Thursday, June 11, 2009

It's in the bag

It's always pained me to drive down the freeway and see the copious amount of plastic grocery bags caught in the trees and ivy that line the road. If you haven't noticed it before, take a look for yourself. If it's half as bad in your neck of the woods as it is in mine, you'll be sad, too.

I was smitten when I discovered Envirosax, reusable grocery bags, two years ago.

Envirosax

You buy them individually or in a set of five. I bought a set for myself, coincidentally the same time a friend sent another set to me. That Christimas I think 90% of our gifts to folks were sets from Brent and me. We knew that everyone could use them.

Two years later and I still love my Envirosax. There have been times we've postponed our grocery trips because we forgot to bring the bags with us. We feel wasteful if we have to get regular bags. And the checkout clerks often comment on our bags when we spread them out on the checkout belt. We often have to remind the bag boys/girls to load up our Envirosax - they hold seemingly twice as much as standard grocery bags. When we get home, Brent likes to see how many of them he can load onto his arms as it's easy to carry a bunch. I think it makes him feel like He-Man or something when he can carry 75% of our groceries at once.

When Envirosax recently asked if I wanted to review some of their bags, I said no -- 'CUZ I ALREADY KNOWZ HOW MUCH I LUVZ THEMZ! I did, however, happily agree to do a fun little giveaway. I'm giving two of my wonderful readers an opportunity to try out Envirosax for yourselves. For your chance to win your choice of one of the Envirosax bags from the Oxford or Retro Graphic series (Father's Day is coming up, and those sets are "manly" like dads), simply leave a comment with which bag from which of those two series you'd choose. Be sure to leave your email address in your comment if I don't already have it. If you're one of the two winners I select randomly, you'll receive your bag o' choice! You have until midnight (Pacific) this Sunday, June 14th to enter. I'll announce the winner on Monday, the 15th!

Updated to add: I want to be clear to all of you whom are entering - the contest is for one bag, not an entire set of five. Don't want my two winners to be disappointed come Monday.

(BTW, there's an interesting article in tomorrow's WSJ about paper vs plastic. Yes, I have access to news in the future. Jealous?)

"I went through the checklist Woody gave me and got some things. Fluorescent bulbs that use less electricity. Reusable hemp bags for shopping. And look: shampoo that's not tested on animals. I feel bad for those lab animals running around with dirty hair but - if it's better for the environment, that's the sacrifice they have to make." - Earl Hickey, My Name is Earl

54 comments:

  1. retro graphic bag 5!

    i am personally a baggu girl myself but would be open to trying others.

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  2. Retro. Please pick me random.org :D

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  3. Retro bag #2. CUTE!

    I'm at caroldotbrowneatgmaildotcom.

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  4. Er. I just bought some plastic bags to give to you actually but I couldn't help it...they have Hello Kitty on them. As the Baby said, "I am killing the Earf."

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  5. These bags are too cool. I would pick Oxford #3.

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  6. Ooh, love the Oxfords. Great giveaway! Pick meeee!

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  7. In the Oxford series, I really like bags #2 and #5. In the Retro series, I love #2. What a great giveaway! We usually choose paper bags at the grocery store so that they can be recycled and our kids can color on them. But at our grocery store, you get five cents off for every reusable bag you use!

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  8. I won't enter the contest since I already have a set. I just wanted to add that I LOVE my set and have used it for about 2 years also. I take them to the mall too, not just the grocery store. I have the black and white set, and it's "manly" enough that my husband will willingly use it. =)

    I was going to get my mom a set, but she saw mine and got her own!

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  9. Oh, I just want to say that I got some of these for my birthday this year and they freaking ROCK! I love them. But they annoy the heck out of the stores here (perhaps that's why I like them. bwhaha). Eh, I live in the Southeast, I don't think reusuable bags have quite caught on here. They always try to find a tag to scan them because they think they are something I'm trying to buy. lol!

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  10. those look amazing! retro please :)

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  11. We ALWAYS forget our stash of reusable bags, and now that we don't have a dog, the plastic bags we used to use for poo pickup are seriously piling up. I'd love to donate them to a dog park, and then make the commitment to only use reusable bags, such as the ones you're giving away. The Retro Graphic series are super cute, so I'd choose those, should you choose me!

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  12. Retro Graphic Bag 4 is adorable!

    erica dot rubin at gmail dot com

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  13. Those bags are awesome! I love the retro collection.

