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UPDATED: Reusables Should Not End Up In Landfills

UPDATED: Reusables Should Not End Up In Landfills

How much trash has gone from your hands on its way to a landfill today? Perhaps a to-go coffee cup, food container, napkin, fast food fork, or cleaning solution bottle? Reuseit.com is on a mission to end our continuous flow of trash by offering quality, long-lasting reusables.

Reuseit.com was previously known as ReuseableBags.com, but owner Vincent Cobb has taken the company from solely fighting against plastic bags to fighting for a reusable lifestyle. “The name captures the essence of our proactive spirit to adopting a reusables lifestyle,” the website explains.

The plastic bag problem is not to be eclipsed– the U.S. alone goes through 100 billion plastic bags annually and about one million single-use plastic bags are used every minute worldwide. Quickly adding to the problem (and to landfills) are disposable water bottles, single-use coffee and tea filters, and a host of other products designed to be immediately wasted.

Cobb wants to see reusables integrated into many areas of life, starting with and including the elimination of plastic bags. “My vision of the next phase: People migrating towards higher-quality, long-lasting reusables,” he told Green America.

Inspiration for Cobb’s reusable lifestyle products stem from his becoming a father. “Since then I have had an instinctual drive to protect and fight for them and future generations. One of my favorite quotes is ‘We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children,’” he explained.

Cobb launched the business in 2003 after witnessing a proliferation of cheap, short-term “reusables” take over the market. He saw that these poorly-made items, especially bags, did not last for years and quickly joined landfills themselves. Reuseit.com sells reusables intended to be long-lasting, and uses Fair Trade processes and quality materials.

Besides a huge range of durable all-purpose bags, Reuseit.com hosts many other reuseable products that help cut consumption and waste: chopsticks, straws, juice pouches, watter bottles, lunch boxes, ziplock bags, coffee filters, jars, batteries, even wrapping paper!

Reuseit.com is proud to “walk the talk” through its support of environmental causes by donating over $200,000 to organizations such as Surfrider FoundationSave The Bay, and Rainforest Action Network.

Consider before you buy anything reusable: is it quality and able to do its job of preventing landfill buildup?

Healthy & Green Living GiveawayThe editors over at Healthy & Green Living are offering a great giveaway of four different products from Reuseit.com. Go check it out. 

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10:16AM PST on Jan 5, 2011

I wonder what happens to the "eco-friendly" and reusable plastic bags once they fall apart or get lost? Everyone should stick to cloth (which is paint/lead free!). If everyone used cloth bags it would cut down our plastic use by millions of tons. This plastic is wreaking havoc on our environment, and especially our oceans, where most trash ends up anyways.
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1:56PM PST on Dec 15, 2010

there is a place near my house called Winns grocery we bring them there and the owner reuses them

5:11AM PST on Dec 9, 2010

We can never stop learning and teaching new ways of conserving waste, as it's all for the good in the long run!

11:43AM PST on Dec 8, 2010

I take reduce, reuse, recyle to the extreme. I have almost zero waste and it's not that hard to do. You just have to want to.

8:48AM PST on Dec 8, 2010

Reusable is a common good for life

4:44AM PST on Dec 8, 2010

I try very hard to be "green", but recognize that I still fall short in some areas ... and, for that, I'm not proud. I appreciate articles like this to remind me to clean up my act and make more changes in my "habits" aimed at decreasing waste and making our world healthier and happier for us all. Thanks for this article!

10:57AM PST on Dec 7, 2010

I try to use re-usables whenever I can, and to minimize the amount of waste I produce.

3:43PM PST on Dec 6, 2010

alsowanted to add- Why cant people be made to take their own shopping bags out with them like in the 'old' days . You had a material bag that you used and used. Too many people in the world , its overpopulated now, is how i see it so9, every one wants, wants wants. Hence all the fast food chains, cartons, containers bags,, small corner shops with their rubbish and everywear.

3:40PM PST on Dec 6, 2010

Something needs to be done adn QUICK , like now , not in 10 years time or 20 . NOW. they aint doing nothing, our Governments, or The World Organisation, they too slow its all gonna be to late. Its sickening, sad , frighttening, and emotional. It upsets me what they do and what they doing and what they are not doing. Its the animals and creatures, and animals i feel sorry and so so sad for.

3:20PM PST on Dec 6, 2010

I use reusable products every chance I get and constantly look for ways to improve the actions I already take.

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