Maggie Bags™ generously provided Jeni with their product for this review.
Maggie Bags™ is a company on a mission. They are taking living green to a new level. The seat belts that keep us safe while we’re riding in a vehicle are run through some of the strictest of safety checks. The slightest of flaws will kick it out of production and into a landfill. Each year millions of yards of this webbed material are rejected. I know I don’t want flawed seat belts to end up in our vehicles and I don’t know of too many people who would want them filling our landfills. Maggie Bags™ doesn’t want this either and so their creative minds came together to maximize the repurposing of seat belts and with that, Maggie Bags™ were born. They also use a simple cut-and-sew operation for the construction for their bags, by which this technique minimizes the environmental impact of manufacturing new materials. It also eliminates the need for typical recycling processes that consume large amounts of energy and other resources. (Source: http://www.maggiebags.net/our-story/)
I was fortunate enough to receive the Cicily Tote, in Clementine, from Maggie Bags™. This bag is absolutely adorable! Don’t let the small appearance fool you. The Cicily Tote is really the perfect size to carry and I found it can hold quite a bit.
Most Maggie Bags™ come with their signature satin purple lining inside.
This lining is gorgeous and the purple complements the Clementine color nicely. Inside the Cicily Tote there are several pockets. One side is zippered and on the other side are three more pockets; one of which would be perfect for holding your cell phone. On the bottom of this bag are four nickel-plated feet. I really appreciate these as I don’t like putting my bags on the ground or even on a questionable tabletop. These little feet help to keep the bottom of your Cicily Tote clean. The Cicily Tote is available in Clementine, which I received, but also Dark Chocolate, Lime, Bullet, Cranberry, and Black.
This bag fit nicely up on my shoulder, but I also enjoyed carrying it by the handles too. The Cicily Tote is very well made and is exceptionally sturdy. It is also very easy to care for. Per Maggie Bags™ website, these bags are machine washable on a “delicate” wash cycle with chlorine free detergent. They suggest that you then lay your bag flat on a towel or hang it to dry. Also, since many Maggie Bags™ are made from recycled materials and dye lots may vary, it is recommended that your seatbelt bag is washed in a lingerie bag separate from other items. Additional stain removal information can be found on their website.
Maggie Bags™ was nice enough to also send along their key chain. It is adorably cute and looks just like a miniature seat belt.
One end has a carabiner-like clip and the other end is a standard key ring. The middle separates and does so just like a seat belt. I received one in black as pictured above. They are also offered in Bullet, Cranberry, and Fossil.
Please visit Maggie Bags™’ website to see all the styles of seat belt bags that they offer. The address is Maggiebags.net. As a special “Thank you” to our readers, until May 15, 2013 Maggie Bags™ is offering 15% off their Premier Line of bags. Please enter the code BlahBlah15 at checkout. This code is case-sensitive.
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