Simple Steps, Big Impact - How We Can Protect Our Oceans
In honor of Earth Day this year, we’ve dug a little deeper into its meaning and origin. Turns out that its birth on April 22, 1970 marks the beginning of the modern environmental movement. Demonstrations in support of environmental awareness erupted nationally and by the end of that year marked the US government’s formation of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). By 2009, the United Nations validated “International Mother Earth Day,” and now today, 193 countries celebrate Earth Day worldwide
Chocolates We Can Feel Good About Giving — and Eating
We decided to do a little research on where to find the best gift chocolates and discovered that when it comes to sustainability and impact on the environment, not all chocolates are created equal. Fortunately, there are a good amount of chocolatiers out there, but here are our Top Five (in no particular order)!
UMB’s Sustainable and Chic Gift Guide
We are seeking sustainable, unique and chic this year so we’ve gathered some luxe gift ideas that are sure to delight! And for added efficiency while reducing wasteful packaging, gather a group together to go in on one special thing and wrap it in a UMB! 🧡
UMB's Eco-Friendly Camping Guide
As we head deeper into Summer 2022, travel seems to be the talk-track trend! And we at Urban Market Bags are hearing a whole lot of talk about camping travel. In honor of getting away and outdoors, we put together this Eco-Friendly Camping Guide so that you can enjoy the beautiful outdoors — without hurting them!
Seeking Quarantine Activities? These Websites Have You Covered!
While sheltering in place, we at Urban Market Bags have found some amazing online resources to help inspire and facilitate countless activities at home. From interests that you already may have to a host of new opportunities to explore, these websites have something for everyone.
Whats in the Bag: 20 Last Minute, Highly Useable, Eco-Minded Gifts
Here it is, the ultimate guide to last-minute gifts! A highly-curated list of extremely usable, easy to find, eco-friendly gifts that you can feel good about giving. It’s the thought that counts, but it doesn’t hurt to be extra thoughtful about your loved ones and the environment. Preview Html
Five Easy Ways to Show Your Gratitude for the Planet
Studies have shown that we can change our brain patterns after only eight weeks of gratitude practice, allowing us to feel greater happiness and empathy. This season, in acknowledgment of the tough impact we’ve had on the environment, we wanted to test this theory out and come up with some ideas to help us show gratitude for the planet. Trying to make a difference as an individual can be overwhelming, but we discovered that there are many small acts of gratitude that collectively can make a big difference. Find an idea that speaks to you, practice gratitude, experience happiness ... and inspire others along the way!
Sustainable Tailgating 101
Some would argue that the “pre-game” party is just as much fun as the game. Food, drinks and good company make tailgating a fabulous football tradition. Setting up shop outside of your home doesn’t mean you have to create waste. Urban Market Bags has some easy tips to make the most of your tailgate with sustainability in mind.
Earth Day 2019: Protect Our Species
It’s hard to ignore the facts. Humans are responsible for the greatest rate of extinction since we lost the dinosaurs. The far-reaching effects of human destruction have impacted all kinds of living things such as bees and insects, coral reefs, sea turtles, whales and countless others. This Earth Day, we’re taking a closer look at the some of the devastation we’re dealing with and how we can reverse the trend. Education is the first step. We checked out earthday.org to get up to speed.
Our Top Foodie Instagram Accounts That You Should Follow Now & Their Winning Super Bowl Recipes
Instagram has become our new go-to when we are in a little need of some kitchen inspiration. With the big game coming up this Sunday, we paid a visit to our top foodie Instagram accounts to see what they were cooking up. With so many options, we’re off to the store to fill our Urban Market Bags to the brim.
DIY: Edible Gifts
Pre-holiday shopping got you craving something different this year? Gift something from the heart, and better yet for the stomach! We have so many ideas, we’ll be gifting through the New Year. Edible gifts are especially great because you can make them in large quantities to have on hand for last-minute gatherings and those unexpected (but totally welcome) visits with friends and family. Pick your favorite recipe, pack your Urban Market Bags full of delicious gifts and you’ll be all set.
