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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Joey-Totes Review and Giveaway

If you have been around my blog long enough you know I love shopping. The one thing I don't like about shopping is the waste from plastic and even paper bags. Every so often I will get plastic bags though when I am buying meats or ice cream because they tend to leak into my re-usable bags and make a mess and they are not easily washed. I was sent a sample of Joey Totes re-usable bags to try out.

One one of the super cool things I like about them, other than the fact that they are re-usable, is that they are washable! That means I don't have to use plastic at all....EVER! If they get dirty, I can either toss them in the washer or wash by hand and line dry.

Another great thing is their compact size. Because they are made with ripstop Nylon they are not only durable but they can be folded up and stuffed inside of each other for easy carrying.




The Joey Totes come in two sizes, the Big Joey and the Regular Joey. The Regular is the one above with the cereal in it, it holds quite a lot and the Big Joey holds even more.

I have been offered to give away a set of Joey Totes on my blog to one lucky reader! Entries will be taken until Monday, August 24th at noon CST. At that time I will pick a winner and you will have 48 hours to get back to me with your mailing information or a new winner will be picked.

All you have to do is leave a comment with your name and email address telling me ways you are trying to reduce, recycle or reuse. I will pick one comment at random.

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46 Comments:

pamelab1 said...

I've recently started using my own cloth bags when shopping. The millions (or at least it seems) of plastic bags I have I'm going to try and make my own reusable shopping bags this winter.

JANE4girls said...

pam how are you doing that? I was telling my daughter you could probably crochet them or something

SchemL said...

After learning how to coupon almost a year ago, I was surprised how many bags I would end up with after one outing (since there are so many transactions to do). Soon after that, I started using reusable bags here and there and now have made a habit of it... but my bags are not very durable (they tear). I was really impressed with your review of the Joey bags, Erin!

Alecia said...

I am trying to use reuseable bags and my own water bottle

shannon said...

We each have our own water bottles the kids got theirs when the disney store had their promotion for earth day. and I have picked up some reusable bags.

Suzanne said...

I always try to bring my reusable bags when I grocery shop, or just skip the bag altogether if I can fit the purchase in my purse. I also reuse plastic bags that come my way as garbage bags for my kitchen garbage can. These bags look great!
Suzanne
suzanneblack1@hotmail.com

Stacy said...

We use cloth bags for shopping and we are fortunate that our city provides large cans they pick up for metals, plastics and paper. I also recycle food leftovers in our compost.

cblanchard76 said...

I use reusable bags whenever possible.

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Jennifer Engelland said...

Reusable grocery bags and bento boxes for my kids' lunches to avoid all those ziploc bags and pieces of plastic wrap.

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Linda S. said...

I love reusable bags and have quite a collection. The washable Joey Totes sound great for wet items.

combsmail said...

I'd like to try these bags! My issue seems to be that I FORGET to take my reusuable bags inside the store when I shop! They sit in my trunk for every shopping trip. Uggh. It looks like these Joey are small enough that I could actually keep them in the front seat where I'm more likely to remember to take them inside.

Saving Cents in the City: said...

I've been trying to bring reusable bags to the grocery store. Those bags look great! :)

momreno said...

My family also has there own reusable water bottles, and everytime i go to the store and find a good deal on a reusable bag i buy it. Love to keep odd things like toiletpaper and papertowel rolls to use as arts and crafts.

Jessica said...

i've tried to become more aware of packaging---there's so much extra packaging used on the individually wrapped items, so i don't buy single cup applesauce, etc. use my own grocery bags, reuse ziplocs if clean but try to use tupperware instead of plastic wrap and use foil if i have to so that i can recycle it, consolidate trips out, did cash for clunkers to get a more fuel efficient vehicle, i'll stop there ;)

Krista said...

I use reuseable bags (but like you, use plastic for meat), line dry our clothes, everyone has a different color cup/glass and they use it for a couple of days before it gets washed (but it does get rinsed immediately if there was something other than water in it), compost food/yard items and use reuseable containers in my husband's lunch box as often as I possibly can.

Alison said...

I use reusable cloth bags also. I recycle everything that can be recycled. I also reuse some ziploc baggie like things if they aren't too bad. I wash my clothes in cold water with homemade laundry detergent and line dry. My husband thinks I've gone a little overboard on the whole "green" thing, but I'll just have to work with him on it til he sees it my way... LOL!

Little-Bit said...

I am trying to use reusable bags, burn in my bonfire pit the things that I can, and use reusable water bottles.

Dilem*mama said...

I have made it my challenge to use disposible things twice before I toss them. Ok, except toilet paper. Ewww! LOL

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

taking our own bags to the store, repurposing things till there is no purpose, donating magazines to hospitals and schools, reusing packing

KaseysKrazyMommy said...

I am learning to crochet with "plarn" to make my own reusable shopping bags. It's fun!

Lori l said...

After using reusable totes for groceries, we are now trying to go paperless in our kitchen with cloth napkins and towels instead of paper products.

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Kristi said...

