Tote Bag: 100% Recycled from Plastic Bottles

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This photograph depicts two million plastic beverage bottles, the number used in the US every five minutes. 24 million per hour. 576 million per day... (for more amazing images, visit www.chrisjordan.com/current_set2.php)

"Running the Numbers: An American Self-Portrait" was a gallery exhibit and a limited edition  book. Ironically the book is already permanently out-of-print less than a year after it was published in a very small print run of 4,000 copies. The project looks at contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics. Each image portrays a specific quantity of something: fifteen million sheets of office paper (five minutes of paper use); 106,000 aluminum cans (thirty seconds of can consumption) and so on. My hope is that images representing these quantities might have a different effect than the raw numbers alone, such as we find daily in articles and books. Statistics can feel abstract and anesthetizing, making it difficult to connect with and make meaning of 3.6 million SUV sales in one year, for example, or 2.3 million Americans in prison.

• Reusable, washable, lightweight, compact
• Extra strong with a lifecycle over 15 years
• Bottles converted, knitted and imprinted in the U.S.
• Same size as a standard grocery paper bag: 12" wide x 19" tall x 6.5" (bottom gusset)
• Weight: 1.3 ounce!
• These wonderful bags have been discontinued in 2010 by the designer/marketer, SmartCycle™ because companies would not order them; the chain stores had already committed to the cheaper, NON-recycled polypropelene bags that you see in every store these days. These cost a little more than the other kind, but these are bags which actually re-use a product that's otherwise adding to the mountains of landfills. We still have a case or two left. PLEASE call the inventor, MIchael Brown, at Smart Cycle™ - 877.310.9649 to ask him to resume producing these amazing recycled, re-useable grocery tote bags!

These are the better solution to the disposable bag problem, but the market chose to go with the cheaper, stop-gap imported from China non-recycled option of non-woven polypropelene. When decisions are left to the market, cheaper always trumps environmentally-responsible. Unless and until the habit of buying water in plastic bottles changes, the glut of mountains of plastic bottles filling the landfills of the world will continue to grow unabated at the rate of 24 million botles every hour. 576 million bottles every day. 4-and-a-third trillion every week in the U.S. alone.

• LIMITED EDITION: when the current remaining supply runs out, no more of these will be made due to the high minimum number that must be ordered from the manufacturer (20,000). Only about 50 are left as of 10/2012.


Valerie P. (July 2009)
love love love these bags. Originally ordered two of them to see how they would hold up and I could not have been more pleased. I managed to carry a gallon of milk and a half gallon of orange juice in the same bag with no problem. Thankful to my son for helping our household go green. Will buy some more of these for our household and will be giving one away to everyone at Christmas time.

Kim F. (July 2009)
These are absolutely the best bags I've ever used. They are easy to fold up and I can fit several of them in my purse to have readily available each time I am at the store. They are strong and durable. I plan to buy more to send with my daughter as she goes off to college this fall.

Carol N. (July 2009)
I love these bags! They fit on the hooks at the store. They are strong and hold lots of merchandise. I bought a few extra on my first order to give to some eco-friendly friends. Everyone loved them so I ordered a few more to give away. There are a lot of bags on the market, but since these are made from recycled plastic bottles they are a great choice.

Stefani G. (June 2009)
First I purchased two SmartCycle® bags and I really liked them, so I purchased four more. They are different from anything else out there. I love the fact that they are made from recycled bottles and the design is nice. I receive many positive comments on these bags. Store cashiers also like them as they fit on the hooks. I love how compact they are. I'd recommend them to everyone!

Christy H. (May 2009)
These bags are absolutely wonderful. They are the perfect size, lightweight and strong. Convenient enough that even my husband, who doesn't like to mess with some of the larger totes, happily grabs up a few of these on his way to the store. They are cute, too – the very first day that I used them I had people behind me in the checkout line asking where they could purchase some.

Suzanne L. (March 2009)
I am very pleased with this product due to its compactness and how lightweight it is. It's easy to keep in my purse. I am training myself to use recyclable bags, but often forget and leave them in the car. With this bag it is right there when I need it. Love the fact that thry are using plastic bottles to make them. Hurray!

Carolyn T. (February 2009)
This shopping bag is my favorite! I've purchased two already and am purchasing more today. It is really strong, and so easily folds back into its attached little pouch, [the handles are] also the perfect hook thingie for those carousels the plastic grocery bags at the stores go on, so it's EASY to bag your own groceries or have the clerk do it for you. I love how compact it is when not in use, as I'm not a 'big purse' kind of girl and can still easily fit 2 of these in my purse at all times! The print makes it all the more fun.

Jennifer D. (December 2008)
These bags are really nice compared to some of the other compact bags I've seen. I like the bottle print which some people don't see right away - definitely a fun conversation piece. But I really like that the mesh material is semi-transparent. This allows me to see what's inside. The size is nearly identical to a plastic shopping bag, but the handles are MUCH more comfortable. Don't be fooled by the mesh - it's incredibly strong! I actually use these for a lot of things I might normally use plastic bags for. General storage of household items hung on hooks, library books, extra carrying bag for the kids' school stuff when their back packs are full. etc. The fact that they are 100% RECYCLED plastic makes them really easy to store a half dozen or so in my purse. Even my husband carries one on him at all times folded up neatly in its little poiuch. Overall great little product.