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Product Review: Reusable Grocery Bag Organizer

Friday, May 13th, 2011

At the 2011 NAPO Conference I fell in love with a new concept in green.

You know those mesh grocery bags that cut down on plastic waste if only you could remember to bring them with you to the store? The answer is a stylish Reusable Bag Organizer™ that will make it a pleasure!

The Tote Buddy™ is an organized, flat, and beautiful way to always have the bags at hand. Just leave one set of handles out when you Velcro® the Tote Buddy™ flat. Other women will ask you where you found the beautiful bag hanging on your arm.

The tote is reinforced so you can stand it in the child seat, attach your shopping list (long sticky note is perfect!) and you are set to maneuver through the aisles grabbing what you need. You only need music and you will look like you are doing the “shopping cart” dance. Ha!

After you empty your groceries at home, you will be motivated to load up your Tote Buddy™ and put it in your car for the next trip – because you now have a plan and it is stylin’!

This company donated reusable bags to CraveDC for their kick-off event on September 1st, 2010. I’m hoping they will be the next product found at Target or Whole Foods. Until then we will have to order our Reusable Bag Organizer™ online.

To what extent are you going green? Leave me a comment below with your best tip.

ThuRsday Recycle and Reuse: The Waste Not Center

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
ThuRs Recycle and Reuse

ThuRs Recycle and Reuse

What do 14″ green, 10″ blue and 8″ orange plastic balls, bins of odd Styrofoam shapes and hundreds of black porcelain bowls have in common? These are just a few of the objects donated to and available at the Waste Not Center, on the west side of Columbus, OH.

This center is a wonderful opportunity for Franklin County residents to help teachers while keeping tons of materials from becoming solid waste. The program is a win-win-win for environmentally conscious residents, students/teachers/artists, and the Department of Sanitation.

The Waste Not Center (WNC) receives donations from individuals and businesses of supplies that would otherwise be discarded and makes them available to teachers, artists and non-profit organizations at no charge other than a small annual membership fee.

Students pay $35-45, the teachers/artists’ fee is $75, while entire schools can register for $295 for the year.

Some of the more common items that can be found at the center are paper products, art supplies, decorating samples, office supplies, silk flowers, fabric, carpet samples, and Styrofoam. Then there are the surprises like a 6′ tall faux orchid tree, dozens of safety vests, and a 40″ faux moss wreath. Photos of current inventory items can be viewed here.

The Waste Not Center is open:

  • Every Thursday, 2:00pm – 6:00pm.
  • 2nd Saturday of each month, 9:00 am – 11:30am

It is located at 2830B Fisher Rd, Columbus OH 43204 (map).

To make donating easy and accessible to all, there are bins for Neighborhood Drop Offs at 10 locations around Columbus.

Now you can feel good about letting go of those craft supplies that you will never use, knowing that a teacher will be thrilled to have them. All donations are tax deductible.

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