A lot of people like to talk about being green. It’s a cool thing to claim to be. The problem is, too many like to talk about it but don’t do much about it. The reasons for not being green range from “it’s too hard” to “it’s too expensive”. Since this is gift giving season, I thought I would share three companies that are doing some pretty cool things with eco friendly products. In each case, I am a happy customer but have no involvement with these companies at all.
The first company is Alchemy Goods (http://alchemygoods.com/) Their products are made from old bicycle inner tubes and old seatbelts. They make everything from messenger bags (which is what they are best known for), backpacks, purses, wallets, belts etc. I didn’t realize how much I liked this company until the other day when I was going on a business trip and realized that while I was packing lightly, I had 5 of their products with me. Some companies claim to be green, claim to use recycled products but when you do some research, they use very little recycled products. With Alchemy Goods, they let you know what percentage of each product is recycled and put it on their logo. The other day, I was looking for something on their web site and decided to email them with a question, within 5 minutes, I had a response. It’s a great company with great products and great support.
The second company is Guided Products (http://www.guidedproducts.com/). Formerly known as Rebinder they specialize in recycled office supplies. Whether it’s binders, note books or business cards they have a nice selection. When I first started ordering from them, their products were only available online and in a few local stores in the Seattle area, now, they are available in mainstream stores including WalMart. I have used their notebooks and business cards for a few years now. There are cheaper business cards out there but for me, I would rather do what is right.
The third company is Chico Bags (http://www.chicobag.com/). Nowadays, it’s common for people to bring their own bags to the grocery store. Chico Bags is taking this a step further by making their reusable bags from recyclable materials. As a bonus, they fold up and can be stored in their attached pouch. When I travel, if it’s a one or two day trip I frequently use their duffel bag as my main bag (fortunately, I’m not known for dressing too formally so it works for me).
Are there other good eco friendly companies out there? Yes. These are three of many. If anyone has any they would like to share with me, please send me an email, thanks!
Will buying from these companies save the world? No, but it’s a good start
Have a great day!
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