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Bullock's Buzz: Engage Green: The Art of Upcycling

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Engage Green: The Art of Upcycling

Messenger Bag Review and GIVEAWAY!

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     Brooklyn, 2007, Leonor Mendoza began to design sustainable upscale and everyday goods which people use in their everyday lives.  Nothing new about that, people do it everyday.  However, what people were not doing everyday was making those products out of what other people considered waste- recycled paper and plastic bottles- therefore turning waste into luxury, and creating her company, Engage Green
     Today Engage Green is leading by example, proving that creating durable and fashionable goods without chemicals or other harmful effects to the environment is not only possible, but is quickly becoming a new way of life.   They have been awarded the Green America Business Seal of Approval for working “to set the highest standards in environmental sustainability and social justice, and work to solve, rather than create, environmental and social problems.”
     Not only are their products green, they are artful and stylish, durable and functional.  These products include purses, messenger bags, umbrellas, backpacks, totes, satchels, bags, wristlets and more, all made from woven recycled paper, recycled plastic, cork, organic hemp and organic cotton.  I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to receive one of their Penguin and Rooster Messenger bags. 
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    This olive green and blue messenger bag is made from recycled plastic (PETE) and is completely waterproof.  To me, it feels slightly similar to canvass and is extremely well made and durable.  The front flap fastens with Velcro and a snap, and has the penguin on a rooster like the Engage Green logo, another penguin and some decorative colors as the design.  There is a small organizer pocket on the front panel with four little pockets that are the perfect size to put pens, pencils, a small notepad, a calculator and more.  Inside there is a zipper pocket and plenty of room for a laptop, notebooks, magazines or whatever else you choose to carry.  It has a cell phone pocket on one side, a mesh pocket on the other and another zippered pocket on the back.  Perfect for school or work, or to use as a laptop case or a funky purse.  I have used it to carry my laptop with cords, discs and more, as an overnight bag and as a bag to carry my library books.  It is very cute, versatile and handy!  I love it!
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                            MESH POCKET                                                                  CELL PHONE POCKET
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     Here are some fun recycling facts I found on the Engage Green website:
  • approximately 18 used plastic bottles (16oz) make 1 yard of Engage Green’s fabric
  • 4800 used plastic bottles (16oz) saves 1 cubic yard of the landfill
  • according to the EPA, 1 pound of plastic containers (PETE) save approximately 12,000 BTU’s per yard
      Check out the Enagae Green website to see all of their awesome, artistically-designed products.  You can also ‘like’ Engage Green on Facebook and ‘follow’ them on Twitter to learn more interesting facts about their products, upcycling and more!  Thanks to Engage Green, one lucky Bullock’s Buzz fan will win their very own Penguin and Rooster Messenger bag, (a $45 value)!  Just enter the Rafflecopter below.  I will contact the winner by email, and they will have 48 hours to respond.  This giveaway will start at 12:01am EST tonight and end on Sept. 17th at 12:01am EST.
GOOD LUCK!!



I received this product for free for the purpose of review. I was not compensated in any other way, nor am I under contract with this company.  All opinions are my own.

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39 Comments:

At September 8, 2012 at 7:59 PM , Blogger Patricia Woolverton said...

I am not a fan of the olive green. The bag is cute but the color has to go. If it was in a different green then it wouldn't be so bad. Nice bag though.

 
At September 8, 2012 at 8:00 PM , Blogger MommaSess said...

I love ecofriendly products! Cute bag it's perfect for my husband to carry around Disney hehe ;)

 
At September 8, 2012 at 8:03 PM , Blogger jusmel said...

I love this ! So cute :) Not my everday bag, but I would totally use it when walking/hiking to carry like my phone/camera ect . Im so distracted by the ridiculously cute logo hahaha a penguin riding piggy back on a rooster, im dying.

 
At September 8, 2012 at 8:25 PM , Blogger Angie Harris said...

I have always love messenger bags. Thank you for sharing this is super cute!

 
At September 8, 2012 at 8:42 PM , Blogger Jerla Oh lalala said...

oh wow! i want to join soon :) that's cute

 
At September 8, 2012 at 8:43 PM , Blogger Angie said...

I love to see a company that's doing more to help our environment in a cool and useful way

 
At September 8, 2012 at 8:49 PM , Blogger Birbitt Thinks said...

That's awesome, I love that it's green and since Penguins are my favorite ever...I love that too! :)

 
At September 8, 2012 at 8:54 PM , Blogger ~ RUDE MOM ~ said...

