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I went to the Olive Smartsite to learn more.
Olive Smart is founded by Kerri and Stephanie, two former
professional, turned full-time moms, turned entrepreneurs.
We began conversation at a park while our children were
playing and discovered that we were both passionate about helping
to sustain the planet for future generations.
As our discussion led to products and ideas that could help
us make our own lives more green, we decided that every little
change helps and that we could provide such products and ideas
to help other people become more aware of how their
shopping and living habits could have a positive impact on
Our first initiative quickly became how to do away with the prevalent
use of plastic bags, and we came up with the Olive Smart
Sack, the perfectly simple, yet stylish solution. None of
the currently available products meet our standard: stylish,
washable, durable, lightweight, compact, convenient,
easy to remember and most of all, practical containing enough
bags for a full shopping trip.
We use the Olive Smart Sack, which contains six reusable
bags made of a supplex nylon, wherever we go. It is
always in the cup holder of our car sot that it is impossible to
forget whenever we are running an errand. The Olive Smart
Sack is a great product to help us all live smart.
I received my package from Olive Smart and opened it to discover a soft green sack. It felt so soft and silky.
I was excited to open the sack and discover that there was another six beautiful soft sacks inside.
I received the Rainforest Collection, shown in the picture above.
Rainforest colors: smoke pine, pewter, infinity, autumn glaze, champagne, russet brown. Stuff Sack: smoke pine.
The Olive Smart Sack is designed to fit in the cup holder of your
The six bags can carry 20% more than a plastic bag.
One sack can load an entire cart of groceries.
The bags can be folded neatly into the Stuff Sack or you can simply stuff them back in.
Bag: 22″h x 11.5″w x 4.5″d
Individual rolled-up bag size: 3″ x 4.5″
Stuff Sack: 9″ x 3.5″
I put the Olive Smart Sack pack into my purse and went grocery shopping.
I purchased some canned goods, one six pack of soda, 4 boxes of frozen vegetables, and a loaf of bread.
When I was finished shopping and done paying I removed the Olive Smart Sack from my purse and began to put the items that I bought inside one of the bags.
A woman that I am acquainted with was standing on line next to me asked me where I got them. I told her the name and where to find them online. I let her touch them to see how soft they feel and she said, “I love them, I have never seen any like that.”
I walked home, since I did not take my car, and the bag that held my groceries was sturdy and easy to carry. I have to say that it was 100 % easier than the usual store bags that I have used.
From the Olive Smart site:
Our initial product, the patent pedning Olive Smart Sack,
is a simple and convenient solution for you, to do your part to
eliminate the use of plastic bags.
The facts are alarming.
We need to stop consuming plastic bags today.
–Production of plastic bags consume an estimated 12
million gallons of oil that could be used for fuel and heating
and which contributes to air pollution and energy consumption.
The amount of petroleum used to make 150 plastic bags would
drive a car more that a mile.
— Less than 2% of plastc bags in the USA are recycled.
When thrown away, plastic bags may take up to 1000
years to break down. As poolyethylene breaks down, toxic
substances contaminate our water, leach into the soil and enter
the food chain.
–Approximately 1 billion seabirds and mammals die per year
by ingesting plastic bags.
Olive Smart has made it easy and stylish for us to help save our environment by making an eco-friendly grocery bag alternative.
I feel overwhelmed when I think of all the changes in my life that I have to make, to do my part in protecting and saving our planet.
I also believe that we accomplish our goals by taking small steps.
Using the Olive Smart Sack, in place of plastic bags can be a very important first step if you are new to using reusable shopping bags and if like me you simply forget to bring your own.
You will feel good leaving the store with your beautiful bags and proud that you are taking steps to protect and help our environment.
The Olive Smart Sack would make a beautiful memorable gift for any occasion.
I will be using my Olive Smart Sack with pride for all of my future shopping trips.
Thank you Olive Smart for making a beautiful, high quality, earth friendly product that is definitely worth the price! – Janet F.
Written by Nicole Ibarrondo, former editor here at Mom Fuse