Monday, September 29

101 post contest: A shout out to the Tree Huggers


Remember me? The accidental tree-hugger with a toddler on her hip?

Yeah, I'm the chick who admits to not bothering to go out and get a recycling bin in the six years we have lived in our home until Buttercup was born. Then all eco-friendly-hell broke loose and I suddenly found myself shunning disposable diapers for cloth, making my own baby food, chasing after my husband in the house to TURN OFF THE LIGHTS when he left a room, and of course, went out and got that recycling bin.

And now, I have one more notch to add to my green belt (right next to that notch for the 100 posts, and all...): The Act2-Green Smart line of laptop jackets, messenger bags, and totes---all ingeniously made from 100 percent recycled pop and water bottles. (I'm a Michigan girl....you may call it "soda" but we call it "pop" here. But I digress...)

I got to take a look at the vertical messenger bag and the tote, and am plenty impressed with both. I review a lot of things, and not all of them make it into my daily repitoire of Things I Actually Use, but both of these bags certainly did.

The messenger, which retails for $74.99, is a (much needed) far cry from the standard black bag I used to use for my laptop, and features padding to protect said laptop, easy access pockets under the flap, a zip pocket in the back, and magnetic flap closures. Both the vertical and horizontal styles are made to hold a 15.4 inch laptop, and feature carrying handles to give your shoulders a break when needed.

And according to Act2, one messenger bag uses 30 bottles, which saves the equivelant of 236 laptop hours of energy!

If that's not enough to make you feel good about buying one of their products, try this one on for size: Since sugust of 2008, Act2 has saved 493,320 plastic PET bottles and 3.8 million hours of equivelant laptop power. And that just flat out rocks.

The Tote has become the surprise favorite because since arriving, it has been delegated for use as "Buttercup's Library Bag." Every time I went prior to getting the tote, I found myself wincing as the librarian handed me a plastic shopping bag with our weekly selection of board books, and I vowed to find something better.

That's where the tote came in. So far, I've shoved it full of 7 board books and 10 CD's at one, and with room to spare.

Another good use would be as a green diaper bag. With plenty of space and an organizational panel and a zippered pocket, this is a perfect choice for taking baby essentials along for a shopping trip. Or use it as a gym bag. Just USE it! And by the way, the 10 bottles it is made from saves the equivelant of 78 laptop hours of energy.

You can check out the rest of the Act2 gear and get a sweet 20 percent off here by using code Fall08. You also can enter to win one of two totes in your choice of color, by visiting the Act2 site and leaving me a berrie (read: comment) telling me which product you'd like to see reviewed next on the blog.

Extra entries are also available if you:
* subscribe to my RSS feed and comment letting me know you did so.
* Blog about the contest and link to the giveaway.
* Non-bloggers can email three of their friends about the contest and CC me on the email. Girl Scout's honor that I will never bother these sweet people. I promise!
* Grab my button and place it on your sidebar, linking to Berrie Sweet Picks. (I'll check!)
* Follow me on Twitter! (nickname: berriesweetest)
Please note all entries MUST include a valid email address to be considered for the drawing! That means that well, all entries must include an email address to be considered valid. Simple enough, right? ;)

I'll pick two names at midnight (EST) on Oct. 5 and post their name to PRIZEYWinners and on my sidebar. The winner has four days from the announcement date to contact me, or an alternate winner will be selected.

161 comments:

Rebecca said...

I would like you to review the Shoulder Bags :D

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I am a subscriber!

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mommyjen99 said...

I think your next product you review should be the shoulder pouches. Good sized for a quick trip out of the house.
thanks
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mommyjen99 said...

I am subscribed through google
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Krissy's World said...

I personally would love for you to review the Shoulder bags :)

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Krissy's World said...

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Shannon said...

The laptop sleeves.

kygirl said...

I would like to see the shoulder bags reviewed, I love the blue one.

Deborah Stinson-editor said...

Yes, please review the shoulder bags. Those look pretty cool. Too bad they're only in two colors, but I'd still like to have one! sierramuse8@aol.com.

amyinkamloops said...

Briefs would be interesting to review. Great blog!

Thanks

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Jesica said...

oh definitely the shoulder bags!

Jesica said...

I'm subscribed through google reader!

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Ginny said...

I'd like to see the Shoulder bag reviewed :)

danosor said...

I am a subscriber.

dawns41 said...

Review the shoulder bags please!
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Kristie said...

I'd like to see the Tote Bags.

