Thursday, April 23, 2009

Joey Totes Review and Giveaway


The 39th annual Earth Day has come and gone and my naked celebration of dancing in the garden is over. I'm kidding, of course- sheesh, I wear an organic tutu during the dance.

Really, for me Earth Day is simply a reminder to be conscious of the choices I make every other day of the year. I don't celebrate by slashing the tires of Hummers or dancing naked (as much as I might like to do both at times). While I try to live an "eco-friendly" life style, I know I am absolutely no Ed Beagly Jr. I love Diet Coke and would never consider living without some form of air conditioning. So I try to alleviate some of my air-conditioning induced guilt by changing other habits.

The one way I can honestly say I have shown improvement is in the plastic bag department. I try to always carry a reusable bag in my car or purse, and if I don't have one handy I opt to go without a bag when possible. It is a small change, but just one of many simple things I know I can do.

Over the past year I have used many a reusable bag- everything from the 99 cent Walgreens totes to the more expensive canvas bags. I have also torn and destroyed several reusable bags simply from overuse. Those flimsy (and cheap) Walgreens bags really are reusable for only so long, which sort of defeats the purpose.

So I was thrilled to discover the best reusable bags I have ever owned, Joey Totes.


Joey Totes have every single feature I could ask for in a reusable bag:

  • They come in 2 sizes, because you don't always need a huge bag
  • They have their own convenient storage bags. The bags have a pocket sewn into the liner, and the whole bag fits in the pocket for easy storage. I carry them in my purse with no problem at all.
  • They are sturdy- made from nylon and designed to hold up to 40lbs.
  • They're washable.

Joey Totes really make the one act of carrying reusable bags effortless and sensible. I have had these totes for one week and have used them at least 5 times because they are already with me in my purse.

A large Joey Tote can be purchased on their site for $8.50. You can also buy them in sets of three; 2 small 8" x 4" totes and 1 large 9.5" x 5" tote for $14 or 2 large totes and 1 small tote for $20. A bit more than the 99 cent or freebie reusable bags but totally worth it considering they promise to keep your milk and oranges off the sidewalk unlike some of the bags I have used.

If you buy a set of Joey Totes by May 31st you can get 10% off using a very special code just for my readers. Just type in "I Like Green" (case sensitive, no quotes) in the coupon code at checkout. I personally think these would be a very sensible Mother's Day gift, and when it comes to gifts my Mom adores sensible.

Kate and Chris, the awesome owners of Joey Totes, are also offering one set of totes to my readers! So enter to snag your own set:

Giveaway Rules


First Entry
Tell me if you use reusable bags, and if you don't why. I promise not to make you feel guilty as long as you don't take away my air conditioning. This entry MUST be done for the extras to count.
Additional Entries
  • Become a fan of Joey Totes on Facebook (1 entry, please leave your facebook name or the initials of your name)
  • Vote for Joey Totes on Mom Faves (1 entry, please leave your Mom Faves user ID)
  • Fav my blog on technorati or tell me if you already have (1 entry, link on the right side please leave your user name)
  • Follow my blog (1 entry)
  • Follow me on twitter and tweet (once per day, please leave linky)

Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Entries will be accepted until 12 AM CST May 1st

105 comments:

3carnations said...

I do use reusable bags. I love them! They are better for the earth, obviously, and I can fill one reusable bag with items that would fill 3 plastic bags.

3carnations said...

I follow you in bloglines.

hondaray6 said...

I do reusable bags...in fact I recently banned plastic bags from my house! I've spent the last few months gathering up enough totes so I could kick plastic to the curb! And Earth Day was my day to do it! I love my totes! I also have one of a nylon type with a pocket inside so it stores itself. Its so handy in my purse!
Thanks for the chance to win more!
hondaray6 at hotmail dot com

hondaray6 said...

I follow your blog

hondaray6 said...

I follow on twitter and tweeted
http://twitter.com/hondaray6/status/1598435674

Mr. Puggle said...

genius! i like the fact they collapse. trying to carry around plastic bags to reuse stinks. they are always opening up and self inflating.

Jess said...

def use reusable bags!

Jess said...

tweet:
http://twitter.com/4boys4now/status/1601299825

Dina said...

I use reusable bags all the time.

Dina said...

Fan of Joey Totes on Facebook (Dina N..)

Dina said...

Follow you

Dina said...

Voted for Joey Totes on Mom Faves (Dina (aitmama))

Dina said...

Fav in Technorati (aitmama).

silverhartgirl said...

I try to use reusable bags. Right now it is about half the time . i am getting better at rembering

Mari said...

I use re-usable bags because I live in New York and don't have a car, which means carrying all my stuff back from the store. Lugging something on my shoulder is so much easier than the plastic cutting into my hand from throw-away ones. But these Joey Bags sound great and I'll look into them contest or not - because sometimes I make an unplanned purchase w/o having a tote with me. Thanks for the tip!

denise said...

