Going green is all the rage right now and for good reason. If you’re like me, however, the desire is there, but the know-how is lacking. An obvious way to protect our planet is to recycle and reuse household items. But when it comes down to finding ways to reuse, my brain seems to lack the creativity and innovation necessary to come up with practical solutions.
It turns out that I’m not alone, and luckily, there is an awesome company whose mission is to help the recycling-challenged become recycling-savvy. The company is called Reuseit, and they specialize in selling reuseable products made from long-lasting materials to ensure you never have to buy disposable again.
More About Reuseit
Reuseit was launched in 2003 under the name ACME Bags. They aim to help everyone adopt a reduced-waste lifestyle by providing durable, high-quality reuseable items while supporting local economies by manufacturing in and using materials from the U.S. All their products hold a lifetime guarantee and are manufactured in accordance with free labor/free trade practices.
In its short existence, Reuseit has often been recognized for its efforts to reduce consumption and support reuseable items. It has received the Green America’s People’s Choice Award twice as well as the Longtime Leadership Award. Reuseit also has been certified as “Outstanding” by BizRate.com. To top it all off, Reuseit donates 1% of its sales to support environmental organizations.
Reuseit also provides excellent customer service in addition to its easily navigable website. All of Reuseit’s items are delivered in a timely fashion, properly packaged in recycled materials, and all at a low cost. Reuseit guarantees its products, so if you are not satisfied with your order, you can return it as long as it is unused and still in its packaging. Their website is also very upfront about current promotions and has them listed on the “Help” page. Make sure you check these out before you order to receive free items and discounts.
Reuseit may be the perfect solution for those, like myself, who want to live with the environment in mind, but don’t really know where to start. To put Reusit to the test, I tried out a few of their products and I have described my experience with them below.
Lightweight Recycled Cotton Lunch Bag
I really like this bag. Not only is it reuseable, but it is actually easier to use than a regular paper bag (which is essentially why many of us use disposable bags to begin with – ease of use and convenience).
Here are some reasons why I love it:
- It Fits a Lot of Food. This is my absolute favorite feature. It holds much more than your average paper bag and it opens up wide so you can easily fit stuff in and find exactly what you are looking for.
- Velcro Closure. When you use a brown paper bag, you lose storage space by rolling down the top in order to keep your food in. But with the Reuseit bag, there is no loss of storage space or food because it has a Velcro closure.
- Lightweight and Compact. I’ve used other lunch bags made of a thick insulation material that makes them difficult to store. The Reuseit bag, however, is made from 75% recycled cotton and 25% recycled polyester. It can be rolled up and easily stuck in a purse or briefcase to be brought home to use the next day. No more forgetting your lunch bag at work!
- Machine Washable. If you use a lunch bag everyday, it is bound to get dirty. This one is safe to throw in the washing machine when it needs a little freshening up.
- It’s Responsible (and Cute!). With “I’m Not a Paper Bag” printed on the front, this bag is sure to get a lot of attention in the break room. You never know, your bag could be the reason a colleague goes “non-disposable.”
This bag is also free of PVC, lead, phthalates, and BPA. It’s made in the USA and screen-printed in Reuseit’s Chicago warehouse. The cost is $10.95 (check for sales and coupons!), which makes it a very effective and inexpensive way to go green.
Sandwich & Snack Bag Set
I have tried reusing plastic bags and Tupperware for my lunches, but the bags don’t last very long and the Tupperware is too bulky to pack. I’m so glad Reuseit came up with something better.
Here are my favorite features about the sandwich and snack bag set:
- Adjustable Size. Because the sandwich and snack bags feature Velcro along the front, you are able to adjust the bag to the size you need. If you have a larger item like a big sandwich, you can squeeze it into the bag. Or if you have a smaller item that you want to keep air-tight, such as cheese, you can adjust the bag so it fits snug over the food.
- Easy to Clean. I was a little worried about cleaning the sandwich and snack bags, but this has turned out to be quite easy. For most items, I can shake the crumbs out and wipe the inside with a damp cloth. Or when my husband packs himself a messy peanut butter and jelly sandwich, he easily turns the bag inside out and washes it gently under cold water.
- Durable. Because of the double-layered nylon fabric, these bags are durable and moisture resistant. I feel very comfortable putting all kinds of snacks in these bags for my toddler in my purse. As of yet, I have had no issues with grapes, pretzels, and even macaroni and cheese, and I don’t expect to.
- Saves Money. I may have wasted hundreds of dollars over the years on plastic bags that just get used up and thrown out. A set of one sandwich bag and two snack bags from Reuseit costs $19.95, which, given the cost of plastic bags, can easily be recouped over a few months.
- Solves a Real World Problem. Let’s not forget the obvious. Re-using snack and sandwich bags means less plastic polluting our oceans, soil, and groundwater!
These reuseable sandwich and snack bags are safe with both hot and cold foods and are BPA, lead, and phthalate free. Reuseit offers the sandwich bags and snack bags separately for purchase as well.
Hemp & Organic Cotton Napkin
I had the idea to use cloth instead of paper towels, but didn’t make the leap until recently. This is such a money saver as well as an environment saver. I can honestly tell you that I am throwing out less trash than ever. You can add paper towels to your list of things to never buy again.
Here’s what I love about the hemp and organic cotton napkin:
- They’re Soft. If my toddler can tolerate getting his face wiped with one of these cloths, then they’re soft enough for anyone. They are certainly more comfortable to use than regular paper napkins. That said, it took a couple of washes to maximize the softness quotient.
- Machine Washable. These napkins hold up really well in the wash. I’ve also used them to clean some nasty spills, and so far, they have no noticeable stains. I have even washed them with homemade laundry detergent and that worked like a charm!
- Safe Materials. The reuseable napkins are made from 45% organic cotton and 55% durable hemp. I love using organic materials, especially around my son, because I know there aren’t any harmful chemicals hidden in the fabric.
- Lightweight. If you do away with paper products, having a lightweight replacement is a must. These lightweight napkins can fit anywhere, including a lunch bag, purse, or even a pocket. You could never do that with a dish towel.
- Versatility and Durability. These napkins are not just napkins. They are also paper towels, tissues, and wet naps. I’ve used them to clean my son’s face and hands after mealtime, and you can use them however you see fit. Plus, the hemp keeps the napkins strong and long-lasting.
Napkins include the embroidered slogan, “I’m Not a Paper Towel” and a lifetime guarantee. A set of four costs $11.95.
Reuseit is a lot more than just lunch products and towels. They offer a wide variety of options to replace items in every room of the home, including your home office, kitchen, laundry room, and bathroom. For example, they offer cloth diapers, refillable dry erase markers, garbage bags, cutlery, batteries, grocery bags, sponges, and even toothbrushes. There is something to be found that is useful and cost-saving for everyone.
So if you are like me and are not quite sure how to start reusing in order to stop tossing, check out Reuseit and start with just a few simple items that suit your needs.
Do you own any reusable products from Reuseit? What has your experience been like? Have you found that the items are worth the higher prices?