ECOBAGS® Issues Earth Day Challenge

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With Earth Day rapidly approaching, ECOBAGS® has a challenge for the shoppers of America - the company knows not everyone can convert to solar heating, buy a hybrid car, or begin a major composting effort in this short time, but each American can replace at least one plastic bag with a cloth alternative when they visit the store. Just one reusable bag can eliminate 1,000 plastic bags over its lifespan.

If you do just one thing for the environment this Earth Day

90 billion plastics bags are used by Americans annually. Worldwide, an estimated 4 billion plastic bags end up as litter each year. Tied end to end, that's enough to circle the earth 63 times. ECOBAGS® wants to convert the plastic bag-users of the world one step -- and bag -- at a time. By substituting plastic shopping bags with the ECOBAGS® the average shopper can save a small corner of the planet.

With Earth Day rapidly approaching, ECOBAGS® has a challenge for the shoppers of America -- the company knows not everyone can convert to solar heating, buy a hybrid car, or begin a major composting effort in this short time, but each American can replace at least one plastic bag with a cloth alternative when they visit the store. Just one reusable bag can eliminate 1,000 plastic bags over its lifespan.

Participants are encouraged to document the experience, send the company an e-mail, blog about it, or send a photo or video. The ECOBAGS® blog is Going Green is Easy (http://gogreen.squarespace.com/). Sharon Rowe, CEO, will choose the three entrants who best describe their "conversion" experience and award a complete ECOBAGS® Eco-System to those savvy consumers.

Sharon Rowe created ECOBAGS® in 1989 to produce functional, fashionable reusable cloth bags that would help eliminate the myriad plastic shopping bags every household has under their sink at any given time.

At that time and even 10 years later, recycling, composting, and ecologically sound were just buzz words that the "tree-huggers" used. But not any more -- combine the efforts of Al Gore, Leonardo DiCaprio and other hot celebs along with efforts in the schools and the message is clear -- get with recycling and reusing or else.

"If you do just one thing for the environment this Earth Day," says Rowe emphatically, "You will make an impact locally and globally."

ECOBAGS® are available in natural and certified organic cotton, recycled cotton and hemp/cotton blends. The entire line is available at http://www.ecobags.com and through selected retailers nationally. ECOBAGS® cloth bags and other home items and apparel are fair wage/fair labor-produced.

Editor's note: reproducible photos can be found at http://www.ecobags.com/Press/Press-Images.

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Marijane Funess            

914.773.4225

Ann-Marie Nieves

914.461.4360

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