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!
Tips for Bringing Mindfulness into Your Day While Doing Ordinary Things
Spring is a time of renewal, a time when we have the opportunity to look forward to the year ahead and plan, set goals and even dreams! Practicing mindfulness is a great way to stay calm and connected with yourself, which helps to keep you on your path. And here’s the thing, mindfulness can be practiced anywhere, while doing anything, and you don’t have to know how to meditate! Here are some tips for bringing mindfulness into your day while doing ordinary things.
New Year, New Giving Resolutions?
We know that lifestyle changes, even small ones, can make a big difference for the environment — and we do our part by shopping local, using nontoxic and sustainable products, conserving water, driving less, using reusables (our Urban Market Bags of course!), the list goes on … But this year when thinking “what else can we do,” we remembered that there are teams of dedicated organizations and people working tirelessly to move the needle with climate change and the environment, and they can use our support! So we turned to Charity Navigator to help us and thought we’d highlight our top six favorites for you. 🌎🧡
Get Into Nature with These Fall Decor Ideas
Outdoor gatherings have been the trend of 2021, but as the air cools and the fall season settles in, we begin to move our gatherings indoors. In the spirit of keeping the trend alive, we are looking for ways to bring the outdoors in! Utilizing elements from nature for table centerpieces and festive décor is not only refreshing and eco friendly (by eliminating the drive to a store and added packaging), but also free! How to get started? Head outdoors for inspiration. Or take a look at these natural fall decorating ideas to set you on your way.
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.
2017 Holiday Gift Guide
We have a winning gift equation for you to follow this year that will take your giving from a single gift to an entire experience... Urban Market Bags + [insert gift idea here] = extremely happy recipient Friends and family will be thinking of you all year long when they are on the go with their Urban Market Bags in tow. Pick up a pack (or two, or three) and start thinking up clever combinations to inspire memorable experiences. Or read on for our gift recommendations. Artisans, small businesses and sustainable practices were top of mind when selecting our holiday gift picks this year..
How to Win Thanksgiving | Table Decor & Fresh Recipes
Creativity and a little foraging go a long way this Thanksgiving. Set the table in style with materials from your craft drawer and goods from your local market to celebrate the best fall has to offer. We’ve been out and about collecting ideas to get your imagination flowing, so grab your Urban Market Bags and start planning.
5 Tips to Simplify Back-to-School
From moving bedtimes up to meeting new teachers, there is a lot of preparation that happens at the beginning of the school year. The key ingredient to success is a plan. We have some back-to-school tips for getting the kids more involved and enjoying the last few weeks of warm weather stress-free.