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Schlepping my crap around

I like bags. Purses, totes, shoulder bags, messenger bags. I like 'em all. It makes me happy to schlepp my crap around, you know?
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 très 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. 
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  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. (For the sake of honesty, you should know that the zipper and strap don't come from recycled bottles.) 
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. 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? 
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. 
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.

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40 thoughts on “Schlepping my crap around”

  1. I love using Recycle Bank. I get “credit” for the amount of recycling I do so any paper/plastic/etc… waste I generate gets turned into rewards for my family.

  2. I love using Recycle Bank. I get “credit” for the amount of recycling I do so any paper/plastic/etc… waste I generate gets turned into rewards for my family.

  3. I like to buy 2 Sunday papers each week for the coupons in them. After about a month I have quite a stack of newspapers, so I donate them to our local pet store for the puppies.

  4. I like to buy 2 Sunday papers each week for the coupons in them. After about a month I have quite a stack of newspapers, so I donate them to our local pet store for the puppies.

  5. I guess I’ll have to count on the random drawing, because the above tips are great! My tip that I love is using reusable shopping bags. I even used them as tote bags on our last road trip, so they are good for more than just shopping!

  6. I guess I’ll have to count on the random drawing, because the above tips are great! My tip that I love is using reusable shopping bags. I even used them as tote bags on our last road trip, so they are good for more than just shopping!

  7. I use the craigslist free section and freecycle a lot to get rid of things I dont want/need/no longer use and to get things that I do want/need. I also yard sale a lot, especially for kids clothes. You can find new or gently used clothes at yard sales for cheap. Babies grow so quick anyway, so there is no need to spend a ton of money for them to wear something a few times. When my child grows out of the clothes…they go back on freecycle and are generally taken by someone else who can use them within the same day. This helps to cut back on waste, but also saves money.

  8. I use the craigslist free section and freecycle a lot to get rid of things I dont want/need/no longer use and to get things that I do want/need. I also yard sale a lot, especially for kids clothes. You can find new or gently used clothes at yard sales for cheap. Babies grow so quick anyway, so there is no need to spend a ton of money for them to wear something a few times. When my child grows out of the clothes…they go back on freecycle and are generally taken by someone else who can use them within the same day. This helps to cut back on waste, but also saves money.

  9. When our lab was a puppy he needed lots of play time and chew time. I would take empty juice containers, put a few treats inside and give them to him to play with. The noise and challenge of getting a treat really entertained him. It also saved us fom having to buy so many expensive dog toys that wouldn’t last more than a month.

  10. When our lab was a puppy he needed lots of play time and chew time. I would take empty juice containers, put a few treats inside and give them to him to play with. The noise and challenge of getting a treat really entertained him. It also saved us fom having to buy so many expensive dog toys that wouldn’t last more than a month.

  11. Empty Kleenix boxes in our house lately are repurposed into The.Coolest.Toys.Around for my 16 month-old. He loves to put stuff in and pull it back out. So, we’re not really cutting down on the tissues we use, but it does cut down on the cheap plastic toys we buy!

  12. Empty Kleenix boxes in our house lately are repurposed into The.Coolest.Toys.Around for my 16 month-old. He loves to put stuff in and pull it back out. So, we’re not really cutting down on the tissues we use, but it does cut down on the cheap plastic toys we buy!

  13. We had a bunch of towels that were really getting ratty and not that great to dry off with (plus they were a little smaller than I like my bath towels to be!) so I tore them into quarters and use them for cleaning rags instead of paper towels! It works really well =)

  14. We had a bunch of towels that were really getting ratty and not that great to dry off with (plus they were a little smaller than I like my bath towels to be!) so I tore them into quarters and use them for cleaning rags instead of paper towels! It works really well =)

  15. My tip was to use reusable shopping bags – but it was already taken! I do, however, use empty baby wipe containers for a myriad of purposes: to organize my numberous sticks of free deodorant, to store napkins & silverware when we go camping, and to store Box Tops for Education for the kids, just to name a few.

