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Patty Reed Insta-Totes are an eco-friendly choice! The key
component in our polypropylene bag material is recycled water
bottles. Bottles are melted down to form fibers which are then
woven into the tough, reinforced and waterproof material used in
our tote bags. Plus, Insta-Totes are recyclable again into
other new products, should you ever decide to toss them.
Insta-Totes are a “green” choice, indeed!
We recommend cleaning your Insta-Totes between uses to prevent any potentially harmful bacterial growth or cross-contamination of foods. Also recommended: use grocery totes exclusively for groceries.

To sanitize your Insta-Totes:
Spray after each use with a strong solution of bleach water (10 parts water, 1 part bleach) or a pre-mixed spray sanitizer. Wipe dry with a paper towel, or for best results, let air-dry.
In light of the recent lead scare in reusable shopping totes, Patty Reed Insta-Totes is proud to report that after testing our bags, the lead content was found to be “undetectable” or well below the maximum limit set by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission. Lead content in reusable shopping totes is not a health risk, although it will inhibit the recycling process. Insta-Totes are, and have always been, completely recyclable and an environmentally healthy choice. We will continue to be proactive with testing to assure consumers that our bags are not a safety issue.
Patty Reed Insta-Totes were tested at Apex labs in Tigard, Oregon. For more information or test results, contact us.

The cashier asks, “Paper or plastic?” when bagging up your purchases. Either option has long- term costs to our environment. Take a look at the following facts, then choose Patty Reed Insta-Totes and make a BIG difference:
  • Appoximately 100 billion plastic shopping bags are used in the US every year. It requires an estimated 12 million barrels of oil to make that many plastic bags.
  • The average person uses over 355 plastic throw-away bags a year, and only 1-2% of plastic bags get recycled in the US.
  • A 15-year-old tree can yield about 700 paper grocery bags. A busy supermarket could use all of them in under an hour. This means one supermarket can go through over 6 million paper bags or about 8500 trees in one year.
  • 4 million trees a year are cut down to make just 10 million paper bags.
  • Approximately 1 billion trees worth of paper are thrown away every year in the US.
  • In the US, approximately 2,500,000 plastic bottles are used every hour, and most are thrown away. Patty Reed Insta-Totes are made from recycled plastic bottles.
Make a difference with PATTY REED INSTA-TOTES -- a smart, economical choice that’s friendly to our environment!

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