As I’m sure you’re well aware, plastic bags are like, so 5-minutes ago (sorry, I watched Clueless today…). Anyway, not only do plastic bags look tacky, but each one, from production to destruction, is killing our planet! That’s why I love the new BYOB (bring your own bag) trend that’s taking over on the East and West Coasts. Not only is it an excuse to buy a new bag, it’s a statement to those in line with you that you care about the planet. Part of It has a cute selection of versatile canvas bags that are sure to turn heads.
Founded in 2007 by Christopher Sleboda and Kathleen Burns, Part of It works with artists to create products for causes they are passionate about. Sales from products benefit charities chosen by the artists. Part of It stems from Christopher and Katheleen’s belief that artists (and conscientious consumers) can make a positive difference in the world by supporting causes close to their heart. Expressions of protest, simple declarations, and moving graphics that encourage conversation and dialog are all ways to enter into and encourage civic discourse. Part of It believes activism can be fun, personal, beautiful and engaging. They believe that we can all play a part in making a better world for ourselves, for our communities, and for future generations.
The causes, charities, and nonprofits selected by artists are the heart of Part of It. Whether local, regional, or international, the work of these organizations targets issues that matter to the artists. Consumers are another part of this equation. When you purchase a product, your money goes to supporting the cause and to continuing the Part of It project. We encourage you to learn more about the organization that benefits from your purchase and support them directly.
Part of It currently supports these worthy causes:
- The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)
- The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo
- The ASPCA (the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals)
- The Fresno Arts Council (FAC)
- The International Dyslexia Association
- NARSAD: The Mental Health Research Association
- The Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
- The New York Public Library
- RightRides For Women’s Safety
Seriously, how often can you: buy a new bag/ t-shirt, make a difference to a worthy organization and make a statement all the same time? The best part? You can do it all for around $20. Enjoy!