Sunday, December 04, 2011

"Bag It! Don't Leave Home Without It In 2012" Giveaway Event Sponsor: Farmtown Totes

One of the major changes my family has made this past year was bringing reusable bags when shopping for groceries, clothes, toys, etc. - name it, we've brought it!  I love knowing that I did my part in not bringing home plastic or paper bags.

"We recycle what we can and try to leave the environment cleaner than when we found it."  That is the thinking behind Julie Spon and her family.  Living in a small farm town in Oregon, Julie takes used materials such as feed bags and sacks and upcycle them into remarkable reusable totes.  These large, sturdy, and durable bags can be found at Farmtown Totes on Etsy.  I'm a huge fan of handmade upcycled products, so when I came across this shop during my Etsy browsing, I contacted Julie right away.

The first bag I received was a colorful and light-weight messenger bag.  The bag itself is not as wide in depth as the market totes, but since the walls are conformable to whatever you decide to carry, you can seriously put about as much in there as you could in a tote.  I had been using this bag, believe it or not, as a diaper bag.  I've been able to carry my tri-fold wallet, cell phone, small make-up (aka medicine cabinet) bag, wipes pouch, 3-4 cloth pocket diapers, wet (diaper) bag, nursing cover, burp cloth and light blanket, my two older kids' sunglasses, a couple of Hot Wheels cars, coloring book and crayon box, and small teether toys.  Not once did the bag feel heavy or bulky.  It feels natural around my body and hangs comfortably by my side.  Definitely a great new eco-friendly accessory to my closet!

The next item I was sent to review for the event is a large reusable market tote made from a used dog food bag.  Now this one has definitely started up random conversations at the store.  "What kind of a dog do you have?"  "Does this really hold groceries?"  "Is the inside clean?"  My answers? Corgi/Shar-Pei mix.  Yes.  And yes.  Both bags were entirely clean and had no lingering smells. Also durable and sturdy, this bag has been my go-to grocery bag for meats and heavier items. You can easily use these totes to hold books or laundry, pack a picnic lunch, or double as gift bags.

I just love how these bags are repurposed and have bright colorful designs.  Both bags have strong nylon straps and have been previously flattened and ironed, assisting with keeping the stiff sides open during loading and unloading.  The bag person at my local store loves this bag!

Check the Etsy shop to see the different kinds of wine bags you can choose from to gift wrap your favorite bottles this holiday season.  Unique and green - the perfect combo!

Come back here on Tuesday, December 6, to enter to win a market tote to keep for yourself or to share with someone else.

The Green House Disclosure:  I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.  The products(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review.  All opinions expressed in this review are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation.



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