ConservingNow.com Envirosax Bag Review & Giveaway 1/20 US/CAN

By now I am sure that you are aware of the fact that I am pretty green when it comes to living. It only hit me about a year ago and since then I have made a switch to everything reusable, chemical-free and organic. I love that there are so many choices now when it comes to reusable bags. Yes, you might have to invest $8 into one, but it’s worth it. They are durable, convenient and way better looking than the in-store sold ones, the ugly ones with huge store logos.

Review

Let me introduce you to ConservingNow.com. They are committed to reduce the use of plastic bags and educate people like me as to why that needs to be done. They specialize in reusable cloth bag kits and recently added Envirosax designer bag series to their shop.

For my review, I chose a funky looking Envirosax Mikado 1 bag. It was a hard decision as all designs in stock were beautiful. I went with color red as it usually goes with anything you are wearing. I have a variety of cool reusable bags now and each has its positives and negatives. What I love about this one is the way it’s wrapped. It has wraparound strings and all you have to do is fold it and clip the strings together. I found with other bags that taking them out of little pouches and  stuffing them back is actually a lot of work and if you don’t take your time to do it right, you will end up with a very wrinkly bag. Thus so far in my adventures, I give Envirosax 10/10 for their wrapping system. Now let’s get down to the bag itself. It is a perfect size (19.5″ x 16.5″) and will hold up to 44lbs. That’s more than enough for a quick trip to the store. My only negative with this bag are the straps, I wish they were a bit longer for easier carrying on the shoulder. Since I always walk with the stroller, I need my bags to hang low behind my back so I can have a better control of the stroller. If that makes any sense :)

ConservingNow also realizes that while most people do have reusable bags and do want to use them – they tend to forget them at home or in the car. I also have this problem and always thoroughly scream at myself (in my head) at the cashier counter when I realize that the bags are in the car and I have to pay $0.05 for each plastic bag. That’s why ConservingNow has developed a sticker to attach to your car that basically says “Don’t forget your bags”. Over 100,000 of their members have received a sticker and they all say that it does help them to remember to bring their bags. The stickers are FREE and you can go here to request them. I will be getting one for myself as well.

Another point I have to mention is the fact that ConservingNow uses 100% of sponsorship proceeds and product profits toward funding classroom kits for schools. I thought that this is incredible for them to think first of educating kids in schools about the impact of plastic bags on the environment over themselves. I wish more companies would follow their lead.

Almost forgot to mention, reusable bags seem to be the new “it” gift wrap. I think that’s an awesome idea. Instead of wasting gift paper which will be going in the garbage, you can give a person something useful. I would not mind at all if someone gave me a present in a reusable bag. 

Here are some interesting facts about plastic bag consumption I found at ConservingNow.com.

Plastic Bag Consumption Facts

In the United States:

  • According to the Environmental Protection Agency, over 380 billion plastic bags, sacks and wraps are consumed in the U.S. each year.
  • According to The Wall Street Journal, the U.S. goes through 100 billion plastic shopping bags annually. (Estimated cost to retailers is $4 billion).
  • Four out of five grocery bags in the U.S. are now plastic.
  • The average family accumulates 60 plastic bags in only four trips to the grocery store.

Worldwide:

  • A person uses a plastic carrier bag on average for only 12 minutes.
  • On average we only recycle one plastic bag in every 200 we use.
  • Each year, an estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide. That comes out to over one million per minute. Billions end up as litter each year.
  • Windblown plastic bags are so prevalent in Africa that a cottage industry has sprung up harvesting bags and using them to weave hats, and even bags. According to the BBC, one group alone harvests 30,000 per month.
  • According to David Barnes, a marine scientist with the British Antarctic Survey, plastic bags have gone “from being rare in the late 80s and early 90s to being almost everywhere.” Plastic bags have been found floating north of the Arctic Circle near Spitzbergen, and as far south as the Falkland Islands. Source: British Antarctic Survey
  • Plastic bags are among the 12 items of debris most often found in coastal cleanups, according to the nonprofit Center for Marine Conservation.

Plastic Bag Environmental Impact Facts

  • Plastic bags don’t biodegrade, they photodegrade – breaking down into smaller and smaller toxic bits contaminating soil and waterways and entering the food web when animals accidentally ingest them.
  • A plastic bag can take between 400 to 1,000 years to break down in the environment.
  • Plastic bags cause over 100,000 sea turtle and other marine animal deaths every year when animals mistake them for food.
  • Plastic bags are among the 12 items of debris most often found in coastal cleanups, according to the nonprofit Center for Marine Conservation.
  • Nearly 90% of the debris in our oceans is plastic.

Giveaway Prize:
One lucky winner will receive an Envirosax bag of their choice (RV $7.99)

How to enter: 
- Leave your e-mail address in every comment or make it visible in Blogger 
- Complete the mandatory entry and leave a separate comment for each bonus entry

MANDATORY entry

- visit ConservingNow and let me know which Envirosax you would chose if you won (by name)

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- tweet (1 time per day) - #Giveaway @mysecrethome & @conservingnow - Envirosax Reusable Bag – US&CAN Ends 1/20 http://bit.ly/gkG2h9 (leave direct link)
- grab my button & tell me where I can find it

Rules:
This giveaway is open to residents of USA & CANADA and will end on January 20, 2010 at 11:59PM PST. The winner will be determined randomly via random.org. The winner will have 48 hours to respond back or another winner will be chosen.

Disclosure: I did not receive any compensation to write this post. I received a free product mentioned above in order to provide my honest opinion. I am in no way responsible for shipping of the prize.

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  1. Glogirl says:

    I may choose the Envirosax – La Boheme Bag1.

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  11. gibberish says:

    The Envirosax La Boheme Bag1 would be my choice.

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  12. CJ says:

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  20. Soozle says:

    I would pick the Bloom Bag 4

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  22. Tara Oliver says:

    wow, I didn't think about plastic sacks before…..huh. I love the designs. I'd pick Envirosax Kids Bag – Jessie & Lulu for my kids.
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  30. Rachel R. says:

    mandatory: I kept changing my mind and liking each one more than the next, but I decided on this one – Botanica Bag 3

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  37. xmd5 says:

    i choose Bring Your Own Bag Organic Cotton Tote

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  45. eclairre says:

    I like the Botanica Bag 3.

  46. Erin says:

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