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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Review: BlueAvocado Reusable Bag Set from Reuseit.com

Do you find yourself at the grocery store and either forgetting your reusable bags or wishing you had better ones? I love reusable bags. They hold more than those plastic bags, are easier to carry and help save the environment, because they aren’t clogging up a landfill for a million years. Reuseit.com asked me to review any of their reusable totebags and I jumped at the chance, because these are items that are always multi-purpose for home and travel.

Reuseit.com is committed to saving the planet through reusable products, like lunch bags, tote bags, bottles and more. I’m totally on board with a company like that. Some of their products are even made with recycled materials. I asked to review the BlueAvocado Starter Set that comes in two attractive color choices – burgundy and lime – both of which are great for men or women.

The set came at the perfect time: right before Thanksgiving, so I tested it out buying dinner fixings. The starter kit comes with 3 bags that all stash in the one bigger bag and fold up and you can buy other gro-pak bags to make your set bigger. This set comes with the pak carry-all bag, veg produce bag and pod stuff n’ go bag. Pod folds into its own pouch and then clips onto pak with a carabiner clip, while veg fits in the mesh pocket inside pak. The set can hold up to 50 lbs of product, has wide durable straps that comfortably fit on your shoulder and would also be an awesome set to take on trips where you plan to do shopping of all kinds or visit farmers markets.

Many things fit in all three bags and even though they were heavy, they were still easy to carry. As you can see, I was able to get a good deal in the big bag and probably could have fit more if I tried. The same with the pod tote. Only the veggie bag was stuffed full, but it held up well and none of my veggies were squished.

The gro-pak line of bags is made from recycled materials and replaces 8 plastic shopping bags per trip. They were created by women and 1% of the sales are invested in women entrepreneurs around the world via kiva.org. They pledge to keep 1 billion plastic bags off our streets this year. With many cities across the nation (and world) banning plastic bags, this great set will really help make shopping easier. Because it folds and stores easily, you can tuck it in your purse, when you leave the house and then you won't forget your bags in the car. Also, they are  washable, so when they get dirty, you can throw them in the washing machine, let them air dry and they will be ready to go for your next shopping trip!

BlueAvocado makes many other bags, as well as gro, a multi-use bag, and chill, a PVC-free insulated bag, that go along with this set, and Reuseit.com sells a ton of other functional and stylish bags and products to help make your travel and home shopping easier and eco-friendly. I am so thrilled with this set, that I'll be taking it with me on trips where I will be planning on hitting the grocery store. Also, my mom was so excited about it, she asked for a set for Christmas. 

So, if you have a environmentalist on your holiday list, this is great idea for them and reusable tote bags are an ideal alternative to gift wrap and traditional gift bags. You will be the most creative gift-giver at your exchange this year!

Please note: This review was sponsored by reuseit.com and they provided me with product; however, all opinions are 100% my own.

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