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 Foundation, Save 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?
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