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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.

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Ten Things We Couldn’t Do During Quarantine … But Now Can!

As life outside of our home resumes, we have a much greater appreciation for all of the “little” things that we used to be able to do. Now that we are starting to be able to do them again, we are thinking about how to reincorporate sustainability into our mindset and actions.

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Tips for a Sustainable Household

This past year brought us closer to home (quite literally) and has helped us rethink some of our daily habits. Here are four tips for a sustainable household from our archives and like-minded friends.

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Sustainability Essentials

The start of a new year is the best time to revisit the basics and remind ourselves which foundational habits are important to maintain. Our daily commitment to impactful actions is what creates real change over the course of months and years. So, let's talk about sustainability essentials!

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Campaign to Save the Rain

It has been raining and pouring here in California (and, man, did we need it). As our lush landscape returns, we are reminded that water is essential to our being. The EPA estimates that about half of of municipal water use is devoted to landscaping and a third to residents’ home use. Harvesting rainwater is great way to conserve resources AND feed your hungry garden. Need more convincing?

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Spring Clean Your Habits: The Eco-Friendly Edition

Spring into action this season and make a pledge to create eco-friendly habits that will stick around for good. Don’t get overwhelmed. At Urban Market Bags, we’ve found that one small commitment is all it takes to tip the scale in the right direction.

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Chocolate Roundup

A bite of high-quality chocolate is like a sip of fine wine or the perfect pour over—a true work of art and an undeniably unique experience. We’re honoring a classic Valentine’s Day tradition this year by ditching the heart-shaped box for small-batch, craft chocolate made by passionate artisans.

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2017 Trends in Health & Wellness

What does the wellness forecast look like this year? We’re looking to some tried-and-true methods to maintain a healthy and happy lifestyle.

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Five Tips for an Eco-Friendly Holiday

Let's face it, the holidays can be overwhelming. With all the chatter, it's easy to lose sight of some important issues such as making sustainable and eco-friendly choices. We've come up with a few ways you can cut back and conserve while celebrating in style.

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Dirty Politics: Decoding California’s Proposed Plastic Bag Ban

California voters chose to uphold the first statewide ban on single-use plastic or paper carryout bags this week, setting a precedent for other states to follow. This is a momentous step toward reducing waste and protecting the environment. Way to go, California! In case you are rushing to the polls and don’t have time to brush up on the California ballot measures, Urban Market Bags has you covered when it comes to plastic bags. Here is what you need to know about Proposition 65 and Proposition 67.

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Businesses with a Fresh Spin on Sustainability

Life is busy, but making sustainable choices doesn't need to be a hassle. We covet these brands and products which make going green easy.

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#whatsinyoururbanbag: Summer Beauty Haul

Slowly but surely, we're ditching the chemically-laden beauty products we've used for years and replacing them with their less harmful, and just as effective, counterparts. No, we're not perfect (ahem...aerosol...ahem), but we are taking a step in the right direction. As we look forward to a summer full of adventures, we know getting dolled-up will be taking a backseat. Simplicity is key and also helps keep our suitcases light. Tucked away in one of our Urban Market Bags, here are a few of our favorite summer beauty finds to complement your natural glow.

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Our Milestones <3

Since we launched in April of 2014, it’s fun to look back and see where we’ve been and how we’ve launched into the fight against plastic bags!

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Can We Be Empathetic to Plastic?

We admit, there have been times when we’ve felt judgmental about people who use plastic. We thought “come on world, GET ON BOARD! We have a plastic island twice the size of Texas in our ocean! Wake up!”

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No Plastic, It’s the Lifestyle

Thank you Hawaii, the first state to officially ban plastic bags. After spending time on the Big Island in Kona, it’s easy to understand why the locals are so accepting and supportive of anti-plastic bag legislation. It’s their lifestyle. Many signs on the island express statements like “leave the sand, it’s the local way” or “do your part to preserve the island” as a reminder of how important it is to honor the Earth’s beauty. And Hawaii makes it easy. There are compost and recycle bins on most busy corners. The streets and beaches are well-kept. Everyone does his or her part to maintain the pristine land. And now, the plastic bag ban. Because of this heightened consciousness, we were moved to avoid all unnecessary plastic, paper and other disposable materials during our stay on the island. Instead of considering the ban of plastic bags as a burden, it’s celebrated and embraced. We get it—as you walk along the beaches and consider the garbage that ends up in the ocean, it’s a tragic injustice to sea animals and the environment—and we commend Hawaii for this bold and critical move.

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A Side of Sweet working with us!

A few weeks back, we connected with one of our favorite bloggers, Kelly Egan from A Side of Sweet...

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