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THE REUSABLE BAG
CAMPAIGN

We'll donate $1 to environmental groups every time you do your shopping with a reusable bag. It's okay if you forget to bring your own. We've designed a special tote in organic cotton, part of our mission to be sustainable.

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Carolyn Urbanavage, Gulf Project, 2012

We Want This Bag Back
To launch our Reusable Bag Campaign, we designed this hand-silkscreened bag made in India with organic cotton. We are selling it below cost to inspire you to do your shopping in an earth-conscious way.
We chose Restore the Earth as the first charity partner in our Reusable Bag Campaign based on enthusiastic feedback from employees who volunteered to work on the foundation's Louisiana Gulf restoration projects. Each has come back transformed by a desire to do more to help this critical eco system.

The Gulf is part of the Mississippi River watershed, which is the third largest on earth, after the Amazon and the Congo. With its headwaters in Minnesota, the Mississippi and its tributaries touch 31 states and two Canadian provinces between the Rocky and the Appalachian Mountains. The Gulf is a critical way station for migrating birds and a nursery for marine life that feeds the Caribbean Basin.

Our Reusable Bag Campaign isn't the only way you can contribute. Restore the Earth welcomes volunteers who are willing to get their boots wet and restore fragile ecosystems. Carolyn Urbanavage from our Ardmore store accepted the challenge and planted mangrove saplings to prevent a sand dune near the southernmost tip of Louisiana from washing away into the ocean.

"This dune is a first stop for migrating birds from South America," Carolyn says. "The birds help restore the earth naturally by spreading seeds, allowing new grasses to grow and helping to preserve the land. The ecosystem in Louisiana is mainly marshland that in the past has replenished itself naturally with sediment from flooding. Now, because humans have built dams and levees, the land is disappearing into the ocean at an incredible rate."

For more about Carolyn's volunteer trip, click here.

For information about planning own volunteer trip, please contact Taylor Marshall, Director of Sustainable Programs, at tam@restoretheearth.org.


The UK Campaign

The Environmental Investigation Agency is our UK charity partner. Our stores selected EIA because of its rigorous investigations and broad-ranging campaigns, which include working with UK businesses to reduce plastic bag usage and halt climate-damaging refrigerants. EIA advocates globally for important causes such as ending trade in ivory and exotic animal skins.

The Canada Campaign

Canada is home to one-tenth of the world's forests. To prevent them from vanishing, Global Forest Watch Canada works with a network of organizations to monitor this precious resource, provide accurate data and support conservation efforts. As part of our commitment to sustainable forestry in our products, Global Forest Watch was a natural choice for our Canada charity partner.

Paper, Plastic and Reusable Bag Facts

  • Plastic bags, which are made from petroleum, are typically used for only 12 minutes. They take centuries to biodegrade.
  • Paper bags biodegrade readily, but creating them requires significant quantities of water and chemicals, even when they are made with recycled fiber.
  • Reusable bags are the best option, but they have a silent environmental impact if they sit idly in a closet. According to the UK Environmental Agency, a conventional cotton bag must be used 131 times to mitigate its global warming consequences. Our reusable bags are organic so the carbon footprint will be less.