Who Inspires Us: Resolutions from Six Sustainable Businesses

January 25, 2021 4 min read

Who Inspires Us: Resolutions from Six Sustainable Businesses

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” -John Quincy Adams


Over the last 15 years years, ChicoBag and To-Go Ware have worked hard to reduce single-use plastic and educate on the importance of using reusables, and we’re proud to have become a leader in sustainability. But we couldn’t do it alone: A big part of our success is due to the encouragement and example of others in this field. As the earth starts her next rotation, we’re grateful for renewed inspiration from other eco warriors committed to protecting the planet.


Here are a few of our top inspirers for 2021:


Khala & Company (Green America,  Plastic Pollution Coalition,  The Climate Collaborative, 1% for the Planet)


Their new year suggestion:

“‘True life is lived when tiny changes occur.’ -Leo Tolstoy⁠ Change is a key part of living a fulfilled life. You will always have the ability to change! Your New Year’s Resolution has the opportunity to help shape you into the person you want to become, no matter how big or small the goal is.”

 

Why we’re inspired:

Zero waste and plastic reduction is a journey. Small changes in your routine now will lead to great results over time.


4ocean (Certified B Corporation, 1% for the Planet, Ocean Positive)


Their new year suggestion:

“In order to reduce your personal plastic footprint, we encourage the clean ocean movement to lead by example. Making sure you have eco-friendly reusable items at the ready is the key to cutting down on unnecessary virgin plastics.”

 

Why we’re inspired:

It’s so tempting to hand over the 10 cents at the grocery store or say yes to plastic forks at the drive-through if you don’t have a reusable option handy. In 2021, we’re encouraging better planning to be more prepared! With a few reusable bags, forks, and face masks clipped to our cars and bags at all times, we can all more easily #effsingleuse on the go.


Belong Wine Co.(Climate Neutral Certified, 1% for the Planet)


Their new year commitment:

“This is not the year to get everything you want. This is the year to appreciate everything you have.”


Why we’re inspired:

We’ll be honest: 2020 reminded us of the fragility of life, and how important it is to continue to fight to protect our people and planet.


Vuori (Climate Neutral Certified)


Their new year commitment:

“Our mission is to create quality products for your pursuit of a happy life; empowering deeper connections with fitness, nature, creativity, and community. Guided by our values and the California lifestyle, we’re simply happier on a healthy planet. That’s why our approach to sustainability is fivefold, focused on the materials we work with, reduction of waste, offsetting 100% of our carbon footprint, social responsibility and community leadership.”


Why we’re inspired:

We agree with all of this! In particular, the community aspect: the best way to reach our goal of eliminating 34 billion single-use bags, utensils, and containers from our waterways and oceans by 2022 is by empowering a community of passionate, like-minded people to help us in this fight and choose reusables instead. Thank you!


Patagonia (Certified B Corporation, 1% for the Planet)


Their new year suggestion(an oldie, but our fav!): 

“This holiday season, I have an early New Year’s resolution for the sake of Planet Earth: let’s all become radical environmentalists. As individual consumers, the single best thing we can do for the planet is to keep our stuff in use longer. This simple act of extending the life of our garments through proper care and repair reduces the need to buy more over time—thereby avoiding the CO2 emissions, waste output and water usage required to build it.


Why we’re inspired:

“Radical environmentalism” is such a great phrase here because it’s backed up by a very simple ask: “keep our stuff in use longer.” At ChicoBag and To-Go Ware, we believe in creating high-quality, reusable totes, face masks and other products designed to last. Many of our customers have been using their ChicoBag products for 5, 10, even 15 years! This year, we’re continuing our commitment to produce reusable options you can “use longer” — and we’re inspired to look for ways to extend the life of our existing belongings.


Seek More Wilderness (Certified Climate Neutral)


Their new year commitment:

“Brendan Leonard over at @semi_rad publishes the same blog post year after year with a simple message: make this year the year of maximum enthusiasm. And we've been taking that to heart ever since we stumbled across it in 2012. However you make 2021 the year of maximum enthusiasm, we're stoked to share it with you and hang along for the ride.”

 

Why we’re inspired:

A fantastic reminder of why we do what we do and stay excited about our mission! 

 

This year, we hope you continue to look for inspiration all around you in your commitment to sustainability--and, in turn, encourage others to join the#effsingleuse journey. We’ll be right there with you!