I try to use reusable bags, especially for lunch. But when I go to the grocer's, I don't have enough reusable bags to hol all my grocery....which is a bad thing, but I opt for recycled paper bags instead of plastic bags. hopefully this habit will change in the near future!

denise said...

I follow

Naddez said...

I use reusable bags most of the times and I love them!!

sam94son05@sbcglobal.net

Naddez said...

New Facebook fan-QD

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Naddez said...

Following blog.

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Naddez said...

Following on Twitter & tweeted @ http://twitter.com/Naddez

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hondaray6 said...

4/24 RT~http://twitter.com/hondaray6/status/1604587438

ecky said...

we use reusable bags a lot...i try to leave them in the car so that i dont forget them. we can always use more : )

elkesten at yahoo dot com

SarCraw said...

I actually don't use reusable bags at the moment! I want to switch over though! I actually don't have a good tote to use and so once I get one I will bring it with me to the store.
sarahbcrawford(At)Gmail(dot)com

SarCraw said...

I favorited your blog on Technorati (sarahbcraw)

sarahbcrawford(at)gmail(Dot)com

SarCraw said...

I follow your blog
sarahbcrawford(at)gmail(Dot)com

SarCraw said...

Tweeted and follow (hellojournalist): http://twitter.com/hellojournalist/status/1607391634

sarahbcrawford(At)gmail(dot)com

Angie said...

I really try to use reusable bags... but I only have the cheap ones and they are so bulky I end up forgetting them

Angie said...

I follow you on twitter

Angie said...

I faved you on technorati... txsangie

Angie said...

fan on Joey Totes on facebook
(angie dickey)

CCakaJapan said...

I don't use reusable bags. I know I should but I guess it makes me a little uncomfortable carrying around extra bags, and I don't know how to make the baggers use them instead...bad reasons, I know.

But if I'm only getting a few items, I don't use any bags:)

thanks so much...I promis I would use these- they come with carrying bags!yayy!!

xoxojadore(at)yahoo(dot)com

CCakaJapan said...

I follow:)

thanks so much!
xoxojadore(at)yahoo9dot)com

Tammigirl said...

I use reusable totes. Last night I saw Joey totes at Mustard Seed Market and I was tempted to buy them. But since I'm going to win them here, I didn't. We carried our stuff to the car in our hands last night because we forgot to take our bag in with us. It just seemed better than taking a plastic bag. Funny how I look at those things so differently now.

I carry reusable bags because plastic bags are crap - and they do no good.

Tammigirl said...

I became a facebook fan of Joeytotes. Seriously, I did. tv.

Tammigirl said...

I totally faved them at mom faves

Tammigirl said...

I faved you on tecnorati, like, eons ago.

Tammigirl said...

I follow your blog

Tammigirl said...

I'm a tweeting fool.

Tammigirl said...

I also put a link to your contest up at my blog (in the sidebar)

Kasey said...

I started using reusable totes when I would go to SAMS club because they never had any boxes. I now keep them in my car all the time and they work great for grocery shopping too.

Kasey said...

I'm a follower

Jill said...

I can honestly say that we DO use them! And I love how much stuff you can cram into them :) Less trips to and from the car.
jillk77 at aol dot com

Nicola said...

I'm not in the USA so please don't enter me - I just wanted to say that its a fabulous thing to promote and wonderful for our green and pleasant planet :)
God Bless
Nic xx

hondaray6 said...

4/25 RT~http://twitter.com/hondaray6/status/1614492673

Bonnie S. said...

I don't use reusable bags because I don't have any. I keep meaning to get some. These look really nice.
Thanks.

Bonnie S. said...

Facebook Fan - Bonnie Schmeck
Thanks

hondaray6 said...

4/26 RT~http://twitter.com/hondaray6/status/1620186081

Tanyetta said...

I always try to use the store reusable bags. I keep them in my trunk, now I just have to remember to bring them with me in the store.

Tanyetta said...

I am a facebook fan (tanyetta)

cdziuba said...

I use reusable bags and hope to win some more!

cdziuba said...

I follow on Twitter (cdziuba) and tweeted: http://twitter.com/cdziuba/status/1622855816

cdziuba said...

Technorati fave blog cdziuba

cdziuba said...

Blog follower

cdziuba said...

Voted for Joey Totes on Mom Faves (user ID is Carol)

cdziuba said...

Joey Totes Facebook fan carol p dziuba

Rebecca said...

I have reusable bags! I knit or crochet (crochet feels a little sturdier in my opinion) them up from old plastic bags that I've cut into strips. They're fun to make, hold a lot, and so far haven't broken on me! Plus, all of those plastic bags which inevitably end up in your house no matter how hard you try will not go to waste.

-Rebecca
rnredner at gmail dot com

CandG~Jill W said...

