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 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.