>> 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 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.
- 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.)
- ECOBAGS are available in a variety of natural, organic and recycled fibers.
- All ECOBAGS are certified fair wage/fair labor by SKAL in the EU which meets the Global Organic Textile Standards. You can read more about ECOBAGS stand on social responsibility here.
- 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.
- 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.
- According to their website, ECOBAGS are available in natural foods, gourmet, eco, grocery, and drug stores, and of course you can order them online.
GIVEAWAYECOBAGS 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!
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.
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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