Thursday, October 14, 2010

GreenSmart Review and Giveaway


I travel quite a bit for work and pleasure and tend to be REALLY tough on my luggage and other travel gear. So I'm always buying travel gear for it's strength and durability, not really for how eco-friendly it is. So when I stumbled upon GreenSmart and their line of backpacks and messenger bags I thought "perfect!"! A great way to be eco-friendly with some of my travels.

I was already familiar with GreenSmart as I bought one of their fabulous Laptop Sleeves over a year ago while on the hunt for an eco-friendly way to protect my computer so I knew GreenSmart was a great company. What I didn't know was how durable their messenger bags, specifically the Baringo Messenger Bags were going to be. Because, really, how durable can something made out of 31 plastic bottles really be?

The answer? EXTREMELY durable! I flew with my GreenSmart Baringo Messenger Bag this past week on my trip down to Mexico. While there it also moved around the resort with me quite a bit as you had to go to the lobby to gain internet access and I was awaiting some news from back home so I checked my email once a day or so. And like I said, I am rough on my gear! I like to be quick getting through security and the Baringo allowed me to quickly remove my laptop and went through the scanner just fine on it's own (not in a bucket). Then while one the plane it fit perfectly under the seat in front of me and even allowed room for my feet to stretch out. And even after being kicked on two whole flights, thrown through 3 x-ray scanners, and tossed around a hotel for a week, it looks like new!

So how much can 31 plastic bottles turned into a messenger bag hold? Quite a bit, actually! I fit not only my 15.4" laptop in there, but also some extra padding, my dSLR camera, two lenses, my flash, and some CF cards along with my spare batteries and chargers. On top of that I squeezed in my DS Lite, iPod, and a set of headphones. The front pocket of the Baringo Messenger Bag was perfect for holding my itenirary, passport, and tickets so they were safe and easy to access.

My only complaint about the GreenSmart Baringo Messenger Bag is the lack of zipper or snap of some sort in the main compartment and a secure way to latch the flap. It attaches through to magnets in the front, but when loaded full the magnets wouldn't attach. So the flap could flop open and reveal everything held inside. This made going through security easier, but made my worry about something falling out of the bag. However, nothing did, in fact everything seemed nice and secure in the bag, but I still worried.

What I Love: The GreenSmart Baringo Messenger Bag is durable, eco-friendly, and very attractive! It holds a lot and fits well underneath an airplane seat even when packed full. If you travel a lot like I do, you know how valuable this is! The price is also very decent for the quality of this product!  I also really love the variety of colors and options available!  This bag would also make a fantastic eco-friendly Diaper Bag!  It's roomy with a ton of pockets, perfect for cloth diapers, cloth wipes, and a wet bag!

What I Don't Love: Lack of snap, zipper, or other way to secure the main comparment and the flap besides the magents. But that's it!


BUY IT!

GreenSmart sells a wide variety of Backpacks, Laptop Sleeves, Messenger Bags, Lunch Boxes, Bottle Koozies, and Wine Totes. Each product is made very durably using recycled plastic bottles, saving them from land fills!

The Baringo Messenger Bag is the most expensive option of GreenSmart Messenger Bags and sells for $99.95 on the website. However, there are two more affordable and equally wonderful options; the Narwhal ($79.95) and the Puku ($89.95). The investment is well worth it- these strong bags will last you years and years even with lots of abuse and use!

Another favorite product of mine is the GreenSmart Laptop Sleeves. They are well padded but not bulky and sell for $24.95-44.95 on the GreenSmart Website.

These would make great gifts for a college student, new Mom, or business professional who likes to travel!


WIN IT!

I cannot believe I get to offer one luck reader a GreenSmart Baringo Messenger Bag! This is a $99.95 value and is worth way more than that! Made of 31 recycled plastic bottles, this messenger bag has many uses and is also very eco-friendly from a great company!

Mandatory Entry: You must do this for all other entries to count and to be entered in this giveaway! Head on over to the GreenSmart.biz and tell me one other product besides the Baringo Messenger Bag that you woud like to own.  Please include the NAME of the product or the entry will not count!  You must also be a  public Google Friend Connect Follower of my blog (widget to the right).

Don't forget to leave an e-mail address so I know where to contact you if you win! You only need to post your e-mail on one entry.

Extra Entries: Please write a new comment for each additional entry. If something is worth 2 entries, be sure to leave two comments. For example: "I follow you #1" and "I follow you #2" should be two different comments.

