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July 17, 2009

Joey Totes Reusable Bags

 

Almost two years ago, I published the rant, “Be Careful On the Reusable Bags Bandwagon” in which I slammed people who ran out and bought brand new reusable bags instead of reusing the disposable plastic bags they already had on hand.

While I still believe that it’s generally more sustainable to make use of what we have before buying new “green” products, I’m much less judgmental these days and recognize that some new products can truly help us get where we need to go. So many well-intentioned people have told me stories about leaving their reusable bags at home, or in the car. And in fact, I myself have gotten into the habit of carrying a little ChicoBag in my purse wherever I go, “just in case.”

So now there’s a new compressible bag in town that, like ChicoBags, comes with its own attached stuff sack. (I realize there are other bags with separate stuff sacks, but honestly, I don’t bother to promote those because I have a feeling most of those sacks get lost eventually.)

Joey Totes.

Joey Totes come in two sizes — Regular Joey and Big Joey.

Both sizes come with their own attached stuff sack.

But one thing that differentiates them from ChicoBags is that each sack is big enough to hold more than one Joey Tote. The large size will hold one Big Joey and two Regular Joeys. The regular size can hold itself and one other Regular Joey. Just stuff them all in.

Joey Totes are made from rip-stop nylon and can hold up to 40 pounds each. Each bag is sewn from one piece of fabric, which makes them stronger than the typical T-shirt style bag that consists of two pieces sewn together.

Joey Totes are also machine washable. And yes, you should wash them. The plastic bag industry has recently jumped on the fact that reusable bags can breed dangerous bacteria, unlike disposable bags. My response: so can our clothes if we don’t wash them. But you don’t see most of us wearing disposable plastic clothing. Why should our bags be any different?

So, Joey Totes are a great idea as long as you use them! Keep them in your purse, backpack, or briefcase all the time so that you’re never caught without a bag.

To win this set of 3 Joey Totes, please leave a comment with your name, email address, and one reason to stop using disposable bags. I’ll choose the winner at random next week.



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Reusable Bags
Reusable Bags

Great looking bag. Nice to see more and more people converting to reusable bags. There still are so many people that have not started using these. One at a time...

Stephanie
Stephanie

I love small compact reusable bags and I just wanted to comment that although you mentioned that you don't like the ones that come with a separate pouch, I actually have a set of the Envirosax (my set is this one: http://www.brightandbold.com/enplgr.html) that do and the pouch is really a lifesaver for me because we do a large grocery shop and I need 5 bags in order to fit everything in, so carrying the pouch with me into the store, buying the groceries, and when I'm done unpacking at home I put them right back into the pouch and the pouch into my car so it's ready for the next grocery trip in a few weeks. This has helped me to never forget the bags... more of a routine than anything. I can see how these joeybags would work well for someone who just wants one for their purse as well - nice product! I could also see myself using these joeybags for camping and swimming trips as well. Thanks!

Lisa S.
Lisa S.

Disposable plastic bags can easily take over your house if you don't recycle them! I bought a handmade cloth purse from etsy with the sole purpose of tossing in those simple purchases without getting a sposie in return. A joey would be awesome to keep in my purse for the larger purchases. lisasharp123 @ hotmail

Anonymous
Anonymous

Trica, Reusable bags make our world greener and cleaner, makes us breath freshener, smile wider, life healthier ,live longer. Everybody happier. triciachiang@hotmail.com

Justine
Justine

Plastic bags are a horrible waste of resources. Plus, they have a tendency to multiply...before you know it, they are taking over your closet! Lets simplify life and just stick with reusable bags :)justine[dot]vanchena[at]gmail[dot]comThanks Beth!

