Is the back of your car like mine? Filled with falling-apart reusable grocery bags? I love being eco-friendly, but those bags–which I have gotten from the neighborhood bank, the town fair and everywhere in between–are a mish-mash and don’t last through the multiple trips to the supermarket. So, when I was given the opportunity to try out the ADK Packworks “Grocer” bag, I was pleased to upgrade my eco-friendly style.
When I unpacked the Packworks bag and snapped the bottom together, my husband immediately came over to investigate. With its red nylon fabric and internal frame, Rob saw the Grocer, which was inspired by the pack baskets used in the wilderness of the Adirondacks, as something he could strap onto his bike when he rides to work. He was disappointed when I called it for myself, though I’m sure the bag could withstand the commute on his bike quite well (and, if my Packwords Grocer bag turns up missing, I’ll know where to look).
My first outing with the bag was to my son’s soccer game. It was our turn to bring the team snack, and we filled with the bag with oranges, the ubiquitous Goldfish, paper towels, water bottles, garbage bags, and baby wipes. The bag was very full and yet it was easy to carry, due to its adjustable straps. Thanks to the its sturdy bottom, the bag sat nicely on the bumpy ground, which made it convenient for finding items. Additionally, due to the thick fabric covering it, everything stayed dry when my daughter spilled water all over the bag (mercifully, the Goldfish survived). While the snack scored big points with kids, the parents appreciated my snazzy new bag, sending compliments and admiring glances my way.
My second trip with the bag was to an offsite meeting for work when I had to bring along my laptop, folders of documents, and pasta salad for my kids’ school picnic (don’t ask). Everything fit in well and carrying it was no problem, even when I tried a new position for the straps, as a tote instead of over the shoulder. Again, I got compliments (“ooo, where did you get that bag?”), especially when I folded the empty bag up for storage during the meeting.
Our Packworks Grocer bag now hangs on the hook in our mudroom, having established itself as a perfect carryall.
The bag retails for $25 and can be purchased through the ADK Packworks website or in stores like Whole Foods.
Want a Grocer bag for your very own? Well, thanks to the folks at ADK Packworks, I am giving one away here at Red Shutters! Use the Rafflecopter below to enter, and good luck!
Disclosure: I was provided with an ADK Packworks Grocer bag for free, but all of the opinions here belong to me.