“Upcycling!” a fancy kind of Recycling!

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I read a lot of magazines.  The pile of magazines that builds up on my night stand is much like the leaning tower of Pisa! Sure I recycle them, but what Ecoist does with magazines is pretty unique and fascinating .  They turn pre-consumer waste; magazines, newspapers, candy wrappers, soda packaging and even outdated New York City maps into Beautiful, One-of-a-Kind Handbags!

They collect these materials from factories that discard them due to misprints and overages, instead of having them end up in landfills!  In the last 4 years, they have saved more than 15 million candy wrappers from going to landfills, pretty impressive!  Taking these materials and repurposing them into a product of higher quality is what they call  “Upcycling” , and some of their Upcycling Partners  include The Coca-Cola Company, Disney, Mars, Frito Lay, Luna Bar, and AVEDA.

Oh and I should probably mention that for every bag bought Ecoist plants a tree! They work with Trees for the Future and have planted  97,321 trees around the world including India, Uganda, Haiti, Mexico, and the United States.  I am in awe of how much one company is doing for our planet.  If  I understand this correctly, by purchasing an Ecoist Bag I can Support “Upcycling”, Help Eliminate Waste and Preserve the Enviornment by Planting a Tree. I guess there is only one thing left to do, decide which bag to buy!

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My 3 Favorites
The Skinny Envelope Oversized Clutch – Coke Classic

Baquette Size Clutch – M & M’s Candy

The Daily Tote – Olive Seeds


Ecoist is GIVING AWAY the Olive Seeds Bag above!
So please enter my Ecoist Giveaway below!

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1.  Tell me how you are Living an Eco-Friendly Life
2.  Re-tweet my Ecoist Giveaway

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  2. I recycle as much as possible, use reusable bags, can my own food, and limit time I spend driving

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  4. I of course recycle, glass,paper, plastics etc. I also bring my own totes to the grocery instead of using their bags. love these stylish recycled wrapper bags…they r fab 🙂

  5. These are great! I love the olive seeds tote. How am I eco-friendly? recycle, use resuable bags at the grocery store, use 30% post consumer waste on my paper products for my business, re-fashion old clothes, we walk to school instead of driving…hmmm I know there are more ways too.

  6. Making a conscious effort to recycle more, and actually upcycling clothing articles into new creations. And I also tweeted this great giveaway 🙂

  7. That bag is beautiful. I’m trying to find “the right purse” now that I don’t have to carry a diaper bag anymore!
    My kids take litterless lunches every day, we recycle everything we can and use our own shopping bags, to name a few things.

  8. We recycle all of are household items and I also try to buy in bulk. I tweeted message (Missybeez80)

  9. Eco- friendly bags are a great start to living green! On a daily basis I carry a Matt and Nat bag. Although, that may change 🙂 It may be a luxury bag but it is also eco-friendly. Day after day my lunch is carried in a reusable lunch bag. I don’t leave home without it and, to top it off, it is the colour green! Another bag that helps me live green are my reusable grocery bags (envirosax) The thing I love the most is that they fit in my purse – so I never run the risk of forgetting them! Ecoist – Your bags are beautiful. Savvy Sassy Moms, thank you for sharing!

  10. Hubby says he provides alot of natural gas! lol
    On a serious note we save our dish water to ater the plants and garden! Also we don’t use paper towels for cleaning etc. I have bought special clothes to re-use, clean and wipe up messes!


  11. I love this bag!!! I have eliminated almost all chemicals from our home (and in turn our waterways, landfills etc.), we also recycle and post items on frecycle to give good items new homes 🙂

  12. I love checking out the local thrift shops and finding lovely vintage items-you can really find some wonderful items to upcycle.

  13. SUPER CUTE bags!! I’m not very green – its on my 2010 list though! I do use reusable bags at the grocery store, and we recycle (as a way to start teaching our 2 year old about reuse, replace, recycle AND adding to her piggy bank savings), and we have changed some of the lights in our house to CFLS.

    Thanks for the great giveaway! LOVE The bags!!

