Reuse Challenge GreenSmart™ Giveaway

I don’t know about the rest of you but I have a lot of ‘stuff’ in my work bag.  See?

Lets see here, Wallet, iPod, Lip Gloss, shopping bags, coupon envelope, toiletry bag, magazine, luna bar, business cards, cough drops, to-go ware, and my iPad… Yeah I think that about covers it, that also describes my problem, its full and cluttered and I have a hard time finding exactly what I need. Not anymore! Check I got a new bag from Green Smart ™

First let me tell you a little bit about the company.  I think the best way would be this direct quote from their philosophy page on their website.

Reduce – Recycle – Reinvest
Reduce our resource consumption in every activity we conduct.
Recycle everything that can possibly achieve additional life as is or in another form.
Reinvest in organizations that are working toward protecting our planet.
At GreenSmart™, we try every day to make the world greensmarter. From the designs we create, to the materials we use, to how we manufacture and ship our products, we put everything we do through our GreenSmart™ filter. We believe that even the smallest of positive actions every day can result in big changes toward a better product and a better environment in the long run. It is a pursuit of best practices for us. We have been doing it since we started back in 1995.
One of the best things about this company is how transparent they are. If you look through the website you can find  the toxicity report for the product Neogreen,™ and a detailed walk through of their bottles to bag program. The also have a code of conduct that includes, child labor, overtime, hours worked, health and safety and so much more, Its amazing. On top of all that they donate 10% of profits to support non-profit organizations that work to protect habitat and resource conservation. Check out this page to see where they donate to.
Ok on to the goods, they make messenger bags,  backpacks, lunch bags, water bottle cozies and laptop sleeves. GreenSmart™ sent me a Puku Messenger bag to test out.  It is the perfect work bag, so many pockets and great for organization, plus a sleeve for my iPad, or your laptop. Everything in that picture above has its perfect place. I was a little worried when I saw there was no strap pad. But the fabric is really soft and it is wide so it distributes the weight very well.  Here is the best part its made out of 30 recycled plastic bottles! Can you believe it? Here is the short version of how they do it.

Based on that fact I thought the fabric would be stiff and course, I couldn’t be more wrong. It is soft and flexiable, perfect for a messanger bag. Here is my bag.

I thought the green was a good mix of fun and yet professional but they also have black and orange.

See how everything fits so neatly.

It really is the perfect bag for me. I’ve gotten a lot of compliments on it and you should see peoples faces when I tell them its made from recycled bottles.

Ready for the great news? You can win one too in the color of your choice.

Leave a SEPARATE comment for each entry if you post one comment for all of these questions it will only count as 1 entry. ~*~ Open to USA Residents only, sorry.~*~

Required:

  • Go to the GreenSmart website and tell me one way this company is green. (1 Entry)

Additional Entries

  • Follow GreenSmart on Facebook. (1 Entries)
  • Follow GreenSmart on Twitter (1 Entry)
  • Follow Life, Love, Green on Twitter (1 Entry)
  • Let me know what your favorite product is on their web page. (1 Entry)
  • Tweet or Facebook about this giveaway I just entered to win a Puku messenger bag from @begreensmart and @lifelovegreen http://www.lifelovegreen.com/?p=2251 (1 time)
  • Follow me on Google Friend Connect
  • You get 1 extra comment per weekly link up on my Reuse Challange. So if you linked up in the last 3 weeks tell me your project and get an extra entry. If you haven’t linked up yet you can on the week 4 page.

As always, I don’t want to ever force anyone to follow me and that is why its just an additional entry but the fact is, in order to keep getting these great giveaways I need to show companies that I have people reading my blog. Thanks for understanding.

*~*Giveaway winner will be drawn at 9:00PM CST on 11/05/10~*~

96 comments on “Reuse Challenge GreenSmart™ Giveaway

  1. All fabrics used for the GreenSmart Bottles 2 Bags are derived from certified 100% post-consumer recycled PET water and soda bottles.

  2. “Each yard of finished fabric has consumed approximately 18, 16 oz. bottles and saved 10,000 Btus from manufacturing; enough power to light a 17 watt compact fluorescent light for 15 hours.”

  3. Greensmart is green in the way they support non profit organizations that help save endangered animals by donating 10% of their proceeds.

  4. out of all of greensmart’s products, my favorite is the Puku messenger bag. I saw it in my school’s bookstore and it’s everything I’ve been looking for in a bag.

  5. Neogreene is 21st Century science that achieves the cushion and insulation values of neoprene without the mid-20th century synthetic rubber chemistry. The result is a material that we can certify is free of toxins, uses 25% less petroleum products and 25% less energy to produce, while achieving superior insulation value. Making resources go farther is a significant aspect of being eco-friendly.

  6. Their Lunch bags are made from a material called Neogreene which is a water-based material that allows for a much cleaner chemistry than neoprene.

  7. They say that “Each yard of finished fabric has consumed approximately 18, 16 oz. bottles and saved 10,000 Btus from manufacturing; enough power to light a 17 watt compact fluorescent light for 15 hours.” So far over 750,000 plastic bottles have been turned into bags.

    appetizerforacraftymind(at)yahoo(dot)com

  8. Green in a great way with recycling a product that clogs our landfills and pollutes the oceans – plastic bottles. It’s amazing how many of these things end up in the trash. That a company can turn these into a great looking product that will last is wonderful!

  9. They use post consumer PET and water bottles to make their bags. They have a whole page about toxicity details of neogreene.

    Very impressive.

    hmcnaron at gmail

  10. One way Green Smart is green is by using Neogreene instead of Neoprene. It requires 25% less petroleum products and energy to produce.

  11. The Neogreene products they produce are free of toxins, uses 25% less petroleum products and 25% less energy to produce!

  12. ‘All fabrics used for the GreenSmart Bottles 2 Bags are derived from certified 100% post-consumer recycled PET water and soda bottles.’

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  13. Green Smart not only designs their products using green methods, but they also design the product so that it is useful. “If a product is all form with little focus on function, whether it’s green or not, it loses its ability to be sustainable. Because of this, we make sure every product we make is created with a minimum impact on the earth, and a positive impact in your life.”

    Love this!

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