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I’ve struggled with the best way to schlepp my crap since Grace was born. At first, I carried my purse and the diaper bag. That was a pain, so I crammed my stuff into the diaper bag, but then the diaper bag was too small. So then I got that other diaper bag, which was trÃƒ¨s chic, but too big and far too heavy.
I got fed up with all of that and started carrying just a purse. It was much lighter and easier, but I was never prepared when Grace pooped in public. Back to square one. It was a vicious cycle.Ã‚
These days, I’m carrying a smallish tote bag with all of my stuff and Grace’s stuff inside. I love the tote because it’s got lots of pockets, and it’s just the right size. It’s gray with gray handles and is lined with that gorgeous apple green fabric over there.
Why am I telling you about my most recent tote bag, Dear Reader? Because I’m as in love with the company as with the bag.
This new bag is from a company called Ã‚ Act2GreenSmart. Act2GreenSmart is the new name of an established company called Shoreline. Why do they have a new name? Because they’ve retooled their entire bag-making process to make our world a little nicer.
Every bag in the Act2GreenSmart line is made from recycled plastic bottles. Did you know that a billion water and soda bottles are sent to landfills every day? Every single day, 365 days a year. Enough bottles to fill the Rose Bowl every two weeks. If Act2GreenSmart can make a bunch of those bottles into cute laptop bags and tote bags and purses, I’m all for it.Ã‚ (For the sake of honesty, you should know that the zipper and strap don’t come from recycled bottles.)Ã‚
If you’re a little nerdy like me, you might like to read about the whole plastic into polyester process. Read about it here. Fascinating.
Each bag even comes with a little sticker that tells how many bottles it took to make and how much energy was saved in the process.Ã‚ My little tote bag prevented ten 16-ounce PET bottles from sitting in a landfill for all eternity, and it saved enough power to run my laptop for 78 hours. woohoo!
That little shoulder bag is just the right size to shove inside that tote and pull out when I need just my stuff and not Grace’s. It was five 16-ounce bottles in its last incarnation. How cool is that?Ã‚
Act2GreenSmart has a whole line of bags, all made from recycled plastic bottles. You can get totes and shoulder bags, as I mentioned, but also laptop sleeves and jackets, messenger bags, and shoulder pouches. Christmas is coming, Dear Reader! The bags are good for the environment, reasonably priced, and will make great gifts, too!
Act2GreenSmart is going to give a free product of your choice to two of my Feels like home Dear Readers. Isn’t that awesome? In order to enter, please share your favorite tip for recycling or repurposing items to save the environment. No tip, no entry to the contest.Ã‚
I’ll choose two winners on September 30, 2008. One winner will be completely random (as chosen by a number generator online). The second winner will be the best tip shared (as chosen by Joe, who is unbiased and doesn’t know any of my Dear Readers).
Good luck! I can’t wait to see what you come up with.