ECOBAGS Product Review and Giveaway

>> Thursday, January 28, 2010

Do you need a little extra nudge to complete last week's Switch to Cloth Bags challenge? I'm here to help!


ECOBAGS REVIEW

ECOBAGs generously sent me one free canvas tote for my review. When I pulled my tote out of the mailer, I did a little happy dance. After using those recycled plastic green bags from the grocery store for three years now, this bag feels so high quality and chic. It's huge! And strong! (And I'm a total dweeb for getting so excited about a bag...)

The sample I received is an organic cotton tote that says "Nothing on Me is Plastic." The photo does not do justice to how much this baby could hold (up to the equivalent of four or five plastic bags, according to the company). It's machine washable - you should periodically wash your cloth bags - and I love the extra long handles that can fit over my shoulder for easier carrying.

Packaging
  • As you can see from the top photo, my tote arrived in a UPS bubble mailer - not the ideal packaging, but my ECOBAGS contact assured me that typical orders are shipped "in a small cardboard box with rice-based peanuts" and that products are generally shipped via USPS. (My bag came in a bubble mailer because it was shipped from their public relations agency rather than an ECOBAGS warehouse.)
Materials
  • ECOBAGS are available in a variety of natural, organic and recycled fibers.
Manufacturing
Quality
  • One of the first things I noticed about my ECOBAG canvas tote was how strong it seems. Maybe it's just because I'm used to using those aforementioned recycled plastic bags from the grocery store that feel like you could punch a hole in them with your finger nail. The canvas material that the ECOBAG is made of feels very sturdy and long-lasting. My one criticism is that I think the handles could use some extra reinforcing stitches.
Affordability
  • The ECOBAG that I received for review costs $16 each online, which is pretty pricey for a cloth bag, but ECOBAGS carries products in a wide range of prices starting at about $5 for totes and $2.50 for produce bags. You can also get a good deal by buying one of the "E-Shopping Systems," starter kits with canvas, string, and produce bags.
Availability
  • According to their website, ECOBAGS are available in natural foods, gourmet, eco, grocery, and drug stores, and of course you can order them online.
Visit ecobags.com for more information and to purchase your own ECOBAGS!

GIVEAWAY

ECOBAGS is offering a produce bag set to one lucky reader of The Conscious Shopper!

This set includes three produce bags (small, medium, and large) made of unbleached, untreated cotton. The bags are ultra lightweight so they will barely register on the produce scale.

If you're ready to progress from Baby Steps to Jogging Stride, this set would be a great addition to your cloth bag collection!

To enter:
  • Leave a comment on this post with a tip for how you remember to take your cloth bags with you when you go shopping. If you're a recent convert to cloth bags, you can describe how you plan to help yourself remember your bags.
  • You can earn up to two extra entries by sharing this post on Facebook or tweeting it on Twitter and then leaving a comment for each thing that you do. This is completely based on the honor system, and remember that you should leave one comment for sharing it on Facebook and a separate comment for tweeting it on Twitter.
You have until next Wednesday, February 3rd to enter. I will announce the winner next Thursday. Good luck!

Comments are closed. The winner is....KaKi, who wrote:
I have been using cloth bags for several years now. I have one large canvas bag which I received free a long time ago which I use to store all my bags. I hang it over the passenger's head rest and that way it is visible to me and reminds me to pick it up. What I don't have and have been looking into are produce bags. so.....fingers crossed.....
Glad to help you get started with cloth produce bags, KaKi! Please email your address to consciousshopperblog [at] gmail [dot] com and I'll get those shipped write out to you.

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28 comments:

Anonymous,  January 28, 2010 at 4:07 AM  

Cloth bags are the best! I have one that is a permanent resident in my bag for small purchases, a bundle in the boot of the car for my fortnightly grocery shop, and I even managed to convince dh to put one in his work bag just in case. :)

Cath in Sydney

Elizabeth January 28, 2010 at 8:18 AM  

I store my bags in my car so I remember. When I'm going to the store- I crack open the trunk and toss my wallet into the bag. It becomes my purse and reminds me to use the bag. I have a couple GIANT bags but they would really like some little friends... :-)

Elizabeth January 28, 2010 at 8:20 AM  

I tweeted your giveaway!

DramaMama January 28, 2010 at 9:18 AM  

I use my bags like a purse too Elizabeth! Also, I have 2 little reminders who chime in when I forget - my kids =) "Bags Momma!" I have a couple of big ones also, but would love to check out the produce and bulk bags. Thanks for giving us a chance to win!

KaKi January 28, 2010 at 9:29 AM  

I have been using cloth bags for several years now. I have one large canvas bag which I received free a long time ago which I use to store all my bags. I hang it over the passenger's head rest and that way it is visible to me and reminds me to pick it up. What I don't have and have been looking into are produce bags. so.....fingers crossed.....

I am new to your blog and very impressed!! I can't wait to continue reading. I have some questions as well that I will post on the appropriate entry.

Thanks for the chance to win!!

KaKi January 28, 2010 at 9:32 AM  

I just linked your blog on my facebook! Hope it helps advertise your blog!!

KaKi January 28, 2010 at 9:36 AM  

Just tweeted you too! Can you tell I REALLY want these bags???? :-)

cpcable January 28, 2010 at 10:16 AM  

How do I remember my bags? Well, once I made the commitment to stop using disposable bags I really did stop using disposable bags. If I forgot my reusable bags, the only choice I allowed myself was to go without or to buy a new reusable bag at the store. This meant that I had to put back an item from that shopping trip in order to afford the additional bag. This was a huge incentive for me to slow down and remember my bags every time. Plus, through this process (and my inevitable forgetting along the way!) I collected a lot of bags, so there are always some in my car, by the door, etc.

