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Meet Our Team! Plus, Our Brooklyn Summer Picks ☀️

We’re so excited to be vaccinated and getting back on the streets of Brooklyn this summer! Meet our team and check out some our local recommendations for your next trip to NYC! 

Rachel’s picks include their family favorite restaurant for birthday dinners, Piccoli, and fresh fish and sushi from Fjord Fish Market both in Park Slope. Then enjoy a mini “getaway” in the city to Governor’s Island!

Yesenia recommends grabbing an arepa and cocada from Guacuco with locations in Bed-Stuy or Bushwick! If you’re looking to add to your houseplant collection you can also stop by Little Shop Of Soil, also in Bushwick. Top your day off with a potluck picnic in Brooklyn Bridge Park!

For the best sourdough in the city Michael suggests swinging by Winner bakery in Park Slope. Fishermen can take the Q down to Sheepshead Bay for gear at Bernie’s Bait & Tackle. His favorite fishing spot? Valentino Pier in Red Hook!

Kelsey recommends Pilar for good eats in Bed-Stuy – be sure to stop by their bakery next door for dessert! While your in the neighborhood pick up a beautiful bouquet from Brooklyn Blooms too. For a beach day hop on the NYC Ferry to the Rockaways!

Posted on June 22nd, 2021 by Maptote

Staying Green In 2021

Maptote was built on the simple concept of creating reusable cotton totes to be used everyday. As our company has grown, we have made a commitment to producing our products in the USA, and maintain a relationship with the small, local manufacturers in our community. In the past year we’ve transitioned to using 100% recycled poly mailers for our retail shipments, as well as reduced plastic in our product packaging. We of course know our work is not done and continually strive to make improvements that benefit our customers, as well as planet earth! 

This year, we eliminated plastic packaging from our baby one pieces! We are always looking for ways to introduce better, biodegradable packaging – moving forward we are looking to use more alternatives to bubblewrap in our fragile shipments.

From the beginning, we’ve worked to source US cotton as well as work with local factories to cut, sew, and print our products. We have the privilege to visit our manufacturers often and keeping it local means lower fuel consumption and emissions.

The inspiration for Maptote was discovered 15 years ago, when Michael and Rachel went on our their first international trip together to Germany. In 2006, Germany had already banned plastic bags when this concept was still uncommon in the states. They collected many of these cotton bags from grocery stores on their trip, but when they returned wanted an eco-friendly option for their own city. Soon after, Maptote – and the Brooklyn Grocery Tote – was born!

As we’ve grown, and continue to grow, we always appreciate your feedback on how we can make our products and packaging better for you and the planet! 

Posted on April 21st, 2021 by Maptote

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