I have been buying the reusable bags at aldi. (very big and roomy) Or Market day totes that you can put frozen things in. tkfenger1@att.net

Janelle said...

We participate in our city's weekly recycling pickup, I use cloth bags when shopping, if I need something new, I "shop" around my house first to see if I have anything I can repurpose, and we use rags and cloth napkins in lieu of paper towels and paper napkins. We are also careful about turning off lights and have changed over to energy-efficient major appliances. We do lots of little things to try and make a difference.

carolinez said...

I also try to use totes but it gets hard to remember to take into the store, even when I leave them in my car, it's just like any new habit, it takes time to develop. Other ways i try to recycle, is by having a bin for recycling paper and a bin for recycling plastic/class/aluminum in my garage.

Bobbi said...

I would like to make some cloth napkins and produce bags this winter!

Lisa said...

I have been using cloth bags at the grocery and started using more rags and less paper towels.

Lauren said...

I try to remember my produce bags for the store instead of the plastic ones :D
Thanks!

Aggie said...

My mom and I started making our own laundry detergent (we got the instructions from the Dugger family website) I hang my laundry on the line outside and use cloth bags for grocery shopping.

free indeed said...

I reuse my plastic bags to line my trash cans. I've switched to energy saving bulbs. I've never gotten into paper towels and have always used rags.
freeindeed at myfairpoint dot net

monica said...

We are trying to use a lot fewer paper towels by using washable cloths instead. So far it's saving a lot of money and good for the environment!
-monica
monicabozsik at yahoo dot com

pamelab1 said...

I found several sites that have directions...yes they are crocheted...that is after you cut them into strips...that's why it's gonna be a winter project, since I wont be out playing in the snow much ~lol~

Kathi said...

I try to remember to take my re-usable grocery bags when I shop. If I have plastic bags, I use them to line my small trash cans and carry my lunch.

Malia said...

Malia Lierman
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We are trying to reduce, recycle and reuse by using reusable bags for the first time (it takes some getting used to), gardening and making our own products.

Malia

Melissa said...

I use reusable bags every time I shop, a nalgene bottle to keep me hydrated, and recycle cardboard, plastic, and newspaper. We've changed all our lightbulbs to the energy efficient too. Every little bit helps, right? :)

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Sarah Eliza @ devastateboredom said...

I recycle pretty much everything lol, and use freecycle a lot to get rid of stuff I can't donate to the thrift store... I try to send as little as possible to the dump! I also buy only recycled toilet paper, etc, and am trying to transition to cloth napkins. I also try to use alternative transportation frequently for environmental reasons as well.

Great giveaway! I'll keep my fingers crossed... ;)

Erin said...

Erin
ErynSMA@Hotmail.com

These look great! I love reusable bags, but with 6 people in the house, the more, the better, as we're only up to 5 right now and usually require WAY more.

pam said...

i've stopped using paper towels :) i use & wash rags

pam said...

I stopped buying paper towels almost a year ago & just use rags. :)

Whoops forgot my email.
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Rhonda said...

The most effective way we have reduced is to not buy excess in the first place. I'm talking about buying beyond the necessary amount of shoes and clothes, household goods, books, etc. Unless we are looking for a specific item, we do not go to yard sales, thrift stores, malls, etc. I think we lead a very full life without all the extra belongings. Full disclosure: we spend a lot of money doing stuff (theatre, opera, museum/zoo memberships, mini-trips).

one frugal lady said...

We are very careful about what we buy, being cheap and all.... I really have to stop and think "do I really need this?" alot.
We recently even made some shopping bags from old t-shirts!
onecheaplady@yahoo.com

Cheryl F. (The Lucky Ladybug) said...

We make our life greener by regularly recycling everything possible. We also use CFLs, Energy Star appliances, and reusable shopping bags. We combine driving trips to save mileage -- and turn things like lights off when not in use. *Thanks* for the giveaway!
blog[at]theluckyladybug[dot]org

Jackie said...

I reduce my environmental impact by riding my bicycle whenever possible and using public transportation on bad weather days. I also use a metal reusable water bottle for all of my beverage needs.

Jackie
jbrown06@vt.edu

Anne said...

reusable bags and donating the plastic ones to a school so they can earn money recycling them.

Anonymous said...

To reduce waste I do many things. I save every box(even toothpaste!) and put out for the recycle truck, I throw every possible bottle/plastics in the recycle also(yogurt cups, shampoo bottles,etc), I always use reusable bags at every store I go to, and I also give away things on freecycle.

Ileana said...

I reuse the plastic shopping bags, that way I also save money on trash can bags. I use my own reusable grocery bags when not running low on the plastic ones LOL. We only buy energy saving bulbs, we unplug electronics when not in use. I collect rainwater to water my plants.... and the list goes on

Stuff Smart (formerly Targetmom) said...

I only have one trash can upstairs and one downstairs in our home to help encourage recycling and it really works! We always have several times more recycling than we do for trash pick up. Our household of 3 can seriously get by with as little as a plastic grocery bag full of trash for a week. (not sure though where we are going to get our "trash" bags from once we complete our switch to reuseable shopping bags.)