Very Nice Bag...Love the color combination

 
At September 8, 2012 at 8:59 PM , Blogger Amber Pafford said...

I love that it is a green product and that it is waterproof

 
At September 8, 2012 at 9:01 PM , Blogger Sasha Cory said...

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At September 8, 2012 at 9:02 PM , Blogger Sasha Cory said...

I actually love this bag and the fact that it is Eco-friendly. I really hope to win this one!

 
At September 8, 2012 at 9:09 PM , Blogger Natasha Dythia said...

I love this bag it would go with most of my wardrobe!!!

 
At September 8, 2012 at 9:14 PM , Blogger Diana Stanhope said...

I love the bag; it's adorable! What a wonderful bag and a wonderful concept.

 
At September 8, 2012 at 9:17 PM , Blogger Melinda Dunne said...

I love the bag and the colors. It is great that it is eco-friendly.

 
At September 8, 2012 at 9:54 PM , Blogger Julia Potvin said...

The bag is great! Amazing what the fabric is made from, I sew and I can't imagine
ever thinking they would make fabric from recyclables that is awesome!

 
At September 8, 2012 at 10:00 PM , Blogger Jo Steph said...

Looks awesome!!!!

 
At September 8, 2012 at 10:14 PM , Blogger Megan Kirby said...

I like this bag! Looks pretty cool! Can't wait for giveaway to open up ;)

 
At September 8, 2012 at 10:42 PM , Blogger Malia said...

I love that it's made of recycled materials, and it's waterproof!!

 
At September 8, 2012 at 11:11 PM , Blogger jennifer said...

my son likes green

 
At September 9, 2012 at 11:18 AM , Blogger nicole hendrickson said...

I really like this bag. I like that it'd Eco friendly and the penguin riding the chicken is super cute

 
At September 9, 2012 at 12:45 PM , Blogger Diana Stanhope said...

Aside from this one, which is adorable, I also love the Spanish Mosaic Tote bag.

 
At September 9, 2012 at 1:13 PM , Blogger Alaina Bullock said...

It os sp cute and so many ways to use it!

 
At September 9, 2012 at 1:13 PM , Blogger Alaina Bullock said...

I got a kick out of that too!

 
At September 9, 2012 at 1:14 PM , Blogger Alaina Bullock said...

Isn't it great!

 
At September 9, 2012 at 1:14 PM , Blogger Alaina Bullock said...

I love it too! They make some great stuff!

 
At September 9, 2012 at 1:15 PM , Blogger Alaina Bullock said...

That's one of my favorite things too! The fact that its waterproof and so roomy!

 
At September 9, 2012 at 1:15 PM , Blogger Alaina Bullock said...

I liked that one too!

 
At September 9, 2012 at 5:57 PM , Blogger Birbitt Thinks said...

My favorite is the orange Penguin Messenger bag! :) I love penguins

 
At September 9, 2012 at 6:43 PM , Blogger Go Bronson! said...

I love it! The logo is mass points on the win scale for me too! I could really use something like that round town! (The bag, not a penguin!)

 
At September 10, 2012 at 7:42 AM , Blogger Susan said...

That bag looks adorable!

 
At September 10, 2012 at 11:06 AM , Blogger Andrea said...

This Satchel is so cute. http://www.engagegreen.com/collections/recycled/products/stars-satchel

 
At September 10, 2012 at 6:50 PM , Blogger jusmel said...

I like the totes, nice and big !!

 
At September 11, 2012 at 2:35 PM , Blogger Ali said...

I like this one and a couple others in there. Great review on this bag, very informative with detailed pics! You made me want on!

 
At September 12, 2012 at 9:08 PM , Blogger Stephanie Slater said...

I like the wristlet.

 
At September 15, 2012 at 7:52 PM , Blogger Ronalee said...

I think that the clutch purse is adorable. What a great idea to put a handle on it.

http://www.engagegreen.com/products/clutch-purse

ronaleeduncan{at}aol{dot}com

 
At September 15, 2012 at 8:21 PM , Blogger Leslie Harris said...

foldable backpack

 
At September 15, 2012 at 9:12 PM , Blogger Marjorie Mora said...

Very nice giveaway, Great job xo

 
At September 15, 2012 at 10:48 PM , Blogger Kelly Stallings said...

That bag is so cute! I really love those slightly hippy looking things.

 
At September 16, 2012 at 10:02 AM , Blogger BargainHoundDailyDeals said...

I think that bag is super cute!! Great for all ages! I love the bohemian look!

 

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