  14. Very Cool! Although they manage to get the Frito Lay smell out of the wrappers before they UpCycle them! I wouldn’t mind walking around smelling like Juicy Fruit gum, but I can imagine myself licking my handbag when I’m a little hungry! LOL

    Around here – we recycle, re-use grocery bags -and we are trying (not there yet) to cut down on plastic baggies!

    I like the Olive Seed one the most –

  15. I try my best to live an ecofriendly life as much as I can! I buy local fruits and vegetables, buy green and recycled products every chance I get, drink water from a brita filter, hardly even use the heater or a/c in the house and of course… recycle every bottle, can, plastic item, etc that I can! Next step on my list is driving a clean diesel car…

  16. I walk to work every day! We recycle all plastic bottles & Cans! I take my own reusable bags to the store.

  17. We use cloth diapers, re-useable grocery bags, and re-useable snack bags or plastic containers for lunches and snacks. We recycle whenever we can. We are working very hard to minimize our footprints 🙂

    That Olive Seeds Bag is ABSOLUTELY gorgeous!! Thanks for the chance to win it!


  18. I recycle for CASH of course & I bicycle EVERYWHERE no car 4 me ……..

  19. This is an amazing company! I love these bags, and love them even more because of all they are doing to give back. We use the re-usable bags at the store and my hubby bikes to work (except in the dead of winter, we live in MI).

  20. We recycle, reuse produts, and just upgraded to energy effecient appliances.

  21. We use reuseable bags, recycle cans, plastic paper etc. and I am a member of freecyle.

  22. I LOVE that bag!! We recycle and use re-usable grocery bags and lunch bags!!

    Thanks for the chance to win and telling us about this great company!!

  23. Cute bag!! We recycle everything we can, use re-usable bags for grocery shopping, use plastic containers for lunches instead of plastic bags, shop at local Farmer’s Markets during the warmer months, keep lights off, keep heat turned down low, shop for used clothes whenever we can and drive fuel friendly cars.

  24. I’m involved with Girl Scouts (both as an employee and as a volunteer in the past), and we have made wallets and little purses out of recycled Kool-Aid packets! Unfortunately, I’m not the craftiest gal around, and mine is…um…interesting. 🙂 I would love to show off somebody else’s handiwork, though! Thanks for the chance!

  25. I tweeted!! 🙂
    h4schaffer at gmail dot com

  26. My family has our own army of reusable shopping bags, we use cloth diapers, we use and reuse glass jars, and we swap baby clothes with friends instead of buying new… we pass on the old stuff to families who need it too.

  27. We recycle, use re-usable grocery bags, switched out our light bulbs to CFL’s. Thanks for the chance – what a great bag and company!

  28. OMG some girl was showing my son’s principal one of those at school today. I LOVE that green color!

  29. We recycle. We use our own bags at the grocery store. We buy used clothing and swap with relatives and friends. Thanks for the giveaway! Love your site.

  30. I recycle more than I throw things away, I have stainless steel water bottles, I bring lunch bags and tupperware to work instead of plastic bags. I reuse utensils and bring ceramic bowls to work when I need a bowl, etc.

  31. That Olive Seed bag has my name all over it. Here’s why:

    I rawk as a green mom because I wade through the freezing snow with my kitchen scrap bucket and crack open my frozen compost bin to empty it. My family of 4 produces 1 not quite full 13 gallon bag of garbage a week and we are working on cutting that in half. My kids help compost and recycle. Before I got a high efficiency washer I would use leftover water from my hot water bottle as well as leftover water from our cups to help fill the washer. I compost an acre of leaves every year in my own yard. Then I use the dirt for gardening projects. I collect batteries from friends, family, and a local daycare that my kids used to go to and recycle them responsibly. I tell other moms at the store with their reusable bags thank you! I could continue, but there are many moms on here that do these very same things and they ROCK too. I can say that I am constantly working on myself as an eco-conscious mom that isn’t preachy to other moms, just hoping to spread the eco-love.

  32. I work to keep my utility bills low year round. This saves cash and resources. I try to keep my condo at 62 in the winter and 80 in the summer.