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Kristan said...

i'm curious about the horizontal messenger.
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gkstratos said...

The Briefs look cool.
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magidraki said...

Maybe the laptop jackets.

magidraki said...

Also, I've subscribed via Google reader.

mrs.mommyy said...

agree the shoulder bags too

AmandaSue said...

I like the shoulder pouches so that would be a nice product for you to review :)

Lori said...

The laptop jackets, please.

Damla said...

Shoulder bags.

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mamamymy said...

I subscribed!!!

mverno said...

the shoulder bag is nicw

mamamymy said...

I am interested in the laptop sleeve!!!

Anonymous said...

shoulder bags-d

mjenningsdesigns said...

I would so love to win this one! I have you on my sidebar :-)

Stopping by to say Hi!

Melissa

Karen said...

Great Site :)

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Maja said...

Shoulder bag.

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TXsunlover said...

Laptop sleeves. Thanks for the chance to win your great giveaway!
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TXsunlover said...

I'm a subscriber!
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Sassy Pink Boutique said...

Lap top sleeve!

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Sassy Pink Boutique said...

Subscribed through reader.

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rosannepm said...

Reviewthe laptop jackets

reb said...

I would also love to see the shoulder bags reviewed.

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piece of me said...

The shoulder bags look really cool. My favorite is still the tote though.
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Baba said...

Review the shoulder bag. Would this be great for a camera?

Beverley said...

Laptop sleeves.

Ashley said...

Would love to see the laptop sleeve reviewed!
Thanks for sharing.

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Lisa C. said...

I would have to say the shoulder bags

janetfaye said...

I would like to see the All Around Lap Top Jacket reviewed.

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janetfaye said...

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elaine said...

I would like to see a review on the All Around Laptop Jacket-they look great!
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Anonymous said...

I think the messenger bags should be reviewed next.
-Terra
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Meredith said...

I would like to see the laptop sleeve reviewed!

~Meredith
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denyse said...

I'd like to see a review on the shoulder pouches.

Kasey P said...

I'd like to see a review of the Shoulder bags.
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Deborah said...

I would like to see your review the laptop bags.

coriwestphal said...

I'm gonna say the notebooks and folders. I'm curious if it's really worth the energy to recycle into products like this. Thanks for the great contest!

jenna said...

I think a review of the Shoulder Bags would be great!
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Abby said...

The shoulder patches look cool!

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Sunnyvale said...

Not sure, maybe the bags.

hminnesota said...

I would choose laptop bags
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Garett and Maquel Christopher said...

The laptop sleeves
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pintolinda said...

I would like to see a review of the shoulder bag.
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LadyBug-Kellie said...

The lightweight brief would be good to review. Holds everything all in one place!!

Sharon said...

laptop bags for sure...thanks

Hayley said...

I'd like to know more about the laptop sleeve!

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Lesley said...

I'd love to see a review of the tote - even though now I have children having to carry the tote is a bit impractical when you need both hands free!
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Lesley said...

I am subscribed.

Jenn S. said...

I would find a review of the shoulder pouches most helpful.

Stacy said...

Small diaper clutches, for shorter trips.

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Bunny B said...

I'd love to see the laptop jackets

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Bunny B said...

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Button on sidebar

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Tobye said...

I'd like to know about the notebooks and folders. thanks!

tatertot374 said...

Thank you for having this! I really like the Veritcal messenger bags as well. Thank you!
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RE said...

I'd like to see the tote bag or sholder bag reviewed. Thanks for the great giveaway!

Pat said...

I'd like to see you review the Lightweight Briefs.
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Millie said...

I would so love a laptop bag! thank you for the chance to win such a great prize!

Millie said...

I have your button on my blog :)
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Chrissy said...

I'd love to see a review of the shoulder bag. Thanks :-)

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Sara said...

laptop sleeves

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mimi said...

review laptop jackets..i subscribed to your newsletter also

thanks for a great giveaway
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sarah said...

i'd like to see a review of the briefs bag.

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Berry said...

I like the laptop sleeve idea, you should review it.

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Berry said...

I'm a subscriber.

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dolls123 said...

Laptop Jacket

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Kari said...

Add me to the "shoulder bag" votes. :)

Nadia said...

I'd love for you to review the laptop sleeves. My laptop needs one badly.

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Jess said...

I'd like to see the shoulder bags reviewed - they look awesome!

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Anonymous said...

hope to win
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Anonymous said...

