1 bag at a time – a contest/giveaway

Vitamin Cottage reusable bag

UPDATE: The winner of the bag is Ellen L. Freeman! Congrats!

A few months ago, I was shopping at Vitamin Cottage (the only natural foods store in my city) and I noticed that, in addition to their usual canvas grocery bags for sale, they also had some new reusable bags for sale and they were only $.99 each. While I’d always wanted some of the canvas bags, I couldn’t justify the price, so instead I would just reuse my plastic bags time and time again until they wore out. However, with these new bags selling at only $.99 a pop, I could refuse no longer and bought several.

I later discovered that the bags are part of the 1 Bag at at Time project. Check out the site, it’s pretty cool.

From 1 Bag at at Time:

Each of our bags is designed:
to replace 2 paper bags or up to 4 plastic bags each time it is used.
to be used weekly for two years or more.
to replace up to 416 plastic bags over its entire lifetime.

So far, 1 Bag at a Time has sold over
600,000 reusable bags

Over the next 2 years, these bags together will save:
249.6 million plastic bags.
Enough petroleum to drive a car 17,828,572 miles.
Up to $42,432,000 in disposal costs.
That’s enough money to pay 891 full time teacher salaries!

These bags are wonderfully sturdy and durable and were so worth the cost. I use them whenever I shop at Vitamin Cottage as well as when I go to the other grocery store (Safeway). I’ve actually received several compliments on them by the checkers at Safeway. They are so impressed with how sturdy they are and how much more food you can fit into them. 🙂 I tell them to go to Vitamin Cottage and get some for themselves. 😉 Maybe I should tell them to tell their manager so that Safeway can start selling them too.

These bags are so functional I use them for more than just grocery shopping. Just today I used one for our towels, a diaper, clothes and some snacks when we went swimming with some friends at one of the city pools. They are so handy!

On one of my recent trips to Vitamin Cottage, they were giving away a free bag if you already had one or more, so I saved mine (it’s brand new and never been used) and would like to give it away to someone who can use it. It looks just like the one pictured above.

All you have to do to enter the contest is leave me a comment stating something “green” that you are doing to help make the world a better place. Please make sure you include a valid email address so I can contact you if you win. If you want to mention the contest and link to it on your blog, that would be super cool, but not required. Contest ends at midnight on Aug. 25 and the winner will be selected at random and announced later that day. Thanks! 🙂

34 thoughts on “1 bag at a time – a contest/giveaway”

  1. Hey! I’ll have to take a picture and show you MY Vitamin Cottage bag that I got while vacationing in Longmont this summer!!! When I was there they were doing the 1 bag at a time deal, too, and that’s how I got mine! I still use it every time I go to the grocery store- I take my own ecobags and they all are held nicely in my Vitamin Cottage bag! I also use my Vitamin Cottage bag for heavier items since it’s a bit more sturdy and tall than my mesh bags. You can also find me with it at the park packing our snacks in it, too…


  2. I would love a nicely sized reusable bag. I may have to go buy some anyway. I’ve been trying to make an effort to be more “green”.

    One thing I try to do is refill my reusable water bottles rather than buying water when out. It’s not much, but I figure all those disposable bottles add up.

  3. I am so excited that these are only 99 cents. Wow! I’m ready to stock up.

    Let’s see, where do I start with my newly founded green-ness? I’ve learned so much in the past few weeks (literally) and here’s what I’m doing so far –
    – switching to cloth diapering
    – throwing out all my toxic cleaners, lotions, and soaps
    – reusing plastic water bottles
    – buying organic foods
    – composting, starting a garden next year!

  4. I don’t have a Vitamin Cottage here but that looks exactly like the bag I bought at Giant grocery store for 99 cents. If it’s the same, I must say it’s awesome, so sturdy indeed! AND it’s the bag I receive the most compliments on from checkers, out of all my more stylish bags like envirosax, b. happy, eco-bags…all those are much cooler but none as functional.