  33. How I am I living the Eco Chic life/Why should I win this fab bag?
    *My favorite color is Green
    *I have Green Eyes
    *I worship Savvy Sassy Moms 🙂
    *I retweeted this contest
    *I recycle all bottles, paper, plastic
    *I drink wine and recycle the bottles
    *I am all about Eco Chic–especially fashion accessories like this purse, or another I have that is made out of soda can pop tops that people always stop and ask me about
    *I have a June Fifteen Reusable Shopping Bag and LOVE it!
    *I have CFL Low wattage bulbs throughout my house
    *I regularly shop at farmers markets–I try to eat locally sourced produce
    *This Ecoist Olive Seed Bag Rocks and I MUST have it 🙂

  34. I like to resuse items to make jewelry. Of course I also recycle. I did tweet the giveaway @hleveque. Sorry, but I didn’t want to post my password on another site.

  35. I live an eco friendly life by trying not to buy a lot of things I don’t really need. I also recycle and re-purpose things as much as possible.

  36. I tweeted! @hautesinglemama.

    I try to put my money where my mouth is in living eco friendly and support companies that are, among other things!

  37. I have transitioned at least 75% of bath, body, and cosmetic products to eco-friendly versions — and I am working on the last 25%. Thanks!

  38. We have a paper free kitchen that helps with our eco friendly lifestyle! We also recycle a lot of our old clothes into clothes for our daughter!

  39. We recycle everyway possible in our household and we are teaching that to our children. I love it when my 3 year old daughter scolds her father for leaving the water on while brushing his teeth! Love the bag…hope to win!

  40. What a cute bag! I recycle everything I possibly can, use eco friendly cleaners and use reusable totes when I go shopping. They also hold up much better than paper or plastic.

  41. I live an eco-friendly lifestyle by recycling everything possible, reusing lots of products, and purchase products that are packaged (if any) in recyclable materials.

  42. After living in Japan and seeing how recycling can be done easily, we try our hardest to recycle everything we can. (Although, I wish the US was as diligent as some of our neighboring nations). We also make sure to set all appliances to eco-friendly.

  43. Blogging about whole living with style, I’m buying a grass fed cow and I’m considering getting chickens.

  44. My boyfriend & I try to recycle as much as possible. I cant stand to throw any plastic away. I love these little purses, so cute!

  45. We recycle all our plastic, glass and cardboard. Love the bag. The World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta has lots of great recycled products for sale. I’m dying for one of Kathleen Plate’s necklaces too! http://www.kathleenplate.com/

  46. We recycle as much as we can, use reusable grocery bags, buy in bulk, walk instead of drive whenever possible, wash laundry in cold water, use energy saving light bulbs…
    I retweeted your giveaway (username _cmac)

  47. We recycle everything possible at home and at work.

    Thanks for a great giveaway.

  48. Teaching my kids what it means to be Eco-friendly is the most important step I take to be more kind to our environment. We do this in many ways each day, there is always a teaching moment. One way we have been working on this is removing disposables from our life and replacing them with items such as ToGoWare, PeopleTowels, and reusable water bottles.

    tweeted. @amyburba

  49. Living in a small town like I do there is not a lot of Eco-friendly places, so my husband and I are now buying as much eco-friendly stuff as we can. We are also using reusable water. tweeted @beeacutie2

  50. It has been lots of fun to share our passion for recycling with our 8 yo who many times seems to know all about it better than we do!
    we also love how cute the canvas bags are these days that makes it fun to take them with you to the store!
    Thanks for this chance!

  51. We have been a vegan/vegetarian family for over 15 years. We greatly reduce our carbon footprint each day by not eating meat, driving only when necessary, relying mostly on public transportation, using recycled bags when going to the grocery store, composting our scraps, and recycling everything that we can in our daily life. This is our Earth and we have only one chance to leave it behind in a better condition than it is in now for our kids.

  52. We make sure to recycle every article we can in the home and around the apartment complex; toilet paper rolls are used as “play” binoculars and kalidescope for my toddler; we encourage our families to do the same in order to save them money and help the earth 😀

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  54. Could I possibly use the M&M clutch bag image for my IT coursework, I will mention you?

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