Organic '12 + Harmony Art Freebie!

Look at the loveliness we have for you to win today! Green Bag Lady has once again teamed up with the wonderful people at Harmony Art Organic Design to bring you some fun things!

We have 12 organic cotton shopping bags to give away…
And, three organic cotton insulated lunch totes that come with one of our new Green Bag Lady reusable water bottles! Horray!
 Handmade by yours truly for you to win!
 The bottle tucks nicely inside with plenty of room for the rest of your lunch…
 Wanna win?
How about it? There will be 15 winners in all. 12 for the shopping bags and 3 for the lunch tote sets.

TO WIN A BAG:

•LEAVE A COMMENT, IN THE COMMENT LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IN THIS FORMAT: name(at)something(dot)com it is important to spell out DOT and AT so you don't get spam, if you DO NOT leave an email address, you will not be entered in the freebie.

•In your comment tell us something you learned about organic cotton from THIS CHART.

•DEADLINE FOR THE FREEBIE IS 10pm(CST) Tuesday, Nov 13, 2012. (winners will be posted here and notified by email no later than Nov 14)

Don't forget to leave us your email!

We will ship shopping BAGS internationally, due to the weight and content of the lunch totes, we can only ship them in the USA and Canada. Thanks!

A special thank you to Harmony Art Organic Design for the generous donation of fabric and for sponsoring this freebie!

Thanks to all of you for entering! Teresa

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83 comments:

JoAnn said...

Natural untreated GMO free seeds.
jojolakegirl(at)yahoo(dot)com

JoAnn Prim

Melissa said...

I did not realize that soda ash was used for finishing. Thanks for the chance to win. mgarrt(at)hotmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Warp fibers stabilized using double plying or non-toxic cornstarch.<<< I definitely didn't know that!!! Cornstarch clearly has more uses than I have ever considered!!!

alana_beattie(at)hotmail(dot)com

Thank you :D

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the chart Organic Cotton vs. Non Organic Cotton. I never new how toxic non organic cotton could be to the environment & people. I will happily purchase organic cotton materials for my home & children. Who new how gentle the process of organic cotton farming could be to our precious land. I like that using crop rotation creates a healthy soil environment, and that insects and trap crops are used to control weeds instead of toxic chemicals that seep into the earth & the water supply. We live on a farm and smart/healthy organic farming is a no brainer :)
miloatodessa at hotmail dot com
Thanks Green Bag Lady

Ana Catarina said...

I didn't knew that warp fibers were stabilized using toxic waxes on conventional cotton...Nice but sad chart!

AnaCatarinaNS(at)gmail(dot)com

Helen said...

The initial cost might be higher, but in the long haul, it's priceless! Love the feeling I get when I work with organic fabric. I want to win this for a gift!! Please!!

helenscorner1(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I never realized how much toxic chemicals are in non-organic cotton! Thank you for the chart!
Jenniejussaume(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I didn't realize conventional cotton uses defoliants on plants before harvest. kerstinapples(at)yahoo(dot)com

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Stephanie said:

"Natural defoliation from freezing temperatures or through the use of water management". Had to look up defoliation so I learned a new word and about the concept -- double bonus! Thanks for sharing the chart.

Steph.schmidt@comcast.net

Maria said...

I didn't know only peroxide was used to bleach. Or that the freeze was considered part of the process.

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sbcglobal
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darbishar said...

"Defoliation induced with toxic chemicals" I had no idea, so not cool. Thanks for the chance to win such an awesome giveaway, the bags are beautiful :) darbishar(at)hotmail(dot)com

Andrea said...

I learned that it is silly to continue to do things the 'conventional' way when it is known to be so harmful and there is a tried and true alternative that results in such beautiful products!!

The Green Bag Lady and Harmony together always make for a great giveaway!
(p.s. if I am picked can I kindly put in a bid for a '10 flowers' creation? It is my favorite and just looking at that fabric makes my heart happy)
thank you!!!

alhcampbell AT me DOT com

MissesStitches said...

Teresa, these turned out absolutely beautiful in Harmony's fabric! Good job!

Ju P said...

I didn't know that Low influence jet fiber or natural paints with the low content of metal and sulfur. Thanks for your high work!
y.pe(AT)mail(DOT)ru

Green Bag Lady Teresa said...

Thanks for all the great comments to far everyone! I'm loving reading them!

Anonymous said...