  16. My tip was to use reusable shopping bags – but it was already taken! I do, however, use empty baby wipe containers for a myriad of purposes: to organize my numberous sticks of free deodorant, to store napkins & silverware when we go camping, and to store Box Tops for Education for the kids, just to name a few.

  17. I use cloth diapers on my Clorox Ready Mop instead of the Clorox mop pads (which are made from plastic). All I have to do is toss the diaper into my next load of laundry and it’s ready to be used again! I also make my own non-toxic mopping solution and refill the bottle that came with my mop.

  18. I use cloth diapers on my Clorox Ready Mop instead of the Clorox mop pads (which are made from plastic). All I have to do is toss the diaper into my next load of laundry and it’s ready to be used again! I also make my own non-toxic mopping solution and refill the bottle that came with my mop.

  19. We use cloth napkins/towels instead of keeping paper napkins and towels in the house. A little more laundry but a little less paper (not to mention it cut down on the shopping bill)

  20. We use cloth napkins/towels instead of keeping paper napkins and towels in the house. A little more laundry but a little less paper (not to mention it cut down on the shopping bill)

  21. All of my children’s clothes are handed down to a friend and my youngest only wears hand me downs. I use old cloth diapers for my cleaning-the are super absorbant! Holly bhc-law(at)juno(dot)com

  22. All of my children’s clothes are handed down to a friend and my youngest only wears hand me downs. I use old cloth diapers for my cleaning-the are super absorbant! Holly bhc-law(at)juno(dot)com

  23. That does look like a great bag. I am due next Tuesday and have yet to get a diaper bag because I don’t want to carry around a huge one and a purse. It does feel like the baby is ready to come right now though as I sit here typing and having a contraction! Yowzers! Anyway, I set out a paper sack that we put our recycling stuff in. When it’s full, the whole thing goes in the recycle bin–no need to carry anything back into the house or rinse out the trash can. We also just moved and instead of buying new boxes to pack in, we bought them on Craigs List and plan to resell them on there as well! Thanks for the heads up on the bag!!

  24. That does look like a great bag. I am due next Tuesday and have yet to get a diaper bag because I don’t want to carry around a huge one and a purse. It does feel like the baby is ready to come right now though as I sit here typing and having a contraction! Yowzers! Anyway, I set out a paper sack that we put our recycling stuff in. When it’s full, the whole thing goes in the recycle bin–no need to carry anything back into the house or rinse out the trash can. We also just moved and instead of buying new boxes to pack in, we bought them on Craigs List and plan to resell them on there as well! Thanks for the heads up on the bag!!

  25. I’m also an avid Freecycle.org user. I love the joy of giving an unwanted item to someone else that can use it when I no longer can. I’ve even found people to take non-working DVD players and other electronics so that they can break them down and use them for parts! My husband and I are expecting our first child in February and I’m currently collecting furniture, toys and other baby items that people were offering on the site. I haven’t purchased a single baby item yet! Freecycle it also great because it is local and saves you a long trip to the dump (fumes into the environment, etc.).

    Also, my company purchases bagels once a week and they get transported to the office in large paper bags. Rather than let them be thrown away I “rescue” them and take them home to use as recycle bins for our paper, glass, cans and plastic.

    Also, I really liked the tip about using empty juice bottles as dog toys! So creative!

  26. I’m also an avid Freecycle.org user. I love the joy of giving an unwanted item to someone else that can use it when I no longer can. I’ve even found people to take non-working DVD players and other electronics so that they can break them down and use them for parts! My husband and I are expecting our first child in February and I’m currently collecting furniture, toys and other baby items that people were offering on the site. I haven’t purchased a single baby item yet! Freecycle it also great because it is local and saves you a long trip to the dump (fumes into the environment, etc.). Also, my company purchases bagels once a week and they get transported to the office in large paper bags. Rather than let them be thrown away I “rescue” them and take them home to use as recycle bins for our paper, glass, cans and plastic. Also, I really liked the tip about using empty juice bottles as dog toys! So creative!

