Updated: 12/9/2011. Lots more colors and different products to choose from!
“I am not a plastic bag” in any form is the new IT bag. Anyone and everyone has their preferred e-bag, whether it is cotton, hemp or recycled polyethylene. Despite all of your good intentions, how many of you forget to take your bag with you when you go to the grocery store or to the gym? Perhaps you left it at home with the groceries you just brought in. Maybe it is too small for what you need to put in it, or you just plain forget. Well, the Flip & Tumble bag will save you from never having to use another plastic bag. How? Read on.
My Eco Confession
First, I have to confess.I have this beautiful bag from a grocery store that cost $.99. The first couple of times I wore my bag on my shoulder, I was a proud mama peacock. My bag screamed, “look at her. She cares about the environment.” I even heard it say while I was in the grocery check out line, “check her out. She is one hot green mama.” I kid you not.
I was an IT green girl. Just to be able to say those magic words, “no thank-you. I brought my own bag” was just heaven.
Over the weeks, I kept forgetting my beautiful bag since it was buried under something in my minivan. (What’s new?) Although I recycle my grocery bags, I had absolutely no excuse. I was continuing to contribute to the countless amount of petroleum oil being used to make plastic bags. Shame on me. So is there a bag out there that is so convenient to use that a greenie like me won’t forget to use it?
Hetal Jariwala and Eva Bauer, founders of the Flip & Tumble’s 24-7 bag, felt my pain, having been there themselves. They sought to create a convenient stylish bag that you would never forget to use. Okay, you are thinking, come on. What makes this bag different from all the other environmental bags?
Easy to Use
The founders should have named the bag, the “easy bag” if it was a catchy name. It is so simple to scrunch this bag into a small ball and then insert it in its attached pouch. (Kind of like making a ball out of your socks.) No more fumbling, pushing, or poking to get this bag into its pouch. Plus, there is no need to worry about zippers getting caught on the material.
Did you notice the words, “attached pouch” as I described the bag? If any of you are like me, I misplace everything, so having an attached pouch is a necessity for me. Realize, I am not talking about merely a string that holds the two parts together. The pouch is literally sown to the bag.
This bag is the size of a tennis ball when it is in its attached pouch.You can stuff it in your purse, backpack, or car since it takes up so little room. You will never forget it because it can go everywhere with you. Got big pockets? Stuff a bag in one of your pockets! You’ll be one with your new bag.
Your Go Anywhere Bag
It is literally a “24-7” bag.
“We wanted to develop the perfect one bag that you could keep with you all the time. The ideal bag had to be compact and work for grocery shopping, but we also wanted it to work for other places, such as a nice restaurant, or a day at the museum,” stated the founders.
The bag is made of rip torn nylon and measures 12 by 14 x 5” and has this terrific long 26.5” strap so you can comfortably wear it over your shoulder. In addition, the bag has the ability to handle 20 lbs of weight which is equivalent to 3 large soda bottles. The shoulder strap has a built in shoulder pad to help make heavier loads feel lighter.
Want a smaller sack? Check out the mini!
Why use nylon when it is a petroleum based product? Is this good for the environment, I wondered?
“For a good size bag to be able to compact into a small and light enough form to be carried everywhere you can’t make it out of cotton,” explained Eva.
The purpose of this bag is to make it convenient and easy to use, so in fact you will use it and not forget it. According to the Company, “over its lifetime, each 24-7 bag can easily spare the earth from over 1,000 disposable plastic bags.”
Every product has a life cycle. Instead of throwing the bag away, the Company encourages you to send it back to them to recycle it.
What are you waiting for?
Buy a few 24-7 bags for your family, friends, and coworkers. Oh, and don’t forget those teachers’ gifts. What a great gift. Great stocking stuffers too. Everyone would love a bag that marries style and convenience and at the same time saves the Earth.
Best yet, discounts are available for quantity purchases.
Join the Conversation:
- Do you own any of these bags? If so, have you seen that you are less likely to forget your bag?
- Do you forget your bags like me?
- Would you wear this bag out at night or day in lieu of your purse?
- Men, would you use this bag?
Photos by permission of Flip and Tumble
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