Anonymous
Anonymous

I stumbled upon your blog and love it. Great info and giveaways!Society in general needs to get back to basics and stop being so wasteful and disposable. Why not start with reusable bags that fit in your briefcase or purse that can be used for everything not just groceries?rafteryb5 at centurytel dot net

Cheap Like Me
Cheap Like Me

The clutter demons LOVE plastic bags. In just a few days, they can spawn many more plastic bags when left to their own devices in the dark space under the sink. But reusable bags are much better at population control. The bags look great!Cheap Like Mecheaplikeme [at] gmail dot com

Anonymous
Anonymous

Hope I'm not too late for Joey bags ... or too far away.Degradable plastic bags don't. Which makes reusable bags much, much better.Janeyjaneyknitting[at]yahoo[dot]ca

bpod
bpod

I also use cloth grocery bags when going on a planned shopping trip, but I like the idea of carrying a "just in case" bag that's so compact and light. Thanks for the give-away opportunity!bpod(at bpod.org)

Anonymous
Anonymous

Oksoimnotperfect (at) yahoo (dot) caRe-useable bags, are designed to be washed an reused... unlike plastic ones that just fall apart when you try to re-use them.

Leigh
Leigh

I really like the looks of these bags. I've been making my own out of old sheets, but they sometimes tear. My #1 reason to not use disposable bags is that it is so easy not to. All it takes is a little mindfulness. (leighadactyl at gmail dot com)

seoulless
seoulless

I used to think "hey, I can just use these plastic bags for rubbish at home"!. But then they slowly accumulated. I was getting more bags than I was using. Soon they fell out in piles and I couldn't open the pantry without plastic bags falling on me. Reusable bags make this pile shrink until it disappears and I find a better way to dispose of my trash! Everybody wins! (especially the environment.)ninja.hampster at gmail dot com

TMC
TMC

Using reusable bags helps make me more mindful of what I'm buying. I won't buy more than what I can fit in the bags that I've brought.

Billie
Billie

Wow! this is great timing - assuming I win. I just discovered that one of my reusable bags is growing a hole.Why you shouldn't use reusable bags - If you don't bring home the disposable plastic bags, they don't breed in your closet causing them to overflow into every aspect of your life.I was always positive that the bags 'breed' in the closet because that was clearly the only excuse that I could find for why they always seemed to multiply.

15%
15%

My boyfriend is a butcher and he's always bringing home that "one thing" we needed from the store, and especially since it's never a huge load of stuff, it would normally be a great chance to start introducing reusable bags (a concept that I fell in love with while visiting Europe) into our house. He's open to the idea, but the ones they sell at the store (and the few I brought home from Europe) are all made out of that fakey cloth, and his hands are a little rough from work and get all kinds of caught on them, so he hates them and won't use them. They also either aren't collapsible or don't have an attached stuff sack.So I'd use the bag to help my well meaning but eco-clueless (I say that as lovingly as possible) boyfriend do something he knows I'd be proud of. -D.R.15PercentGratuity (at gmail)

Anonymous
Anonymous

would love to enter the drawing for the joey bags. i'd stash one in my bike bag and the other in my husband's car so he'd have no more excuses for the plastic he brings home. glad to read i'm not the only cringe-er over plastic bags. i recently had a shudder-cringe attack in public when the bagger put a meat purchase into a plastic bag even tho all my reusable bags were in plain sight at his fingertips. i'm quite certain my shuddering-cringe-gasp-reaction made an impression! he scrambled to un-bag the meat and then proceeded to throw the "contaminated" bag in the trash! i tell you, you can't fall asleep on this job for a second! we are going to "convenience" ourselves right into a dead planet...becky

Dani
Dani

Just one more little way plastic bags make life on this planet less wonderful:The other day I was driving with my windows down and noticed a nasty smell, like burning rubber. When the smell didn't go away, I figured it must be my tires. The next day, I took it to the tire shop. The guy took one look at my car and told me my tires weren't the problem; a plastic bag had melted onto my exhaust pipe! Nothing can be done, and my car is going to stink for a long, long time...Danielle snackitems at gmail.com

Lara S.
Lara S.

I'd love to have those bags because I only have a few old cotton bags. They're too small and the handle is too small. They use to come with shoes when I was little.Here in Argentina the only reusable shopping bags I've ever seen are big, thick plastic ones, extremely colorful and UGLY!! Kind of like this: http://www.sabelcort.com.ar/images/s_bolsa1.jpg ... only uglier!Anyway, I think shipping the bags to Argentina would be quite ridiculous :)

biancasimone
biancasimone

Reusable bags are great because they're always conversation starters! I have one reusable bag that I got from my job (YAY!) and people ask me about it all the time. I also have one that I got that says "Love This Planet" and people want to know where I got it from!Also, here's something to think about: reusable bags are great, but why are we still using the little plastic baggies for our produce? I've caught myself doing it so many times. I need to start packing paper sacks into my reusable bags for the produce!!!Simonebianca dot simone at gmail dot com

Marcie Kahler-Davis
Marcie Kahler-Davis

I would love a Joey Tote! I have a similar style bag by Envirsax and I use it a LOT. These are just as awesome and you can truly never have enough bags!!