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SeahorseLady said...

I would love to read your review on the laptop sleeve since this is still all pretty new to me.

SeahorseLady said...

I'm also a subscriber.

Andrea said...

Review the shoulder bags!!! They look way awesome and i'd love to get your thoughts on them. Thanks.

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Andrea said...

I have your button on my blog. Thanks.

kaylee8 said...

I would love to see you review the Shoulder bag!

laura said...

I'd like to see the 'brief' reviewed, as it looks like a nice option (maybe christmas?) present for my husband. Thanks! laurachilton {at} hotmail {dot} com

laura said...

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laura said...

Your button is on my sidebar: chil-koffs.blogspot.com
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laura said...

I emailed 3 friends, thanks.
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K. Cleaver said...

I think you should review the Green Laptop Green Sleeves.

K. Cleaver said...

I subscribed to your feed.

zwriter said...

Please review the laptop sleeves.

tiffanybeth said...

SUBSCRIBED VIA GOOGLE READER

tiffanybeth said...

THE SHOULDER BAGS ALL THE WAY

missdenise said...

Totes Leaf Green Eco' Brella Folding Umbrella

Julie D said...

The shoulder bag would be awesome.

Julie D said...

I have your button on my blog.

Brenda S. said...

I think your next product you review should be the shoulder pouches. Thanks!!!

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silverbele said...

This would be great for traveling.

Peggy said...

I would like your next product you review to be the Laptop jacket,looks so nice.
Count me in
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Anonymous said...

All Around Lap Top Jacket

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paula h said...

I'd love to see one of their Shoulder Bags reviewed.

Rachel said...

shoulder bags

judybrittle said...

The Shoulder Bags those really look great.

judybrittle said...

I'm subscribed

layla said...

You should review the Totes. They look really roomy.
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layla said...

I'm a subscriber.
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calgirl said...

I would like you to review the laptop jacket.

bonobo said...

The shoulder bag, for sure.

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phogle said...

I would love to win the shoulder bag

ali said...

I'd love to see the Laptop Green Sleeves reviewed!

Thank you SO much. alison523 at gmail dot com

spiffikins said...

Would love to see a review about the shoulder bag next!

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Timster said...

I would like you to review the Shoulder Bags.

Reeva said...

review the shoulder bag next please :) great contest!

i hope i'm the lucky winner :)

Candie said...

The briefs would be good for you to review. It brings out the professional woman in all of us

purango said...

I would like to see the commuter Lightweight Brief reviewed. garrettsambo@aol.com

arvard said...

I like the shoulder bags.

Roseann K. said...

Comments on the shoulder bags please! thanks!

Gianna said...

The laptop sleeves :)

phogle said...

Library bag is great .
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tiff said...

Please review the laptop sleeves! I'm curious to know more about those.

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Jennifer said...

I think you should review the Shoulder bag, they look like great bags! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Anonymous said...

Review the laptop sleeves please.

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Diana C said...

I am interested in the laptop jacket; this is a product I have never seen reviewed.

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Tammy said...

The tote bag, I love totes so much

Anonymous said...

I would say the shouldar bag, for sure!

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klp1965 said...

the messenger bags :)

joannaonthelake said...

I would love to see the All Around Laptop Jacket reviewed next on your blog. It looks like a super cool product and I am most definitely interested in learning more about it.
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lisawonbig said...

shouldar bag

rangrace said...

Always need a good large bag

Angie said...

I would like you to review the "Tote Bags".

The reason I say this is I use a tote bag a lot! The problem is things get spilled, accidentially, of course! Then my tote is stained, it won't come out and it is ruined to me!

If you choose to review the Tote bags, do they wipe up/off easily from soda stains, baby food stains,etc?

Thank you for considering this review!
baileybobby6@hotmail.com

sharon said...

definitely the shoulder bags for next review

Samantha P said...

i'd like to see a review of the laptop jacket!

Samantha P said...

also a subscriber!

donna444444 said...

Please review the totes.
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donna444444 said...

I am sorry, I meant to messanger bag.
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donna444444 said...

I subscribed
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donna444444 said...

I put your button on my blog.
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Anonymous said...

I need more tote bags now that we are going green.
Kathy
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Icetwofire said...

I would have to say the laptop sleeves, thank you.

masonsgranny59 said...

laptop jackets.

lilyk said...

I love the Shoulder Bags!

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tatertot374 said...

I was lucky enough to win and I love it! Thank you so much!