Review and Giveaway

>> Tuesday, May 25, 2010

We've talked a lot this year about reducing our trash by switching from disposables to reusable products. As I've mentioned, I was recently invited to become an ambassador for to continue promoting a lifestyle of reuse. Before I signed on for this, I put a lot of thought into whether or not is a brand I want my name attached to, and I spent several hours perusing their site. Here's what I found: Review began in 2003 as, offering high quality cloth shopping bags to help people move away from disposable plastic grocery bags. Their product line quickly expanded to reusables in general and now includes bottles, lunchbags, cloth towels, toothbrushes, Diva Cups, and much more. They are a leader in their industry and have established themselves as a go-to source for information on reducing consumption of disposable products.

In case you missed my past posts on, here are a few of their products that I bought recently:

What makes a great company?

  • According to their website, strives "as a company to continually reduce our eco impact. We consciously reduce the amount of packaging it takes to get your order to you with no damage whatsoever to items. Our boxes are made with 40-60% recycled content and we always choose the smallest one for each order. Whenever possible, we opt for envelopes over boxes we’ve replaced bubble wrap with recycled paper packaging. All packaging we use is recyclable and we never use those nasty packing peanuts"
  • seeks out high quality materials and sustainable fabrics, both for their own line of shopping bags and for the other products in their store. To answer concerns some of their customers have had, they've written FAQ pages on BPA, lead, and synthetic materials that I think are worth perusing. They also provide a Materials Glossary as a guide to some of the sustainable materials and fabrics used in products they carry.
  • manufactures their own ACME bag line in accordance with Fair Labor/Fair Trade practices and they seek to carry products that were also manufactured fairly.
  • was awarded Green America's People's Choice Award in 2007 and 2009 and was a top 10 nominee in 2006. Green America is one of my favorite organizations and holds very high standards for companies in their network.
  • was also a BizRate Circle of Excellence Gold Honoree for customer satisfaction and is a member of 1% for the Planet.
  •'s products range in affordability, but they make it easy for you to shop in your price range by enabling you to search by price or sales.
Visit for more information.

Giveaway is offering a $25 gift certificate to one reader of The Conscious Shopper. Here's how to enter:
  • Tell me one (or more!) products in's store that you'd love to own.
  • 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 each comment is a separate entry.
You have until next Monday, May 31st to enter. I'll randomly select a winner and announce the results next Tuesday. Good luck!

This contest has ended. The winner was Abbie - congratulations!

You have hereby been challenged to go green in a year without going broke! Check out the last challenge, or view the whole list of Challengicious Mondays. Sign up for my RSS feed, follow me on Twitter, and join my "Go Green without Going Broke" group on Facebook!
  • Disclosure: I am an ambassador for Check out my About page for more info on what that means and always remember to be a Conscious Shopper.


Karly May 25, 2010 at 9:53 AM  

I would love to win a set of to-go ware utensils.

Karly May 25, 2010 at 9:54 AM  

I also tweeted about this:

Karly May 25, 2010 at 9:55 AM  

And *drumroll* I also posted it on my facebook page:!/kpvelez

Church Lady Chronic-ails May 25, 2010 at 11:15 AM  

A Nalgene 32 oz reusable safe plastic bottle would really come in handy as I drink a lot of water through the day and I am on the go. The bottle looks easy to clean, and holds a good amount. It will fit nicely in my purse or garden bag. My daughters have used Nalgene products for years, I'm catching up.

Bonnie May 25, 2010 at 1:55 PM  

Thanks for the tip about this store - I hadn't heard of them. I would definitely use the reuseable one-cup coffee filter. I make a single cup of coffee every morning--so that's one filter used and thrown out every day of my life, two on the weekends. I use the nonbleached filters, but still -it's certainly waste that could be eliminated.

Environmental Soul May 25, 2010 at 2:14 PM  

I would love to have a few of the produce bags.

Condo Blues May 25, 2010 at 2:34 PM  

I would love the filtered iced tea straws. I make iced tea with mint from my garden. I can't always strain all of the mint leaves out and end up swallowing mint leaves by mistake.

Jodi May 25, 2010 at 6:13 PM  

I could use the stainless steel straws for the kids.

Three Little Brown Kids May 26, 2010 at 4:37 PM  

Reuseit snack bags for all those pretzels my kids eat!

Jasmin May 26, 2010 at 8:05 PM  

I would love some of those Fresh Snack Pack sandwich bags - I've felt guilty lately for the amount of plastic baggies my family goes through...

Jasmin May 26, 2010 at 8:17 PM  

And, sorry about posting this really long link, but here's my facebook props:

If I tweeted, I would tweet it as well!

Laura,  May 28, 2010 at 10:03 AM  

I've been thinking about getting a Klean Canteen or the cloth bags.

abbie May 29, 2010 at 8:57 AM  

Oh, thanks for this wonderful website. As i am thinking about teacher thank-you gifts, and upcoming birthday presents, oh, and father's day! this site will definitely come in handy. I like the Glass Water Bottle with the cool Silicone Sleeve by Lifefactory. I just love their cool poka dotted look.

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