Ecoist Recycled Candy-Wrapper Handbag Giveaway

Win the Confetti Baguette by Ecoist
Win the Confetti Baguette by Ecoist

Ready for a really fun giveaway?  As recycling comes more to the forefront, some very innovative items are moving into the picture.  I really believe that we’ll see more products made of recycled materials entering the fashion world over the next few years.  And why not?  There are lots of items that can’t really be recycled, and with some creativity we can have some interesting twists to fashion.  For instance, a company called Ecoist.  They create gifts and accessories from recycled, organic, and sustainable materials.  

That leads us to this darling little clutch pictured to the left.  Made from recycled and hand folded candy wrappers, this Confetti Baguette is definitely a colorful accessory!  It’s 10″L x 5″H, and the construction is surprisingly sturdy.  A bright yellow detachable wristlet makes it easy to carry, and gosh darn, it’s even waterproof!  What I really like about the bag is how fun it is to study the candy wrappers up-close.  The one I’ll be giving away is made of Mexican candy wrappers, so you can brush up on your Spanish while digging for your lipgloss.  Ecoist makes several different styles, so if the bright colors aren’t for you, you can try something more subtle like the Newspaper Baguette.  But I’d recommend brightening things up with one of the Confetti bags!

Oh, and if you’re wondering if there’s old candy stuck to the wrappers, let me ease your mind: The wrappers used are in fact new, but waste product nonetheless.  So Ecoist is keeping rolls of unused candy wrappers, newspapers, Coca-Cola labels, subway maps and more from hitting the landfills.  I’m so fascinated with the process used and the different designs that I’ve included lots of photos here for you to look at.  But don’t forget to scroll down to the bottom of this post to enter to win the Confetti Baguette ($45 retail)!

 

Labels Saved from Becoming Unbiodegradable Landfill
Labels Saved from Becoming Unbiodegradable Landfill

 

Women from Mexico and Peru Make the Bags for a Fair Wage
Women from Mexico and Peru Make the Bags for a Fair Wage

 

And the Final Product
And the Final Product

 

The Inside of the Bags are Just as Cool as the Outside!
The Inside of the Bags are Just as Cool as the Outside!

Multiple Options for Multiple Entries:

1.) Just visit Ecoist and tell me what else you liked or learned there. (You may enter once a day.) Remember, leave an interesting comment. If I cannot contact the winner, you might be chosen instead based on your comment.

2.) Blog about, Twitter, and/or Subscribe! Get an extra entry for each of these activities.  Just leave a separate comment for each, giving me a link to your blog post, your Twitter name, and/or a note saying you’re a subscriber.  SUBSCRIBE HERE!  

(Psst!  My Twitter name is dkMommy.)

Feel free to do all four to gather multiple entries to win! You have until midnight EST on Wednesday, July 22, 2009, to enter.

290 thoughts on “Ecoist Recycled Candy-Wrapper Handbag Giveaway

  1. ?In 2005, Ecoist provided a small loan to three women entrepreneurs to establish their own business and production center in Peru. Today, their company employs more than 25 women and has grown to be a significant contributor to the well-being of their community. I know that it makes such a difference in the lives of women in other countries when people invest in them. A small loan there means a lot more than a comparable loan in our country.

  2. I find it a little humorous, we all want a bag constructed from a company’s messed up labels. These products are incredibly stylish.

  3. In 2005, Ecoist provided a small loan to three women entrepreneurs to establish their own business and production center in Peru. Today, their company employs more than 25 women and has grown to be a significant contributor to the well-being of their community.

  4. I love the confetti bracelet. It reminds me of making gum wrapper paper chains and that makes me smile!

  5. I continue to be attracted to the Daily Newspaper purse, but I can’t get over this collection. I sure would enjoy sporting any of these great bags! I’m a subscriber.

  6. i love the confetti bracelet! as kids we used to make a sort of bracelet out of the shiny papers inside gum wrappers and give them to our best friends.

  7. The Daily Newspaper purse is beyond cute!! I just love that it’s eco friendly without looking…uh…like garbage, lol. I WANT IT! (and the Candy Wrapper Handbag too) :)

  8. Wow, this website is the best thing EVER! I am all for eco friendly products and this is such a fashionable way to reuse! The Bar Code collection looks so cool. However, the Confetti section is my favorite because of all the vibrant colors!
    I would love this prize!

  9. I learned that they turn candy wrappers, food packages, soda labels, subway maps, newspapers, and other waste-bound materials into beautiful handbags

  10. I would like to have some of their bracelets, you could get some extras and give them for gifts too. that way you could be helping people in 2 ways. thanks

  11. I find this interesting, I know that Prison inmates make things from used candy foil wraps and chip bags. I wonder if the products on this site are derived from the prison system? It is amazing how things that come out of the worst places in the world make it to the main stream and have an impact.

  12. I think consumerism of recycled stuff is one of the best ways to reduce rubbish in our soils and oceans. Glad you are promoting it!

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