Erica
Erica

I have some Chico bags and I constantly say how much I love them. The attached stowing bag is the bast. I have 2 in my purse and I have a *very little* purse, they smoosh up so great.madixrn@gmail.com

Village Green
Village Green

Disposable bags feed into the "convenience" lifestyle that we've been sold for decades. Come in and shop -- you don't have to be prepared for shopping. You don't need to think about what to buy -- just buy on impulse and we'll stick it into a plastic bag or three or more.

Alex Booker
Alex Booker

One major reason to stop using disposable bags is we all know that when a person uses reusable bags, they are 10x cooler :).Alexbooker53 at gmail dot com

MaryLinda
MaryLinda

These Joey bags look even better than what I have been using! For about two years I have been carrying, and using, reusable bags in my car. The bags I have are not as compact, but some are insulated, which is better for the refrigerator and freezer items than other bags. Since I force myself to go back to the car when I forget to take the bags into a store, carrying them in my car has been a good solution for me. Recently I received a free bag that has it's own zipper case, and I carry that in the storage trunk of my scooter, so I have one there too. :-) Therefore I do not need these Joey bags, but thanks for the opportunity to share what I am doing with my reusable bags!

Fake Plastic Fish
Fake Plastic Fish

@EJ -- "Personal change doesn’t equal social change."Where does social change come from? How does it begin? From nothing? Out of thin air? Please explain. No one is saying these small personal acts are all we have to do. But where does the will for social change come from if not from initial changes within individuals?I believe you are missing the point.

Tammy B
Tammy B

i'm an old hat at reusable bags, but there ARE times when an impromptu shopping opportunity comes up and i'm left holding the bag, so to speak. i cringe and feel pretty hypocritical - unless i get a really cool paper bag - thus i need the joey bag! i think i could fit that into evn the smalledst of my handbags (my usual downfall). as for the plastic leftovers, they are at least used, usually passing on things (clothing, produce, etc) to friends and neighbors who don't actually USE reusable bags, but WILL use the plastic ones repeatedly. strange.

sally
sally

Since coming home from India, i'm always on my parents to take their reusable grocery sacks INTO the grocery store, instead of leaving them in the car, or in the pantry, or where ever cloth bags tend to get left. And yet, the last time i went grocery shopping for my parents, lo and behold, i left the whole lot of bags in the car. ::facepalm:: but! I happened to have a chico bag in my purse, plus another cloth bag that fits in its own sack, so between the two of those, i didn't need any disposable bags. poisindonottouch[at]gmail[dot]com

debe
debe

I really hate it when a plastic bag "tumbleweed" blows into my drive gear and pedals, becomes wrapped in my chain while still stuck on my pedals catching my foot so it becomes difficult to extract from the clip when I need to escape from and regain control of my bike as it crashes with my baby trailer behind...on a busy roadway, of course.Debe at 2d56deborah@vfs.com

Greenjoycie
Greenjoycie

I would love one of these bags because, as my children say, "I look like a nerd" with one of those reusable bags attached to my purse handle. One that would be little and scrunch up INTO my purse would be great. Thanks. howdenjoyce@yahoo.com

ratty
ratty

too, Too, TOO much trash! best reason ever to use reusable bags :)

SariJ
SariJ

It takes a lot of water to make plastic bags. They do not last long even if you reuse them. Oh and it takes years in our landfills to breakdown. No more plastic bags please!sarij@sbcglobal.net

Beth
Beth

Because there was never any good reason *to* use plastic bags. edesombr [at] wellesley [dot] edu

cat147
cat147

reusable: because it just makes so much more freakin' sense. do we really NEED to have a thin, crappy plastic bag for every purchase we make? ugh. great giveaway beth! christie.arlotta (at) gmail (dot) com

menelik
menelik

Hey mate!! so... what does a brother gotta do to get some totes?!? Big up and holla if I win, he he!