  27. I recycle my dryer lint to use as a fire starter for our fireplace along with toilet paper rolls and egg cartons- these three items make the easiest fires and uses up waste!

    I’d love to win a purse!

  28. I recycle my dryer lint to use as a fire starter for our fireplace along with toilet paper rolls and egg cartons- these three items make the easiest fires and uses up waste!I’d love to win a purse!

  29. Those bags look awesome!
    My favorite thing to reuse would be the baby wipes containers. I use them for everything, I have quite a few filled with markers and stickers, etc. I also just went on a trip and used one to keep my toiletries in, and they stayed put and nothing was leaking in my bag from the flight…which normally happens 🙂

  30. Those bags look awesome!My favorite thing to reuse would be the baby wipes containers. I use them for everything, I have quite a few filled with markers and stickers, etc. I also just went on a trip and used one to keep my toiletries in, and they stayed put and nothing was leaking in my bag from the flight…which normally happens 🙂

  31. Their website and products are absolutely amazing!!! My tip is save containers. We save plastic coffee containers for holding markers/colored pencils, baby wipe containers to corral all those little toy accessories that end up all over the place, peanut butter containers make GREAT specimen jars if you have a bug collection, the containers that powder drink mixes come in (The tall ones that contain 4-5 smaller packages inside) make great tubes for hiding goodies and burying treasures in the yard, and the list goes on and on. We keep everything plastic that comes with a lid!

  32. Their website and products are absolutely amazing!!! My tip is save containers. We save plastic coffee containers for holding markers/colored pencils, baby wipe containers to corral all those little toy accessories that end up all over the place, peanut butter containers make GREAT specimen jars if you have a bug collection, the containers that powder drink mixes come in (The tall ones that contain 4-5 smaller packages inside) make great tubes for hiding goodies and burying treasures in the yard, and the list goes on and on. We keep everything plastic that comes with a lid!

  33. The latest items I recycled were a bunch of lids from the empty baby formula containers. I saved over twenty of them to bring to my church for the kids in the youth group. They were having a lock-in and I was chaperoning.

    I set up an indoor frisbee golf course around the church using old ice cream buckets we have collected at home for the holes.

    Each teen was given a lid that I had put a different colored stripe on and they hit the course. They had a lot of fun! The lids were perfect. They flew far, but were light enough that they didn’t cause damage if they hit anything.

    I put the lids in the youth room in case they ever need frisbees again.

  34. The latest items I recycled were a bunch of lids from the empty baby formula containers. I saved over twenty of them to bring to my church for the kids in the youth group. They were having a lock-in and I was chaperoning.I set up an indoor frisbee golf course around the church using old ice cream buckets we have collected at home for the holes. Each teen was given a lid that I had put a different colored stripe on and they hit the course. They had a lot of fun! The lids were perfect. They flew far, but were light enough that they didn’t cause damage if they hit anything.I put the lids in the youth room in case they ever need frisbees again.

  35. Wow, there are some really great ideas here! Our family recycles and uses reusable grocery bags. We also frequent yard sales for gently used clothing and toys. I’m also trying to use more “green” cleaners around the house so it is safer for my toddler and us. m_huston(at)hotmail(dot)com

  36. Wow, there are some really great ideas here! Our family recycles and uses reusable grocery bags. We also frequent yard sales for gently used clothing and toys. I’m also trying to use more “green” cleaners around the house so it is safer for my toddler and us. m_huston(at)hotmail(dot)com

  37. ok, love this post, love the product. I stumbled.

    My tip….I’m pretty green actually. I totally shop resale and vintage for most our clothes. I love to cut up old t-shirts for wipe rags around the house.

  38. ok, love this post, love the product. I stumbled.My tip….I’m pretty green actually. I totally shop resale and vintage for most our clothes. I love to cut up old t-shirts for wipe rags around the house.

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