In a (completely unofficial) poll taken at PeaceKeeper, we discovered three reasons why we think reusable shopping bags are awesome:
1) They’re an easy and inexpensive way to be eco-friendly.
2) They can carry anything (and we mean ANYTHING) you need them to.
3) They’re adorable, in that hippie-chic, I’m-saving-the-environment-and-I-look-darn-good-doing-it way.
Since their 2005 debut, these bags haven’t just been saving the environment; they’ve been feeding children around the world. With each bag purchased, the FEED Foundation donates to the United Nations World Food Programme. The foundation has raised over 5 million dollars in the past five years alone—that’s funding for over 55 million meals!
The latest FEED bags are a collaboration with NEST, a non-profit organization that empowers female artists and artisans with loans, mentoring, and an online marketplace for their products. The bags (in vibrant colors and prints, a reflection of Guatemala’s vibrant culture) were designed by Ms. Bush and crafted by female artisans in Guatemala operating under microfinance loans; as the bags are sold, NEST uses the profits to provide more loans for other women in need.
These bags will be sold exclusively at FEED’s official website and in-store at Lord and Taylor. For the small zippered pouch ($19), $3.50 will be donated to UNICEF—enough to provide a year’s sustenance for one Guatemalan child. For each large tote sold ($39), FEED will donate $10.50, which will provide sustenance for three children for a year.
Chronic malnutrition is the cause of 50% of deaths in children under 5 years of age. By purchasing a FEED bag, you can help these children to grow up stronger and healthier!
The PeaceKeeper Team
(Writer: Renee Estey. Editors: Jessica Smith and Eva Kuhn. All pictures