  5. These are cool eh. Our supermarkets here are introducing them too (at .99cents). I’m gradually getting a collection of them for groceries. And they are so handy for other uses too.

    P.S. Don’t worry about entering me into this one.. I have plenty of bags 😉

  6. Very cool giveaway. I actually started gathering up extra fabrics to make my own re-usable bags. We use so many plastic bags and hubby just throws them away. It urks me, because I tell him repeatedly I want to save them to recycle or reuse at the store.

    Not only does it look prettier (LOL I am alll about pretty 😉 ) It does so much to save for the environment!

  7. Cool give-away!
    We’re a vegan family so cows don’t fart and emit methane gas for our food ; )
    Don’t enter me to this contest because it would create unnecessary carbon emission sending this bag from US to UK : )

  8. I’d love a bag =)

    I have 2 cloth grocery bags that I use (big ones!) when I remember them =/ I also use cloth diapers and I’m working on switching from paper napkins to cloth at home.

  9. I love your contest!!!! Something green!!!! I use cloth everything!!! Meaning, vloth diapers, facecloth to wash the bum, cloth pads (feminin product) cloth napkins, and our new addition cloth “toilet paper” My husband was excited when I told him that we will be switching from paper to cloth in this area because we (I) use a lot because being a girl I visit the little girl room a lot!!!! 🙂

  10. Great giveaway! Reusable bags don’t have to cost a fortune to be great! In fact, why do people charge so much for something that is supposed to be ‘greener’? At our house, we use cloth diapers, and since we started, I’ve become disgusted with how gross disposables are. We also have our own garden, and I can a few things like cucumbers, salsa, pizza sauce, jams, and we eat tons of fresh fruits and veggies all summer long!

  11. Sounds like a neat bag! I have recycled everything I can since I learned about it in grade school. I reuse whatever I can and if I have something I no longer want but it’s not broken, I give it to a thrift store so someone else can get some use out of it.

    PS – I’d love to be on your Maya’s Mom blogroll. We are friends there (callista83.) It’s up to you of course but ifyou like my site…. 🙂

  12. i’m glad to see all of these green ideas! 🙂

    i should probably add in my own “green” things as well…

    – we use cloth napkins that my mom made (thanks, mom!).
    – we cloth diaper 95% of the time.
    – i use my reusable grocery bags most of the time (once in a while, i forget).
    – we changed most of our lightbulbs to CFLs.
    – we recycle
    – we compost
    – my husband uses public transportation to get to work

    that’s all for now. 🙂

  13. Excellent giveaway Amy, I’ve put a link to your competition on my site 😉

    No need to enter me into the draw, living in Ireland, I have cloth bags coming out my ears!

    My eco-things:
    -currently using compostable nappies, switching to cloth soon
    -all reusable grocery bags
    -no car, hubbie cycles to work
    -extended breastfeeding, saving on formula tins & sanitary products for me! (obviously that’s not the reason for it, it’s a good bonus though)
    -organic food for the little monster, and us when we can manage it
    -reduce, reuse, recycle wherever possible


  14. I’d love another cloth bag for my shoppin! We have a handful but when you get 8 bags of groceries at a time (eeks!)….you can always use more.

    Let’s see….here are a few things we do….
    •My hubby cycles to school
    •We cycle as a family, pulling our 3.5 yo on a Trail A Bike and the other kiddo in a Burley trailer
    •We are almost vegan but heading back towards being veggies
    •Buy from local farmers when we can
    •Make my own natural home cleaners
    •Use environmetally friendly detergents
    •Use a DivaCup which rocks!

    I’d love to make my own produce bags for shopping too but am wondering what material would be the best to do so out of. If anyone knows could you post it or let Amy know so that she can tell me? I’m thinking something light for weighing purposes and something that won’t get totally gross with the water used to keep veggies “fresh” in the market. 🙂

  15. I just replaced all of our light bulbs with Eco Bulbs. We also use the new concentrated Purex. The formula uses less water, the bottle is smaller and is made out of less plastic. Currently I’m waiting on a set of envirosax, I’d love to add your bag to my collection.