-VOTE FOR ME in Ecover's 30 Under 30 Contest (click on the "Vote Now" tab when you get to that site and look for "Blog Button by Jaye Reilly" to vote). You can vote once a day, I think, and earn TEN ENTRIES each time you vote. The voting runs from November 1-5 so you can earn up to 50 entries if you vote daily! Please help support me and my blog by voting!

-Follow GreenSmart on Facebook and comment with your name

-Follow GreenSmart on Twitter and comment with your username

-Make a GreenSmart purchase during the course of this giveaway. I will confirm the purchase if you win. (worth 10 entries!)

-Network with me. There are four ways to do this- Twitter, Facebook, RSS, and email subscriptions. Buttons are on the left sidebar. (worth 1 entry per method)

-Tweet about this giveaway. You can use this Tweet or write your own: Win a @BeGreenSmart Baringo Messenger Bag @EFandFrugal! A $100 value! Ends 11/04 http://bit.ly/djJ39Q #green #giveaway #eco  (2 Tweets per DAY-at least 2 hours apart- 1 Entry per Tweet)

-Add my button to your blog's sidebar and link me to your blog (worth 3 entries)

-Vote for me on Top Mommy Bloggers. Voting button is on the left sidebar (worth 2 entries)

-Make a comment on a non-giveaway post on my blog (worth 1 entry per post commented on)

-Enter another active giveaway (links in the right sidebar, worth 1 entry per giveaway entered, more coming soon!)

-Follow at least one blog who's button I have on my left side bar (worth 1 entry per blog followed!)


This giveaway is open to my readers who are 18 year of age or older with a US mailing address and will end on November 4th, 2010 at 10PM Pacific Time. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be selected. Good luck, everyone!


Fine print...
GreenSmart provided me with a free product at my request for the purpose of this review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. All opinions expressed are my own. I was not paid to write this review.

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Terri said...

I like the black Kea backpack

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I would also like the
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PAIGE said...

I really like the Bowhead wine tote.
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nick said...

KEA PACKBACK IN BLACK

Angie said...

i like the bowhead wine tote

Justine McD. said...

I also like the 17"-Akepa (Laptop Sleeve), its nice to see ones made for larger laptops (mines a 17.3" though :( )

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julis55 said...

I like the black Kea backpack

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littlelatina said...

I like the green bag

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I like the kea backpack

Ginger Bergemann said...

I like the Indri backpack too!
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Arlene said...

I would like the Netbook Ateka in Melon color.
The GreenSmart Baringo Messenger Bag in the Ocean Blue is the one I would like to win
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Brad said...

I like the Kea backpack

sksweeps said...

I'd like the Puku #4414 in black! Neat company and great products! Go Green!

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SouthernSnow said...

I like the Margay in licorice!

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I follow GreenSmart on Facebook
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EBJ said...

I like the 17" Komodo laptop sleeve.
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Elizabeth Glass-Turner said...

I also like the "Mandrill" backpack!

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- Marybeth I. said...

I like the javan lunchbag

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h. mcnaron said...

gfc follower.
I love the puku bag-- the black color is best.
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doozercries said...

i like the manatee medium bottle koozie.

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VABookworm87 said...

I love the olive Mandrill backpack :D

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Jean said...

I like the Manatee-Medium
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The Fam said...

I like the Bowhead wine tote!

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llinda29 said...

I like Puku

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AlaskanAlison said...

I would get the finback wine tote & I'm a follower.

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Pamcakes said...

I like the Kea Backpack

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I really like the Kea Backpack

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meeyeehere said...

The Javan lunch tote would be really great to have!Oh,I am already a follower
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Mel said...

I love the Javan in the Eggplant. Looks to be right size for me and come to think of it, I do need a new lunch bag...

Big Girl's Don't Cry said...

I like the bowhead wine totes!

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ranya112 said...

I liked the Kea backpack.

Mrs.Smitty said...

I also like the Mandrill Bag in Olive
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Dawn said...

I like the Javan lunch box in blue ice
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Carolyn G said...

I like the magrill backpack!!

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oops I meant mandrill backpack for the mandatory entry. DOH!

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pickledseeds said...

I'm a follower. I like the Javan in eggplant.

Lindsey said...

I also like the Javan lunch bag!
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love this bag - Mandrill

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HomemadeBaby said...

The Javan lunch bag is cute!
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Mrs. M said...

I like the Margay lunch box.

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dawns41 said...

I like the Puku Messenger Bag in Olive.
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Nancy said...

I would like the MacBook Akepa sleeve in purple!

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I like the Margay eggplant colored lunch bag.

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