I didn't know Natural untreated GMO free seeds. Thanks for the chance to win!
)))
hellen-of-troy(at)mail(dot)ru

Rachael said...

"Natural defoliation from freezing temperatures or through the use of water management." Had no idea conventional induces defoliation with chemicals!
Thanks
ahomelesstree(at)gmail(dot)com

Елена Голякова said...

Oh! I knew nothing about organic cotton! ... It was very interesting to read about it and very informative! Learned a lot)))
Thanks for the chance to win such a nice and useful bag! And the bottle is very cool!)))
golyakovalena(at)gmail(dot)com

Mokona said...

Thanks for this great giveaway!!!Now I know that all Harmony Art organic cotton fabrics conform to the Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS)and Soft Scour in warm water with soda ash for a PH of 7.5-8.

mokonakona(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Wow! This bags which are made of organic textiles are so cute and ecology! I enjoy your production so much!
astyagraoo(at)mail(dot)ru

April said...

When I read this bit: Healthy soil creates natural balance. Beneficial insects and trap crops used.

It made me imagine a field of cotton surrounded by venus fly traps!

april dot vrugtman at gmail dot com

Nataly Filonova said...

Wonderful project! I'd like to win these beautiful bags to show and tell all.

natalywladi(at)gmail(dot)com

Савельева Ирина said...

Hi, dear teresa! i like your bags so much!!! it is fantastic!!!
can you send me two bags (for me and my Granny).
thank you very much!
you are beautiful
ms.savelyeva(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

love.skarlett(at)gmail(dot)com
Thank you for your work! Bags of organic materials helpful and pleasant to the touch. For himself and his beloved little girl buy clothes and bags made ​​of natural materials. I am glad that I can contribute to the conservation of wildlife, as healthy soil creates a natural balance of insects and animals.
I liked the model precisely these bags! We look forward to the results and we hope that we will win!

Julia said...

I had no idea, or at least never thought about the fact that conventional cotton is treated with pesticides and insecticides! Really makes me stop and think! You really do learn something every day! :)
Thank you for the chance to win!

juhaoneill(at)hotmail(dot)com

Dawn said...

The initial cost is expensive the long term cost PRICELESS.

dawneaton62(at)gmail(dot)com

Marnie H. said...

I learned that the deforestation is natural rather than chemically induced. Great bags!
marnieh(at)mindspring(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the opportunity to get this bag
thanks in advance

A1000A@i.ua

Anonymous said...

I am interested in obtaining a green bag lady because in the manufacture of its bags are not used GMO and chlorine bleaching. This is very important because we have to care about the environment and try not to pollute her the toxic side products. Better to overpay a little money than to harm nature.

beon00(at)mail(dot)ru

jbp said...

I would love to win one of your lovely bags. Thanks for the opportunity. Keep up the good work.
jbpitcher at hotmail dot com

Gail said...

I have learned SO MUCH through my association with you and Harmony Arts. Besides that, you are both great people. Harmony's fabrics are my absolute faves! gbs88(at)yahoo(dot)com.

domesticatedacademic said...

domesticatedacademic at gmail dot com
would love one of these bags! thanks! learned more about the long term positive effects of organic cotton including long term investments that pay off!

Anonymous said...

would love to win one
srpriddy@aol.com

Lee said...

I learned safe peroxide is used! yeah! thank you!
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Melody said...

Would love one of these. Love your insulated lunch tote and water bottles. I have been looking for one for work. I learned that healthy soil creates natural balance. Beneficial insects and trap crops are used.

Mel
mkjacquot (at) gmail (dot) com

Anonymous said...


great bag and a bottle of water! to my niece came to visit, and when I saw the picture in the monitor, immediately shouted: wow! I want! but I have never seen such ...

west1964(at)bk(dot)ru

Anonymous said...

As a mum of newborn, i begin to think more and more often about my childs future...and these thoughts dring me to the necessity of environment protection, so that our children could have where to live in...so this brought me to your site:)
And from Chart I've found that for making Organic Cotton GMO free seeds are used. I didn;t know that!

stupochka(at)hotmail(dot)com

SuZ Stuff said...

Warp fibers stabilized using double plying or non-toxic cornstarch.
this is something I did not even think about---a lot goes into making fabric...
love love love the bags!

suzstuff(at)gmail(dot)com

Катя Луцишин said...