  16. Thank you so much for doing this! We gave reusable grocery bags for christmas two years ago, and they were a big hit. I ordered organic cotton bags from a wholesaler online, cloth paint from Oriental Trading Company, and got to decorating a bag for each family member and friend. It took hours to make them all up, but in the end we knew we were handing out gifts everyone could use, that would help the environment.
    It makes me happy to see other people embracing the reusable bag!!

  17. cute bags! I see similar things all over the place and always think I should get one — When we lived in the UK we had these really cool tubs we used for our groceries instead of bags. It was so easy to shop and unload the groceries. We don’t have the same thing here but I wish we did!

    The bags would be the next best thing.

    We recycle as our main thing, but we’re always looking for ways to cut waste. We reuse our plastic water bottles, I just fill up from the fridge and try to cloth as much as possible. Our kids are all potty trained so we don’t need diapers.

    I’m always looking for new ideas and you’ve given me some good ones. Thanks!

  18. Hi all — I use canvas bags to shop everywhere –if by chance I forget I always ask for paper or carry out to my car in hands and purse. I also am slowly going digital by not printing but saving and reading articles and books electronically. I work at a small college and I offer free PDF’s for all the professor’s there. I drive an insanely small car becuase it gets 40-42 mpg — I crawl into the back to hook Kay into his carseat 🙂

    yeah!! go green!

  19. We use organic goat milk soap

    Be are doing the 100 mile diet and buying locally

    I make my own baby food

    I make my own baby carriers

    we recycle

    darn! I can’t think of anything else right now!

  20. One of the things I do is recycling:

    any un-reusable brown paper bags into our compost… We don’t get many of these from the store as the majority of them hear use plastic. We reuse the plastic bags as much as we can before they break on us. Any extras we accumulate go back to the store in the recycling depots (which are round cardboard barrels that you put your plastic bags into).

    We also pick up any aluminum cans and take them to the recycling center.

    We don’t subscribe to a newspaper… one less that has to be delivered, printed… although it probably doesn’t make a big difference what with the newspapers printing so many extra ones for newstands.

  21. We’ve recently switched to paper at the till. The kids get a blast out of all the paper and make forts and castles with it.

    Both kiddos wore/wear cloth diapers and we when we move I’m going to start composting.

    I bought a water butt for my parents and they love it and think we’ll get one here as well.

    I refill plastic bottles and explain to my dh the fallacy of buying individual bottled water over a big carton- one step at a time with him.

    When we were in Europe we sorted our rubbish into 5 or so different categories. The trash man came every day collecting something different. The kids had a lot of boxes to use for model building or cutting up.

    I try to not to accept new bags if I have a bag already at the register. Bags get really full. If I’m out the the stroller this is an easy fix. Everything goes underneath the little guy.

  22. I’m going green with an ugly taupe power strip! Did you know that your electronics use most of their energy when they’re “off”? That little red light or standby mode can make up to 75% of your energy bill. I plug all my electronics (except the alarm clock) into the strip, then click it off when I’m going out or just not watching TV. We also have a houseful of ‘twisty lites’, those little flourescent bulbs. Our bills are a little lower and I’d like to think the world is a lil’ greener.

  23. I’d love to win this, I really need a few of these! Let’s see, I have always been environmentally conscious so some of the things we do around here are: turn off water while brushing, using CDL lightbulbs, turning off lights, electronics, etc when not in use; unplug unused electronics & appliances when not in use; wash all laundry except linens in cold water, cut down on driving (combine errands, stay home more often). I’m also working on switching back to mainly glass products to cut out the harmful plastics (which is very hard to do, plastic is everywhere!) Well those are a few of the easy things we are doing that barely affect our lives! Hope I win, thanks for offering!

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