What's in the Bag: Our Favorite Cocktails, Mocktails, Natural Wines & Bar Cart Goodies
Let’s get dressed up and end this year with a bang! Festive drinks always get the party started and our top picks will please and impress. Plus we have recommendations for the best natural wines and why you will fall in love with them. Grab a glass and make the holidays cheerful, bright and most importantly, DELICIOUS.
Get Dad Grilling: The Best BBQ Gifts for Father’s Day
Get dad geared up for outdoor grilling this Father’s Day and reap the benefits all season long. Make sure dad has a solid grilling foundation and get him equipped with the basics or grab something extra special like a new spice rub and a cookbook to kick his skills up a notch. The one essential to include is a set of Urban Market Bags. Not only will dad be the most stylish shopper around, he’ll get major props for bringing enough bags to carry all his groceries and grilling supplies!
Sustainable Party Tips for your 4th of July Celebration
We love to celebrate the 4th of July! From fireworks, parades and bonfires to swim parties and barbecues, there are activities galore, and while festive, these activities can take a toll on the environment. Fortunately, there are ways to host a celebration and reduce the footprint without reducing the fun!
Earth Day 2018: The End of Plastic Pollution
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” —Margaret Mead The Earth Day Network, the organization that leads Earth Day worldwide, has dedicated Earth Day 2018 to ending plastic pollution. Their campaign will work to support a global effort to eliminate single-use plastics like shopping bags, straws and water bottles—things that get trashed way too often. So, what can you do? We’re breaking down the top three ways to reduce your day-to-day plastic consumption plus offering some other ideas to help reduce your carbon footprint. Tell us how you plan to contribute this year!
What's in the Bag: Fresh Spring Produce
Put on your rainboots, pick up your Urban Market Bags and prepare for the bountiful spring produce that’s on it’s way. We can’t get enough of the vibrant colors and crisp textures that start to appear around this time. Berries, cherries and beets, oh my! Our bags are bursting with goodies and we have some great ideas for what to do with them and how to pick the best of the best.
What's in the Bag: A Guide to Greens for Your Drinks
We love our greens. Essential to our beauty routine, nutritional needs and overall health state, consuming green vegetables is the number one way to nourish your body and fight off disease. Lucky for us, there are many ways to consume leafy greens and grasses including juicing them alongside some of their sweeter friends. If you haven’t dipped your toe in the juicing craze you might want to consider it. Vegetable juice gives you a power-packed shot of nutrients that would take days to consume otherwise. We’ve been having fun in the kitchen with our Omega Cold-Pressed Juicer and the endless recipe combinations that can be concocted. If this sounds interesting to you, we’ve got a few tips to get you started plus a breakdown of our favorite greens to turn into a delicious health promoting juice.
Homemade Beauty in 5 Ingredients or Less
Lately we’ve been going all natural when it comes be being au natural. Not only are we avoiding tons of ingredients we can’t pronounce (check out a list of the worst offenders) but we’re saving some big bucks while we’re at it. Read on for some of our favorite blogger home recipes and build your own DIY beauty arsenal to stay toxin-free. Oh ya, did we mention that every recipe is 5 ingredients or less? Grab your Urban Market Bags, take notes on some key ingredients below and head to the nearest natural food store.
What’s in the Bag: Romantic Ideas to WOW your Valentine (and give them a laugh)
“If I could rearrange the alphabet, I’d put U and I together.” “Are you a banana? Because I find you a-peel-ing.” “If you were on paper, you’d be what they call ‘fine print!’” All jokes aside, Valentine’s Day reminds us to treasure our loved ones and squeeze them tight. That doesn’t mean we can’t embrace the silly pick-up lines and over-the-top puns that make this cheesy holiday so grand. Here you’ll find a list of silly romantic phrases with some slightly more serious suggestions to show your loved ones how much you care.