Never too late to learn about something new and important. I personally knew nothing about organic cotton. thank you for new knowledge and thought-provoking.
I hope this time to win and get a good and useful bag and a wonderful bottle
success and inspiration in your case!
katia(dot)lutsyshyn(at)gmail(dot)com

Valeriya said...

valeri1958(at)ukr(dot)net

Using bags made of organic cotton, I wouldn't need to buy hundreds of plastic bags a year and then just throwing them out. Having a cotton bag you can shop for food everywhere you want, whether it's a supermarket or market. It is also
convenient to use it as a handbag for sports. If it becomes dirty you can just put it in the washing machine and keep enjoying it:)
Thanks Green Bag Lady!

SunflowerSkies said...

I learned that only low impact/natural pigments are used--no heavy metals that will pollute the water!! Yeah!

chrismiss10(at)aol(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Hi, your bags unbelievable! I've never seen anything like this) I would be very grateful if I get one.
l.letoile@yandex.ua

Rebecca said...

I didn't know that heavy metals are used to dye conventional cotton!! That's terrible!

Thanks for the giveaway!

~Rebecca
rktunnell {at} gmail {dot} com

krisgray said...

I didn't know that peroxide was used for whitening. What a great alternative to bleach. Thanks for the chance.
krisgray(at)yahoo(dot)com

Julia said...

ladyjuli.box(at)gmail(dot)com

Many thanks for a table comparing organic and conventional cotton. I learned that organic cotton does not contain synthetic chemicals and bleached peroxide. The whole process of handling such cotton from seed to finished fabric is completely natural specimens and is in harmony with nature. Although the initial cost of organic cotton is more expensive than conventional, but his health is priceless.

Thank you, Green Bag Lady =)

Helen said...

Didn't know organic cotton comes from natural untreated GMO free seeds! Excelleant chart to help consumers see how toxic non organic cotton is. Thanks for yet another chance to win one of your fabulous bgas.

h373n89(at)gmail(dot)com

Sam Breen said...

Just in general, I had no idea there were so many things involved with organic cotton! Makes me appreciate it more.

I love your bags and would love a lunch tote with water bottle. But, if I'm lucky enough to get another one of your gorgeous bags, I would certainly spread the love and let a friend enjoy. Thank you!!

sjmbreen(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

earven@list.ru

I learned that it really is safe to me, my younger brothers and sisters, and our pets. Thank you, honestly I never knew that. Now I will be much more attentive to choosing fabrics.

Kira Tsvetyukha said...

The table shows very clearly and is available all the secrets of the production process of organic and non-organic cotton ... Now, I'm not very nice to know that I have in my house a lot of things from harmful toxic inorganic cotton ... Well, I shall endeavor to correct the situation in a healthy way!
kirakarelka(at)gmail(dot)com

debbiekl said...

Beautiful fabrics! I never thought about the pesticides used in growing conventional cotton.
crafts[at]oursideofthemountain[dot]com

Ruth said...

Would love to win one of the lunch bags, & water bottles, they are beautiful! I already have one of your Organic bags & use it all the time. Learned how many toxic chemicals are used to make conventinal cotton!!!
ruthgates(at)live(dot)com

Nancy said...

The lunch bags are gorgeous Theresa!Well done!
I kind of already know all the info on Harmony's chart but this one stood out to me:
Typically treated with fungicides or insecticides. Possible GMOs.
YUCKKY!!
Aloha
Nancy

soulroleorganics(at)gmail(dot)com

Sue said...

So, how the cotton is harvested was new to me!
sue2earth(at)msn(dot)com

Awesome Freebie! Thank you for the chance.

Илья Сергеевич Кошицкий said...

I never realized how much toxic chemicals are in non-organic cotton! Thank you for the chart!
k.illya(at)mail(dot)ru

Anonymous said...

kokalisa(at)yandex(dot)ru

I think, that organic bags very harmless

Anonymous said...

Wow! This bags which are made of organic textiles are so cute and ecology! I enjoy your production so much!
kurenik(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

Never too late to learn about something new and important. I personally knew nothing about organic cotton. thank you for new knowledge and thought-provoking.
I hope this time to win and get a good and useful bag and a wonderful bottle
success and inspiration in your case!
wins2007(at)ua(dot)fm

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the chance to win. siulyk.kaina(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...


Natural untreated GMO free seeds. Thanks for the chance to win. justina(dot)vinikaite(at)gmail(dot)com

Beth said...

