8.08.2010

Review and Giveaway: Green Genius (2 Winners!)

 
Did you know that normal plastic bags never biodegrade? (Click to see a video!) Well, not for a thousand years or so, which Green Genius points out almost qualifies for "never." However, Green Genius bags have been proven to biodegrade using ASTM D5511, the industry standard for determining biodegradability in a landfill environment. How do they do it? The magic ingredient is EcoPure, which basically turns the bags into food for microbes. EcoPure is proven to biodegrade under active landfill conditions, typically within 2 to 15 years!

Currently, Green Genius offers a few types of biodegradable trash bags and food storage bags with great performance features. To start, Green Genius trash bags are just as puncture resistant as national brands, with 3-ply strength. They are made from 40% recycled plastic, and have strong drawstrings. The food storage bags are made with a minimum of 15% recycled plastic in every bag, are FDA approved for food contact, contain patented zippers and sliders that perform as well or better than the national brands, and are made in the USA. The part that I appreciate most about Green Genius products: they are priced competitively compared to other similar products!


Green Genius sent me a sample of their tall kitchen bags and double zip quart size freezer bags to test out. The tall kitchen bags fit well in our kitchen trash can and the bag did not tear while collecting trash or on it's way to the dumpster outside. Also the drawstring is sturdy and easy to tie! I'm pleased to report that they perform as well as the other brand of trash bags I was previously using, which I didn't expect of a biodegradable trash bag.


One night I chopped up a bunch of lettuce for our salad and had some extra left over so I stored it in the double zip quart size freezer bag and put it in the fridge. I actually forgot about it for three days and when I came across the bag in the veggie drawer, I was surprised to see that the lettuce was still green! That's really impressive compared to other food storage bags! This means that not only do the Green Genius bags close easily, they also have a tight seal that keeps your food fresh!

Overall I was very surprised by the performance of Green Genius products. Since I've stopped using plastic bags while shopping, and it has been on my to-do list for awhile to find a greener trash bag and food storage bag, I am definitely switching to Green Genius! 

Buy It: Green Genius products are available in a store near you or online at Amazon.com or Alice.com.

Win It: Green Genius is offering a box of tall kitchen bags to one reader and a box of double zip quart sized freezer bags to another reader! To enter, visit Green Genius then come back here and comment about something you learned.

Extra Entries:
You must complete the mandatory entry above before you qualify for any extra entries! Post a comment below for each entry you complete, along with your email if it isn't visible in your blogger profile.

1) "Like" Green Genius on Facebook
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9) Enter any of my other current giveaways, or comment on a non-giveaway post (1 entry each, leave separate comments)
10) Tweet about this giveaway and comment with your tweet URL (1 entry per day), you can use this tweet:


#Win biodegradable trash bags and food storage bags from @thegreengenius @cheapandcreativ http://cheapandcreative.blogspot.com ~ Ends 8/23!
11) Share about this giveaway in your Facebook status along with a link, and then comment below with the status URL (you get this by clicking on the time of your status update) for 1 extra entry per day.


The giveaway ends August 23rd at 11:59pm CT. One winner will be selected using random.org and notified by email. The winner must respond to the email within 48 hours or a new winner will be selected. Open to readers in the US.

Disclosure: I received sample products from Green Genius free of charge in order to facilitate my review. This post is based on my own personal opinions and experiences. Thank you Green Genius for sponsoring this review and giveaway! This post contains a referral link to Alice.com.

32 comments:

  1. They have all the size bags I normally buy!

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  2. follower C&C on facebook

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  3. follow C&C on twitter (hmt90a)

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  4. I learned that: Green Genius bags biodegrade under active landfill conditions within 1 to 15 years (ASTM D5511).

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  5. @busyworkingmama follows green on twitter

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  6. email subscribe to you as aleksa91 hotmail

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  7. @busyworkingmama follows you on twitter

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  8. I learned that they come in two varieties: 50ct Sandwich Bags and 50ct Snack Bags.
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  9. Facebook fan/liker of C and C:
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  10. Facebook fan/liker of green genius :
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  11. Following Cheap and Creative via Twitter @azmarry
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  12. Following green genius via Twitter @azmarry
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  13. Entered the eco foil givewaway
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  14. I found out they are made of 40% recycled plastic.
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  15. I get your emails.
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  16. I learned that they are made from 40% recycled plastic. I use these bags and love them!

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  17. I like green genius on Facebook

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  18. I'm an email subscriber

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  19. I like C&C on facebook

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  20. Following Green Genious on Twitter

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  21. Follow Cheap and Creative on twitter

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  22. What is the recycled content of Green Genius food bags? Of Green Genius cartons?

    Our food bags are made with a minimum 15% recycled plastic and our cartons use 100% recycled paperboard.


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  23. Liked Green Genius on Facebook
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  24. Liked Cheap and Creative on Facebook
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  25. Just entered the Review and Giveaway: Eco-Foil

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  26. I know it seems a little simple, but I never realized garbage bags never "go away." Scary!

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  27. I am following Green genius on twitter
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  28. I am also entered in the giveaway you have posted about soap nuts

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  29. They combine their plastic with a proprietary additive called EcoPure that bonds organic “nutrients” to the plastic’s molecular structure. The addition of this additive allows the plastic to be eaten by microbes, making the whole bag biodegradable

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  30. I entered the Soap Nuts giveaway

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