If you've never heard of KEEN, stop here and go take a look! KEEN is an Eco-friendly outdoor company who creates Hybrid shoes, bags, sox and more. I love their variety of children's shoes! So Ella's style. They also use aluminum scraps and excess rubber to make buckles, brackets, and protective bottoms for their bags.
What drew me to KEEN was their Harvest line of bags. I love to learn about different textiles and rice paper was a new one. Though, I had heard of it, I wasn't too sure what exactly it was. First, there is the traditional rice paper that has been used for centuries in Japan and China for writing and artwork. This rice paper is made from rice straws or rice flour and can also contain bamboo, hemp or mulberry. Then there is mulberry paper which is made from mulberry bark. It is also known as rice paper since the mulberry paper is used for packets of rice. There is also edible rice paper used for frying spring rolls. I wasn't able to dig up any more information than that, but thought it was interesting enough.
KEEN has designed a line of Eco-friendly bags made out of brown haul paper and rice paper that are genius.
I have told you before I have a bag obsession. When I received my KEEN Northrup bag I was more than impressed! It is a huge tote with multiple pockets for storing things. There are 2 inner pouches large enough to hold drinks, snacks, a wallet and more. On the other side there is a zipper compartment, also large enough for a wallet, cell phone and other valuables. On the front part of that pouch there are smaller pockets for lip gloss, a min zipper for loose change, a compartment for pens, plus 2 other mini pockets. So that's a total of 8 inner pockets for storage! There is TONS of room inside the bag. I've never seen a tote like it before. The details of the bag are amazing. I really like the cat art work on one of my inner pouches.
The bag itself is made out of durable 100% reclaimed brown paper. All of the pockets, lining and bottom of the bag are made out of 100% reclaimed rice bags with a Chinese flair. I love the unique qualities of the bag. Each bag is one of a kind since various rice bags are used. My bag has been used so much it's developing more personality by the creases caused by wear. I've enjoyed taking my Northrup bag to festivals this year. It fits all of Ella's necessities, plus there is room for my camera and any new purchases I might come home with. It's not the kind of tote you'd take to the beach, but more for the city streets. It would also make a great overnight bag, taking it to the farmers market, running errands and so forth.
The handles of the bag are lined with felt, so it's easy on your shoulders if you are carrying some weight. Though since it is made with paper, you don't want too much weight in your bag.
The Giveaway: KEEN would like to offer 1 lucky reader a Northrup bag!
Rules: You have until 11:59 p.m. EST October 12, 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 KEEN and tell me something that you love. 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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