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Friday, September 14, 2012

Eco-bags Review & Giveaway

Going to the store with 2 kids under 5 is hardly an amusement park ride. They want TONS of stuff, they cry, they whine, and try and throw tantrums.. so- we only go to the store once a week if I can help it. If you’re a mom- you absolutely KNOW what I’m talking about. They don’t act like this every time we go to the store- but I don’t WANT to have meltdowns in the store because they want everything they see.. AND they have issues riding in the cart for a long amount of time.

So, because we have to buy a ton of groceries at a time (trying to save money AND gas) we end up using a lot of bags. I usually save the plastic bags, and craft with them- but I have so many at the moment that I could probably craft with them everyday of the year and still have more. I dislike those plastic bags. Not only do they not break down but they can kill animals. SO- with that being said, I introduce to you Eco-bags.

Eco-bags doesn’t just offer reusable grocery bags, they do it with STYLE. They offer a wide variety of bags, so no matter what you’re style or where you’re going shopping- you WON’T miss a chance to be able to use one of these beauties. “ECO-BAGS® – the original reusable bag,eco-friendly products and environmental updates – since 1989.” So they were producing Reusables before reusables were really in. This makes a difference. They weren’t just following the trend, they are REALLY 100% eco-conscious and want all their customers to be as well.

When you go to the grocery store, do you bring your own bags or use the ones they provide? The little plastic bags are EVERYWHERE. “Over 1 trillion plastic bags are used every year worldwide.* That’s quite a lot of bags that don’t HAVE to be used.
The bags I ended up getting were the 3 pack produce bags, and the Tropical Assorted Totes
The produce bags are awesome. Now I don’t have to find a plastic bag station in the grocery store aisle.. I have tried to recycle the plastic ones and use them more than once, but they are just so thin that it is virtually impossible after the second use.

These are also great for the farmers market. Usually the market gives us their plastic bags (that they’ve saved from the grocery store) or the paper bags. Now when I pull these out, I feel so great about not having to try and find a way to recycle yet another plastic bag. It’s better to buy fruits and vegetables locally
The produce bags make it SO much easier. Now I can just get whatever I need- put it in the bags (and can even store the vegetables inside my refrigerator in the bags). The plastic bags make vegetables and fruits rot quicker… so not only am I saving the plastic from going to the landfill, but I’m saving myself money because my items are lasting longer!

These bags are made out of lightweight, natural cotton (not bleached or treated with anything) that barely weighs anything on the produce scale. They can be washed in cold water, hung out to dry and reused over and over..
I love that they are decorative as well as eco-friendly. One has red decorated fruits, and the others orange and green. They are all 3 different sizes: Large, Medium, and Small.

The Large one can be used for an entire bushel of apples or oranges, or for potatoes or cantaloupes. The medium one can be for a basket of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, or blueberries.. The smaller one can be for single items such as tomatoes, cucumbers, pears, or peaches. No matter what fruits or veggies you need; these bags are absolutely PERFECT!

They also have a drawstring on the top for closure, so that you aren’t just packing a bag that will spill what’s inside it. The closures also help to be able to hold it without it slipping out of you hands if you also had to get other groceries as well.

The Set of 5 assorted string bags are multi-tasking bags, When you’re heading to the grocery store- grab them, take them with you, and they make amazing grocery totes.

I love these bags and am glad that I never have to use a plastic produce bag again. You can buy the Tropical Assortment Totes 2 – 4 /$11.99, 5 – 9 /$10.99, 10 +/$9.99. As you buy more bags, the price goes down, which is a great thing!
Eco Bags - Organic Cotton String Bag- Tote
When I opened the package and seen the amazing colors and quality—I was stunned. These don’t just look like reusable grocery bags, these are STYLISH, colorful, and will make you want to use them for more than just grocery shopping.

These bags are easily compacted so they can be put inside a purse or a jacket pocket. They aren’t bulky and hard to take with you. I’ve had reusable  bags before, but they were never as fun as these are. They were also quite bulky in comparison to these, so I wouldn’t even remember to take them with me half the time.
ECOBAGS Classic String Bag Tropical Collection Tote Handles
I wasn’t taking them, so I was still bringing plastic grocery sacks home. Kind of defeated the purpose of having them in the first place. With these- they are easy to remember because I can keep them in the pocket of my purse at all times (all 5 of them).

AND these expand—they hold a TON of stuff.. They can max 40 pounds which is amazing for bag that isn’t a full blown tote. Because they are made of natural cotton, they are also great to take to the mall, the beach, or even walmart.

 I love that they offer not only a variety of colors, but they also have different sized handles. So no matter if you want a tote handle, so you can hang it from your shoulder and it hang by your side- or a shorter handle so you can have it up higher than your hip—they have it.
As Seen in Martha Stewart FOOD magazine
I definitely support Eco-BAGS effort to support local farms, as I am from Kentucky- and here there are a lot of farmer’s markets.

About the company:
“Eco-Bags Products, Inc. opened for business in 1989 with a simple goal; to produce quality bags at great prices so that “Reusable becomes a way of life.” We started with the Eco-BAGS® Brand Classic String Bag, a simple lightweight, expandable daily tote used in Europe for generations, long before paper and plastic bags.
We introduced our bags at the 1990 Earth Day celebration on Sixth Avenue in New York City. The bags were a hit. We sold out in four hours. Now, we carry a complete line of Eco-BAGS® Brand bags in natural and certified organic cotton, recycled cotton and hemp/cotton blends.
All of our canvas totes are available unprinted or custom printed for organizations and companies (minimums apply). ECOWEAVE® Brand Organic home goods and T-shirts are now available, too. Under the ECOWEAVE® Brand we produce organic cotton towels, loofah scrubbers and other home products.
Our T-Shirts are organic, hemp-cotton and recycled content, available to the trade unprinted or custom printed.

ECO-BAGS® Brand products can be found in many natural foods, gourmet, eco, grocery and drug stores. They are used as promotional tools and incentives for retailers, manufacturers and many nationally recognized non-profit organizations. Keep an eye on magazines and newspapers because ECO-BAGS®Brand bags are even starting to hit the world of fashion and accessories.”
Connect with Eco-bags on Twitter and facebook.

Use the code: 12Jess to get 15% off all web orders $30.00 or more
Does not apply to shipping.

Minimum order for discount to apply, $30.00.

Good today through 10/31/12

Disclosure: This isn’t a sponsored post, all products were sent for review  purposes purposes only. The opinions in this post are completely my own and not influenced in any way.

Thanks for dropping by, 



This post was written by:

Jess is the creator of Stylish Southern Mama + Southern Rambles. She is a freelance writer + designer, Social Media Marketer, and Journalist. She has 2 amazing kids, Aidan and Adisyn, and has been with their dad Adam for 12 years, and has 2 amazingly adorable dogs; Harley + Cheyanne! :)

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