I love to accessorize, especially with great handbags! I have to admit I have a bag addiction. I love totes, handbags, small purses, backpacks... if it's a bag- I love it. It's important to have a bag variety to match your outfit and shoes. Not to mention, bags to carry while you're out with your child and ones when you're solo. That makes a BIG difference!
This month, HealthyStuff.Org did a study on women's handbags and the results were insane! 79 bags came back with high levels of lead or PVC, 30 bags came back with medium levels, and only 9 came back with low or no levels of toxic chemicals. Yes, 9 came back safe. Now this test was done before the bags were in use. Think about all of the germs your bags pick up after being left on floors, chairs, shopping carts and other places. Talk about a germ/toxic infested nightmare. Granted, we don't put our handbags in our mouths... but still the thought of carrying around any level of lead is disturbing.
I've seen more and more Eco-friendly bags sprouting up on the internet and I was sooo happy when Eco-Handbags decided to work with me for a review and giveaway. Eco-Handbags carries Eco-friendly handbags made with recycled or earth-friendly materials. If you are looking for an original, unique bag that is helping the environment- this is the place to go!
Eco-Handbags has bags made out of candy wrappers, books, jeans, carpet, cigar boxes, chopsticks, skateboards, sweaters, bamboo, hemp, organic cotton and more!! You have to check them out to appreciate the art in making these gorgeous bags. A friend of mine picked up my review bag and said she'd love to have carpet made from that material. Well, this was before she knew that the bag was actually made out of carpet! Eco-Handbags also carries dog carriers, purse hooks, reusable bags and totes.
Check out the cute Celia Bag- you can't even tell it's made out of carpet!
The Celia Bag is handmade in Suffolk and Cambridgeshire from "Silkie" carpet fabricated from cotton and viscose. This carpet fabric is woven and is very durable. It has a magnetic closure and a inner zipped pocket in the cotton twill lining. I especially love how Ella's things can fit into the bag!
The Giveaway: Eco-Handbags is giving one lucky reader the Celia Bag in the picture below. A $125 value!!
Rules: You have until 11:59 p.m. EST October 9, 2009 to enter. The winner will be chosen by random.org and announced after they respond to the winning email. The winner has 48 hours to respond to the winning email, or a new winner will be chosen. You must leave your email address! This contest is open to the US.
How to Enter: Go to Eco-Handbags and tell me something you like. Click on "Comments" to leave your post. Make sure to leave your email address!! I cannot contact the winner without it!
EXTRA entries: You must complete the "How To Enter" before making any extra entries. Make sure you leave a comment for each extra entry and tell me which one.
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3. Subscribe to my blog by email (on the right sidebar) You must verify and be active at the time of the giveaway- those who are unverified will become disqualified
4. Blog or send a message on FB and leave a link here (3 extra entries)5. Enter another giveaway I have going on and tell me which one or leave a comment on a non-giveaway post
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