Anonymous
Anonymous

Upping the StakesForget Shorter ShowersWhy personal change does not equal political changeby Derrick JensenWOULD ANY SANE PERSON think dumpster diving would have stopped Hitler, or that composting would have ended slavery or brought about the eight-hour workday, or that chopping wood and carrying water would have gotten people out of Tsarist prisons, or that dancing naked around a fire would have helped put in place the Voting Rights Act of 1957 or the Civil Rights Act of 1964? Then why now, with all the world at stake, do so many people retreat into these entirely personal “solutions”?...I want to be clear. I’m not saying we shouldn’t live simply. I live reasonably simply myself, but I don’t pretend that not buying much (or not driving much, or not having kids) is a powerful political act, or that it’s deeply revolutionary. It’s not. Personal change doesn’t equal social change.Read the rest here:http://www.orionmagazine.org/index.php/articles/article/4801EJ

Jenni
Jenni

Please stop bringing plastic bags down to the beach, to the park, to the lake. They tend to blow away, horrible for birds, etc.! Thx for the opportunity, Beth!

Lisa Sharp
Lisa Sharp

I would love to win these Beth because I want to keep some bags with me that I can just give to people if they comment on my bags. Like once I had a check out lady say "Wow you have a lot of bags, I only have a couple." If I won these and that happened I would just give her one. :)

Madeline
Madeline

Plastic bags aren't that strong, so I prefer reusable bags because they can carry heavier items.madeline.burchard [at] gmail dot com.

Reece
Reece

Way too much energy used for a plastic bag to be used one time. All those plastic bags in landfills can be prevented. I cringe every time, I see plastic bags on the side of roads, in water, or stuck in a bush/tree. I want to yell " wake up people". jumpgirlreece@gmail.com

Heather
Heather

I've been enjoying your newsletters immensely! Keep up the good work and research.By the way, love the idea one of your commentor's made about making bags out of tank tops/t-shirts. Fabulous idea!

Martin
Martin

These look like pretty good bags. I am stocked up with the locally made reusable bags. I have found out that the stitching that holds the handles on is not going to last 1000 trips. I would never consider putting anything close to 40 lbs of groceries in them either. I usually load up with about 12 pounds per arm. I have seen a few canvas bags mixed in with the used clothing and I might buy one if there is enough congruence or irony in the logo.

felicia
felicia

Plastics bags just don't make sense anymore now that there are other options. I still want to make my own reusable bags out of T-shirts where you sew the bottom of the t-shirt and cut the neck and arms off to leave tank top like handles....just haven't gotten around to it.mikeandfel at hotmail dot com

Pure Mothers
Pure Mothers

I love these bags. I like that they pack into itself. I have some Envirosax bags that roll up and they have an attached snap to secure them. Disposable bags suck. Turtles choke on them.I want to win these bags for my husband. I have a set of Envirosax mentioned above. But when I send my husband out he always forgets to grab the reusable bags in our foyer and returns with plastic. (Which, I of course, reuse for cat litter). I want to stash these in his car and laptop bag!

Carla
Carla

I would love these bags, I often forget mine in the car,bike, etc. and refuse to get one so I end up carrying random items in my pockets or by hand - not practical.Why use reusable bags? It is easy! And, it is like a 'gateway drug' to the reduce-repair-reuse-recycle-do without lifestyle.(will send you my email directly)

knutty knitter
knutty knitter

Plastic shopping bags are no longer an issue here but plastic bread bags!!!!! Ubiquitous and unfortunately unavoidable even in the organic shop.viv in nz

Anonymous
Anonymous

A great giveaway! I think the most important reason to stop using disposable bags is because we need to get away from the whole culture of disposable items and move towards a habit of reusing, repairing, and repurposing. - Rachelfakeplasticfish "at" reinyday.com

Lifestooshort
Lifestooshort

plastic bags stay in the landfill forever! not cool, reusable=cool :)lavery328 at yahoo dot com

just ducky
just ducky

Because all of the cool kids are doing it. And you want to be cool, don't you?:)mayr dot conni at mayo dot edu

Anonymous
Anonymous

I always try to take my reusable bags when I go shopping. I would love the small bags so I can put them in my purse.

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