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Environmental Initiatives

“Now is the time to act; now is the time to transform our world and to protect the lands and waters on which all life depends.”

– Nature Conservancy Annual Report, 2020

We’re proud that Blue Q’s donations support environmental initiatives, small and large, from monitoring the health of the river in our own backyard to preserving coral reefs in Indonesia. And we’re proud of the fact that Blue Q bags are made from 95% recycled material, turning used rice sacks and water bottles into beautiful, artful, useful objects.

One percent of the sale of every Blue Q bag supports environmental initiatives around the globe. Donations are shared quarterly among multiple groups, ranging from the Nature Conservancy, with its international scope, to the Housatonic Valley Association, which does work in Blue Q’s literal backyard. Total donations since 2009 have surpassed $550,000.

The Nature Conservancy is working to solve climate change and reduce biodiversity loss, supporting programs in 70 countries to reduce emissions, develop renewable energy, protect people and places, and conserve oceans and forests. 

The Housatonic Valley Association protects the natural character and environmental health of the Housatonic River watershed, from its source just north of Pittsfield to Bridgeport, CT, where it empties into Long Island Sound. The Housatonic flows behind Blue Q’s building in Pittsfield, which was built in 1919 as part of Eaton, Crane & Pike, a stationery manufacturer.

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