-Courtney
http://alifesustained.blogspot.com

bashtree January 28, 2010 at 12:00 PM  

Oh, produce bags! I need some of those! Thanks for the quality review - I think I'm going to like this new feature!

When I use my grocery bags, I remember to take them to my car by leaving them on top of my purse. It's pretty easy to grab them and go! I am starting to get my husband in the habit of using these reusable bags, too. I save my 'manly' ones (as opposed to the pink and flowery ones) to go in his car :)

fresh365 January 28, 2010 at 3:40 PM  

Great giveaway! I honestly just leave mine in the trunk. It took me a few tries to remember but now it is just habit. Sometimes I get thrown off I go into a new store, but that’s rare. Also I have a pocket size folded bag in my purse…

Wonder-ful January 28, 2010 at 4:33 PM  

No twitter... so I'm facebooking this :)

-Ashley in CA

Wonder-ful January 28, 2010 at 4:36 PM  

For spur of the moment trips, I have a mid-sized bag that folds into itself (and gets stored in my purse).

But for most of our supply shopping, this requires a trip out of town (which doesn't happen as often as it use to). For those trips, I have larger reusable bags stored in another bag in the coat closet by my front door. I get my list together, go to grab my coat and voila! There are the big bags ready for the trip.

-Ashley in CA (and over at One Year, Second Chance)

The Raven January 29, 2010 at 2:32 PM  

I love the produce bags! How cute.

The way we got ourselves in the habit of carrying our bags was to charge ourselves $1 for every disposable bag we used. The money went to an environmental organization--on top of our regular donation. It is funny how much a financial incentives can work, even when you know the money is going to a good cause.

Lisa Sharp January 30, 2010 at 3:26 PM  

I've been needing more bulk bags. :)

I remember my bags for big shopping trips because we only shop once a month. I have all of them in one big bag with my coupons and everything I need for the trip.

For small trips I always have one in my purse and two in the car.

suzannah January 31, 2010 at 12:42 AM  

aren't the study ones so nice? especially for groceries. i love fitting a whole cart-worth in 3-4 bags.

our bags hang from a hook in our mudroom with the coats, and i almost always remember for the grocery store. i have a few flimsier ones in the car if i'm out and about.

would love to try the reusable produce bags!

Lina January 31, 2010 at 11:55 AM  

I put "take cloth bags" at the top of my grocery shopping list so that I remember. I have one master grocery list that I make my store lists from so its easy to remember to put that at the top of the lists. If I forget, I reuse the brown paper bag ones until they wear out and then they go into the compost and get "eaten" in about a month. I also stash the reusable bags in my car and in the diaper bag. I still manage to forget them at times but I'm working on it.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Dogfood Provider January 31, 2010 at 7:13 PM  

I take my bags back out to the car after I finish unloading groceries. It's just the final step in that process. Bags seem to migrate back inside all the time, though --how they do it is beyond me! -- so I also pick up the ones laying about the kitchen every time I take the recycling out.

Marissa January 31, 2010 at 8:54 PM  

I always have a couple of Envirosax in my hand bag. I keep bigger cloth bags in my car for grocery shopping. Remembering to bring a bag is like remembering to bring cash to make the transaction. It's a habit now!!
What I'm trying to remember now is to bring a glass container for leftovers if we eat out.

Lisa Sharp February 1, 2010 at 7:37 PM  

Not sure if this counts but I shared a link to a blog I wrote about the giveaway/challenge. It's on my blog facebook page-
http://www.facebook.com/retrohousewifegoesgreen

Paige February 1, 2010 at 8:43 PM  

I put my bags on a shelf beside the door so I see them on the way out, then take them back to the van on my next trip outside.

They've been SO handy to have in the van for things like fossils and apples beside the road, too, not just shopping! ; )

Nicole Bergman February 1, 2010 at 8:48 PM  

What a great giveaway! My New Years resolution was to make a green change each day of 2010 (http://www.GreenIn2010.blogspot.com) and one thing I haven't done yet is switch to reusable produce bags, so this would be perfect. My way of remembering a cloth bag is to leave one in the car or near my shoes!

nicoleangell@gmail.com

Farmer's Daughter February 1, 2010 at 9:07 PM  

I'd love to enter! I keep one in the car for impulse stops, one that rolls up and snaps together in my purse so I've always got it, and a bunch hanging in my pantry that I grab on the way out the door for a big shopping trip.

mudnessa February 1, 2010 at 11:31 PM  

I need produce bags badly. That is about the only plastic bags I bring in my home that should be easy for me to avoid. I have been meaning to get myself to the fabric store to make some of my own but that's just not going to happen any time soon.

I keep my cloth full size shopping bags in the car and the store I shop at give a 5 cent discount for each bag I use, that helps me remember them. I also have a fold up bag that I keep in my purse for when I run into a non-grocery store because for some reason I can't remember to bring in one from the car then.

Gene February 3, 2010 at 2:43 PM  

When I'm on my bike, I use the panniers for grocery shopping so it's hard to forget :-)

But for when we're in the car, we leave a couple of cloth bags behind the seat for unplanned trips to the store. So at most it's a trip out to the parking lot to get them.

carla | green and chic February 7, 2010 at 3:09 PM  

My bags are always in the back of the car. If I walk to the store, I alway have to bring my little cart me anyway and its natural for me to take the bags. I've rarely forgotten my bags before in the four years I've been taking them to the store.

carla(a)greenandchic(dot)com

carla | green and chic February 7, 2010 at 3:12 PM  

Tweeted: http://twitter.com/CarlaRose/status/8776958925

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