Avoid the 5p carrier bag charge with Trolley bags – Giveaway

With the 5p carrier bag charge introduced this week, the search for the perfect reusuable bags is upon us and I have found just the thing to use in supermarkets.  From the company Packing Sorted comes these rather clever Trolley Bags!

WP_20151003_14_22_39_ProAs you can see they fit perfectly in your trolley, meaning no wasted space and just four bags to lift out into your car.  What’s more, they are all velcroed to each other at the top to stop them sliding apart until you need to remove them , but they also all roll up together for easy storage in your car boot between shopping trips.

WP_20151003_14_18_54_ProWP_20151003_14_20_49_ProThey are easy to carry into the supermarket as demonstrated by my 4yr old son on the left who loves to help out!

Then you simply hang them on the hook at the end of your trolley as above whilst you shop.  If you are scanning your own shopping you can of course put the items straight into the bags otherwise keep them rolled up until you go through the till.

The beauty of these bags are that there’s no messing around trying to open fiddly carrier bags, you simply place the bags at the end of the trolley and open them out to the end.  They have velcro at the top to keep them together, which you then simply undo to lift them into the car.

WP_20151003_15_06_18_ProThese really do make shopping so simple and are the perfect solution to avoid the carrier bag charge.  These are built to last, fill the whole trolley and can be used time and time again.  As you can see the ones above are designed for a shallow trolley but they do also make a set for a large trolley which you can see here.

For one of my readers, I am giving away a set of Trolley Bags.  All you have to do is fill out the Gleam form below.

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All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the shopping bags in order to write the review.

Belo and Me Jute Bags – Review

Belo & Me have just the cutest little jute bags that are perfect for packing your lunch into to take to work or on a little picnic.  The idea of using jute bags is an environmentally friendly one, rather than using endless plastic bags on a daily basis.  The jute fibre is 100% bio-degradable and recyclable.

I was sent the pink heart jute bag to try out for my lunches at work each day.  I have to be honest and say that I usually use a plastic food bag and although reuse it for a few days, it soon ends up in the bin and I reach for a new one out the box.

belo bagThe bag is made of a thick jute with strong handles and a laminated lining that can be wiped clean.  The base is 20 x 15cm and the side of the bag is 20cm high.  I packed my normal lunch for work consisting of a salad in a plastic box and some other bits.  The plastic box easily fitted into the base of the bag and the other items stacked on top nicely.

I was quite happy that all items were safely inside the bag and found it easy to carry to work alongside my handbag.

Belo lunch bagI did get comments from everyone in the office saying “What a cute bag”, “Where did you get your bag from?” so it was definitely noticed and admired.

I think this is a cute bag, great for the summer months although I’d need something a bit more protective in the winter.  It’s great that it’s reusable and being strong will hopefully last.

These jute bags aren’t just lunch bags, they can be used for anything, some suggested ideas on their website are party bags and gift bags etc.  Why not check out the Belo & Me website and see the many different designs and colours available?

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions and we received the bag in order to write the review.

 

Packmate Vacuum Storage Bags – Review

One thing I’m short of in my home is storage, particularly since having children, so when I had the chance to try out some Packmate vacuum storage bags, how could I refuse?  I’ve never tried vacuum storage before and wondered how effective it would be.  I was sent a selection from the range available including jumbo, large and travel bags.

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The first thing I noticed was the black leaf design on the Packmate bags which I found really appealing, they would look attractive even if they are stored under the bed or in the wardrobe.  The reverse side of each bag with the valve is clear so you can see what’s inside. Packmate vacuum black whiteLiving so far from my family I have a couple of spare duvets, various blankets and things that are only used occasionally and if I could condense them, I’d have more storage for other things. So the next step was to try them out.  They were easy to fill with their wide opening on one side which is easily closed by a plastic zip that slides across.  There is a simple valve on the clear side of the bag which lifts to open, then you apply the hose of the vacuum cleaner to expel the air from the bag before pushing the valve down to close it.

One item that took up a lot of room was our guest double duvet which is stored in a zipped bag under my daughter’s bed.  I took this out, rolled it up and but it in a large Packmate high volume storage bag.  I then expelled the air and result can be seen below, it takes up a fraction of the space it did before leaving me additional room to add extra items such as a couple of pillows to the bag.

Packmate duvet from thisI am impressed at how well the Packmate vacuum bags have performed, leaving me with lots of extra room in the house, these are the ideal space savers, great if you only have a small space or have a lot of things.  Vacuum bags are great for items that you don’t use regularly particularly large bedding items or cushions.  Another advantage of using these bags for storage is that they protect against moisture, mildew, bugs and dirt.  They are made from a tough tear resistant material that will withstand use again and again.

Within the Packmate range of vacuum bags is a set of travel bags.  These are a lot smaller and come in various sizes with the zip top feature but without the valve on the back of the bag.  The beauty of these bags are that you can either roll them up, press them or if you have a vacuum cleaner handy you can poke the nozzle in a partial opening of the zip to compress the bag.  How fantastic is that for travelling with limited space?  I know this is something I come across each year when we go on our family holiday.  A car full to the brim of four people’s belongings.   Being able to compress some of that will definitely be a bonus and make more room in the car.  If you are away from home you can simply roll the bag up to expel the air, it couldn’t be any easier.

Packmate travelAll Packmate vacuum bags come with a 5 year guarantee and are available from Home Storage Direct with free delivery on all orders.

I think these are a fantastic way to organise your belongings, they’ve certainly helped my family make a bit more room and will get plenty of use from them over the next few years.

All reviews are my own and my family’s opinions. We are not paid for reviews although we do receive the product to try out and enable us to write the review.