I do use reusable bags-lots of the cheap or free ones-I have them all in one car, though, so I would love to have these so they could be with me all the time-not dependant on which car I was in, thanks!

CandG~Jill W said...

You are faved on my technorati-I'm idahojill, thanks!

CandG~Jill W said...

I follow you, thanks!

CandG~Jill W said...

I follow you on twitter and I tweeted, thanks! http://twitter.com/idahojill/status/1624507090

kateandlucy said...

I would like to use reusable bags, but I don't have any. I do try to use paper so I can reuse them and then recycle them. I would love these reusable bags!

Treasia said...

I am just starting to use reusable totes when buying groceries and smaller items as well. If I forget to take them I find many other uses for the plastic bags before ever disposing of them.

Treasia said...

I became a fan on facebook. ID: Treasia Stepp

Treasia said...

I voted for the bags. ID: TTRuckerswife

Treasia said...

I became a blog follower

Treasia said...

I follow on twitter and twitted here: http://twitter.com/TTruckerswife/status/1626230123

Thanks for the entries.

hondaray6 said...

Daily Tweet
http://twitter.com/hondaray6/status/1629253384

CandG~Jill W said...

Happy Monday the 27th tweet, thanks! http://twitter.com/idahojill/status/1629414932

Tammigirl said...

I've been tweeting every day.

Tammigirl said...

Really, I have. And I can prove it!

Cindy said...

Well, I don't use reusable grocery bags for a few reasons. I buy so many groceries at one time that I think I'd need SO MANY bags, I'd hate to buy them all. I'm also afraid that I'd forget to put the bags back in my car and wouldn't end up using them even if I did buy them. (The Joey Totes sound great because they can go right back in my purse...) I DO reuse the plastic grocery sacks as trash bags and any other use I can think of.

Thanks for running this giveaway!

cindy @ fencedinfamily dot com

Cindy said...

I am a fan of Joey Totes on Facebook. CindyH

cindy @ fencedinfamily dot com

Cindy said...

I follow your blog via Sage Reader. cindy @ fencedinfamily dot com

Cindy said...

I follow you on Twitter and tweeted! (FencedinFamily)

Sue said...

Reusable bags are pretty new to me, but I love them! They hold so much more than the flimsy plastic bags and I don't feel like they're going to break getting them to the car or into my house. And I honestly feel like I'm doing something good for the environment.
Thanks for the giveaway~

Carolyn G said...

I do use them.

Carolyn G said...

I faved you on technorati: carogonza

Carolyn G said...

Became a joey totes fan on FB

Carolyn G said...

Faved joey totes on mom faves

Carolyn G said...

i follow your blog

Carolyn G said...

I follow on twitter and tweeted:
http://twitter.com/carogonza/statuses/1632624455

Mommas in the House said...

I only use reusable bags. I don't want to leave behind a big carbon footprint!

Sarah said...

We don't use reusable bags. While I agree in taking care of the planet I don't believe in the whole carbon footprint and global warming. I do however, reuse paper bags to rebag at the grocery store next time and reuse plastic shopping bags.

Sarah
SeekingHim @ gmail dot come

Tammigirl said...

I tweeted again

hondaray6 said...

4/28 RT!http://twitter.com/hondaray6/status/1640637455

CandG~Jill W said...

daily tweet, thanks! http://twitter.com/idahojill/status/1642773480

cutepea said...

I always use reuseable totes-can't go shopping without them

cutepea said...

I follow your blog
Cutepea

Laura
cutepea1@yahoo.com

cutepea said...

Became a fan on facebook
Laura Smith-King
cutepea1@yahoo.com

CandG~Jill W said...

daily tweet, thanks! http://twitter.com/idahojill/status/1651635741

victoria said...

I love reusable bags and you can never have too many! We also reuse our plastic bags and when we have too many I take them to work (I work at a social services agency that has a food pantry).

victoria said...

Facebook fanned it! VY

victoria said...

momfaved it - userid: jadeheart

victoria said...

faved on technorati too - jadeheart

victoria said...

following your blog as well :)

victoria said...

http://twitter.com/jadeheart/status/1652205556

msmpt said...

A reusable bag haiku for you:
Yes I use said bags
I'd like to try Joey Totes
I hope I win this

hondaray6 said...

RT~http://twitter.com/hondaray6/status/1661564178

CandG~Jill W said...

daily tweet, thanks! http://twitter.com/idahojill/status/1662072741

CandG~Jill W said...

Happy Friday the 1st tweet, thanks! http://twitter.com/idahojill/status/1670459728

hondaray6 said...

Happy May Day Tweet
http://twitter.com/hondaray6/status/1670650041

Donna said...

I haven't tried them. I need some.
donna444444@yahoo.com

Donna said...

I am a follower.
donna444444@yahoo.com

Donna said...

I follow on twitter, and I tweeted.
http://twitter.com/donnak4/status/1673730756
donna444444@yahoo.com