGS®, Sharon Rowe, was invited by Yale to speak on their Bright Lights, Green sights podcast. You can listed to it here.

Self Care is Good for the Cause!

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With all that’s going on in the world and our country, I think we could all use some self care. It’s important to not feel guilty about taking a moment for yourself to reboot; because ,if you don’t take some time for yourself you’ll burn out, and in a time like this we all need to stay fresh for the long haul.

Take yourself out to a movie, go to bar with friends, stay in and cook dinner with your partner, look at pictures of kittens. The only thing off the menu is talking or reading about politics. Give yourself permission to take pleasure in the things you enjoy, without feeling any guilt.

Then get back to kicking ass.

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:)

4 Ways to Appreciate Nature This Year

pexels-photo-38136It’s hard to sit at a desk all day, it’s hard to concentrate on a single task for hours on end, and it’s even harder to feel fulfilled mentally while doing so.

But, this is the unfortunate reality for many in the workforce. However, there are a few little changes you can make to improve your overall mood and attentiveness throughout the day. It has been proven by the American Psychological Association that a little nature will go a long way. In a study by Rachel Kaplan, it was found that office workers with a view of nature “liked their jobs more, enjoyed better health and reported greater life satisfaction.”

Here are 4 ways to incorporate nature and well being into your everyday life:

  1. Eat your lunch outdoors. It will get you out of the office, and hopefully away from screens.
  2. Keep  a plant at your desk. Succulents are great – they need very little water, but a lot of  light!
  3. Exercise outdoors. Wake up a half hour early and go for a run. It will invigorate you!
  4. Take a moment everyday to step outside and appreciate your surroundings, and if it’s too cold, peep outside your window!

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:)