    1981baw@gmail.com

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  14. LOVE the 2nd bag!

    vanessa_tessmer@yahoo.com

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  15. Cool!

    I likey Oxford bag 1 and Retro bag 2.

    I use reusable bags, but haven't tried this brand out. Huz does a lot of the shopping, so I like these more gender neutral designs! :)

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  16. Retro Graphic 2.

    Cool bags! We use canvas bags, but would love some others. Thanks for offering the giveaway!

    terri_52403@yahoo.com

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  17. I love the Oxford #5! sweettalkin417atgmaildotcom

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  18. retro bag #3!!

    lapixie.dusted@gmail.com

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  19. Oooh! I love the retro 2 bag! These are awesome! I can't believe I've never heard of them before... thanks for sharing!

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  20. OKay I clicked on the link twice and the numbers changed?? But I think Oxford #3, the argyle one. Sometimes it says #5. What?

    Anyway, we REALLY need some so I need some JustJenn style luck!

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  21. Oxford Bag #3. So cute!

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  22. Retro Graphic Bag 3 is so cute!

    =)

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  23. Cool. Thanks for doing this. I would pick Oxford #5.

    And I wish I could see into the future. Lucky you! :)

    sulkygrrlATgmailDOTcom

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  24. I love these bags but couldn't justify the price so I bought other boring ones. I love the retro designs! ssinca@gmail.com

    I also bought reusable produce bags - it's crazy how many of those little bags we would end up using. email me if you want the info!

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  25. love the retro graphic bag 4!

    i have reusable bags too but not cute like these!

    lanbabybaby@yahoo.com

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  26. I like the Retro styles.
    Thanks!
    Shannon
    desertspringslandscaping@hotmail.com

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  27. I'm not going to consider this an entry because I already have several and love them, so I just wanted to say... I have several and I love them!! Haha.

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  28. Very Cool.

    I pick bag #3.

    Thanks,

    Lora Stelzer
    lostelz@msn.com

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  29. Oxford #3 because I'm a sucker for argyle. My husband does the same thing with loading himself up with as many grocery bags as possible. Silly boy!

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  30. These are great! Seeing how my recent trips to the store have turned into near war with my *spirited* children, I'd love bag 4 in the Oxford series. Camouflage means business. Good luck, ME!

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  31. I would pick the oxford if I was the lucky winner.

    jaimeyoung924 at yahoo dot com

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  32. I have a set of Envirosax and LOVE THEM!! I carry at least one in my purse at ALL times (they fold up so nicely).

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  33. oh these bags are so fun. i love the retro bag #2. very cute.

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  34. Retro!

    rachelinak@gmail.com

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  35. Woo! Woo! Retro Graphic! It can spruce up my old Trader Joe's bag collection.

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  36. Cool findings! I'd like the Oxford Bag 2 ;)

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  37. I like the argyle bag. :)

    I owe you an email... will try to get to that soon....

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  38. Retro 2 is 2 cool. haha

    I have a bagu in my purse for bookstore runs, but I need more for groceries. :-)

    Neat contest!

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  39. I like Retro #3 - fun design. I have canvas ones now that I keep in the car. Would perk up grocery shopping with one of these fun designs.

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  40. Love my reusable totes but I have nothing as cool as these! I like the camo one because I'd actually give it away to my best friend whose husband is in the military! :)

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  41. how about retro #2. my current bag just ripped, so i'd love a new one!

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  42. Oxford Bag #3 ...Argyle Rocks!

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  43. Argyle bag is DARLING!

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  44. That sure was a nice friend who gave you the set of those awesome bags for your birthday :o) I like Retro #3 if I get picked.

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  45. i LOVE the bright and happy retro #3. i'm a baggu girl too (and i get tons of comments on them every time i use them) but i'm a sucker for cool bags.

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  46. cool, i'll take any. i know it is so wasteful, i have my wholefoods and tj bags, but when i have to get the plastic baggies from target or ralphs, i use them as trash liners. so not all wasteful

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  47. I like Retro #3 -- so bright and unique (like me!)

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  48. I'm totally digging that retro bag #4. How cute!

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  49. i heart them all! i wouldn't know which one to pick :)

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  50. I adore Retro Graphic #2 and #3....

    Going to have to order some of these! I currently use the $1 Target reusable bags! These are much cuter!

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  51. I know I'm late for the contest entry but (I love! Envirobags, and) I just wanted to say thank you for the birthday well-wishing via Twitter. That was super sweet of you!

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  52. So pretty! Oxford Bag 2. :)

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