So, as you know, I want to help fix our environment. In my travels and travails to somehow contribute to this cause, I came across an awesome new product a few days ago: ReJAVAnate reusable bags.
ReJAVAnate takes the burlap from coffee and makes bags out of it. This is great for several reasons. First off, burlap is liable to sit in a landfill for years and years, and this is a great way to recycle it for something useful. Second, the company primarily employs people from a program called The Arc, which is an organization that supports people with disabilities. (Translation: these people wouldn't normally have jobs, and ReJAVAnate is giving them jobs). And finally, of course, this is a WAY better alternative to plastic bags (ew) or even paper bags.
Re-use, re-use, re-use, people. Like I said a few days ago, stop using plastic bags.
Anyway, just wanted to pass the word along. Thought it might make a nice gift for the holidays (if, like me, you don't have a lot of money to spend but want to spent it on something GOOD).
Somewhere, Al Gore is smiling.