I love organic fabric and had never realized that the warp of the fabric is stabilized with corn starch--nor had I thought about the toxic way in which non-organic fabric is stabilized. As a quilter I wonder how much exposure I have to toxic chemicals. Organic is definitely the way to go.

How do you make an insulated tote? Those are so handy and I've never imagined making them at home.

Thank you for the giveaway.

wordygirl at earthlink (dot) net

Helen Serbina said...

I had no idea that conventional cotton is treated with pesticides and insecticides! It is horrible!!!

Thank you for the chance to win!

helen(dot)serbina(at)gmail(dot)com

Sharon said...

The facts that I read on this chart well I will just say there are many. But after just going thru cancer this year the one that jumped out at me was this" Aerial spraying of insecticides and pesticides. 9 of the most commonly used pesticides are known cancer-causing agents." I cannot believe from our little plastic bags that they are harmful. Thank you for the eye opener. I appreciate it very much.

Sharon said...

Oh I am so sorry here is my email address..... proudspirit57(at)gmail(dot)com

Carolyn said...

I like the fact that they are made from natural untreated GMO free seeds.
carriemak at aol dot com

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for making bags that are fun/beautiful to look at while at the same time saving the environment! Lots to learn about in this area.

Jeniferseymour@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I love this bags!!!!
Thank you for the chart Organic Cotton vs. Non Organic Cotton.
Sneginka_5(at)list(dot)ru

Elena Morozova

Anonymous said...

of this scheme, I learned that organic cotton creates a natural non-GMO seeds, soil preparation, seed health, which in turn creates a healthy balance of weed control. in the production of non-toxic ischpolzuetsya cornstarch safe peroxide bleached, dyed with natural dyes. thank you very much learned about
Aline_lid@mail.ru

Elena Suhanowa said...

Teresa, thank you very much to you for what you do for us, your bags just gorgeous, please send me such a great handbag for me and my little daughter
Aline_lid@mail.ru

Christie S. said...

Such pretty bags.
cstoops(at)cox(dot)net

cathie said...

I had no idea that non organic cotton was exposed to so many toxins. Makes one only want to purchase organic ever agin!

crelf(at)comcast(dot)net

thanks for the information and contest.

Darlene said...

I did not realize how toxic some fabrics can be -- that the dyeing process has heavy metals and sulfur -- what an education your chart was. Thanks for the chance to win one of these beautiful bags.
6186pep(at)msn(dot)com

Dmitriy Bakaev said...

Given the problem of the global crisis and unfavorable environmental conditions on the planet, I think that for Organic Cotton is a great future.
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Olga said...

Peerless website, amazing design bags!
Very useful information about organic cottone.
I hope I will get a magic bag :)

olgasavran(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I didn't know that toxic waxes were used when making conventional cottons.

norby(at)quotidian(dot)com

Beth said...

I loved learning that Harmony Art considers organics through the whole process, from organic GMO-free seeds, to the weaving/knit process, to the dye, and beyond! Thanks for all that you do!

bethfuge(at)gmail(dot)com

readerlady said...

I would love to win a tote bag or a quilted lunch bag. I learned that organic cotton is grown in healthy soil from natural, untreated GMO free seeds. I didn't know that before.

codakatz(at)gmail(dot)com

Katherine (Aurora Spitfire) said...

I love this fabric, and I especially love your insulated totes made from it. I naively had no idea there were so many potentially toxic (or non-toxic, in the case of organics) steps in fabric production.

Emily Salvi said...

I had never thought about GMO's in the seeds used to grow cotton! Thanks for another great giveaway!

Emilysalvi(at)comcast(dot)net

Jennifer Whitus said...

I learned that conventional cotton is usually treated with insecticides and fungicides. I am a big fan of your bags!
Thank you!

J_beckham(at)yahoo(dot)com

Mary H said...

Whitening by peroxide. Another use for peroxide to make life healthier. I like it. And PS: Orange is my favorite color :)
mtm(at)sccoast(dot)net

Rebecca Auble said...

I LOVE your bags!!!

rebecca(dot)auble(at)comcast(dot)net

Carla G said...

I learned that Low-impact fiber-reactive or natural dyes with low metal and sulfur content are used for dying the fabric! :) Thanks for a chance to win! :)
bcgeates at netbistro dot com

Nataly said...


Quite recently learned about this possibility! Probably I was late, it is SO a pity... so it would be desirable to have possibility to win this bag.Thank you for that give such possibility to people from all over the world.

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