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Five Accessories messenger bag Giveaway

UPDATE: It’s official! Congratulations to our lucky winner, Erin N. Thanks to everyone for entering, and many thanks to five Accessories for sponsoring such a wonderful giveaway. We have Great Green Giveaways on an ongoing basis, so check out the latest one.

Christine Hutchinson, founder of Chicago-based online boutique five ACCESSORIES, is generously sponsoring this Great Green Giveaway.

TG_1.jpgOne lucky reader will receive a cool messenger bag (pictured at right), roomy and sturdy enough to serve as an overnight bag, commuter bag, bicycle bag, diaper bag, or whatever you need bag.

The yellow outer shell is fashioned from repurposed mosquito netting, the inside lining is made from repurposed industrial waterproof tarp; black mesh straps adjust for cross body or over the should wear, bag closes with big sturdy buckle.  There are interior pockets, too, to keep everything organized.  Bag dimensions:  15.5″ x 15″ x 4.5″ (retail value $75 + free shipping to anywhere in the USA.)

To enter, simply:

  • checkout five ACCESSORIES and their good causes
  • Then leave a comment on this post, telling us why you’d like to win this bag.
  • Add the following address to your email address book: m at

One lucky winner will be selected in our Random Drawing, and notified by email. Contest ends Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 11:59p (EST). Winner has 24 hours to claim their prize, or offer is null and void. Winner’s name will also be included on this post. Giveaway includes free shipping, anywhere in the USA.

*One entry per person.
*EXTRA CREDIT If you have your own blog, you can post about the giveaway with a link back to this giveaway post. To make sure we know, you can come back and leave a comment with a link to your blog post. If you Twitter, you can tweet about the giveaway (once per day), and be sure to refer to @altCon, and leave a comment linking to the status. You can also receive additional entries 3 more ways: subscribe to our RSS feed, follow us on Twitter or friend us on FaceBook. (If you’re already a subscriber, just enter a comment to let us know.) Time’s ticking, so start clicking – good luck!

A little company background:  five ACCESSORIES supports grassroots efforts around the globe to aid under-privileged children by donating five dollars of every handbag sold and 15 percent of all other sales to each artisan’s local cause. Their mission is to create income generating programs for individuals, donate a large portion of their sales to worthy charitable causes and foster the use of sustainable material in fashion. Check out their latest income generating program of accessories handmade by the vendors of Chicago’s StreetWise under the Accessories Tab/Off The Street.  five ACCESSORIES has a new location in the Andersonville Galleria, located at 5247 N Clark St., Chicago, IL.

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Friday, October 9, 2009 unveils Eco Wine Trio

Would you buy a wine packaged in PET?  That’s what Boisset and are hoping with introduction of the new, Eco Wine Trio.


To further minimize their wine’s carbon footprint, Boisset Family Estates, a grower of organic and biodynamically-farmed estate vineyards, just hit the online market with 3 reds packaged in a revolutionary alternative to the classic glass wine bottle.  The new bottle possesses some nice eco perks; it’s created from 1PET, (polyethylene terephthalate, a thermoplastic polymer resin) which is 100 percent recyclable and estimated to have a 50-60 percent smaller carbon footprint than a traditional glass bottle.  Lightweight and safe, (BPA-free), PET weighs 90 percent less than traditional glass — conserving fuel, energy and greenhouse gases throughout its lifecycle — from production to transit to recycling. is exclusively offering the Eco Wine Trio, three premium reds — Fog Mountain 2006 California Merlot, Louis Bernard 2007 Bonus Passus Côtes du Rhône AOC, and Yellow Jersey 2007 Pinot Noir a fruity red from the South of France — for an extremely reasonable, $29.99.

I haven’t had the opportunity to taste the Trio, but the custom designed PET bottles are purported to feature a “unique oxygen-barrier that ensures wine quality and taste.”  The Eco Wine Trio is packaged in the first 1 liter PET bottle for wine in the US. One liter offers 33 percent more wine than a standard 750ml bottle.  The Eco Wine Trio’s gift box is produced of 100 percent recycled packaging.

As socially responsible manufacturers strive to reduce their carbon footprint, smart and innovative solutions in packaging are cropping up.

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stanker mixmob dj mix stand


Designer Francois Royer’s Stanker Collection always features something cool created from reclaimed and rehabilitated shipping containers.  Francois created the custom MixMob mix stand for DJ Martin G.  The base is formed by two recycled steel barrels.


Relatedpreviously on altCon
Stanker Boozbox (10.7.08)
Stanker Collection Updated (5.7.09)

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Camping with a Twist in British Columbia


It’s not often that campers reserve tent space one year in advance, but not much is typical about Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, a quiet, tent-laden luxury escape in British Columbia. It was by chance that I stumbled across the remote resort’s website, eco-friendly in nature—as it’s literally underneath a temperate rainforest canopy—and therefore, run as efficiently as possible.


Consisting of 20 tents (with composting toilets in tent-side, cedar outhouses), the property sits within the Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve Area, one of the best intact temperate rainforests remaining. Self-sufficient, the eco-safari runs a low-impact operation featuring a comprehensive recycling program, organic gardens, and wood furnace hot water heating. In addition, all land and water activities are naturally non-intrusive and conservancy-driven.

From bear- and whale-watching to mountain biking and climbing, guests can busy themselves (or not) on a three-, four-, or seven-night stay May through September. To plan your own eco adventure, get the full scoop here.

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