It’s possible my hoarder tendencies are showing, but in my opinion you can never have too many bags. Or too large of a bag. Or too many large bags. Basically I’ve spent the last 10 years equipped for every contingency at all times, despite never having used 95% of the stuff I’m carting around. No doubt I’m keeping my chiropractor in business carrying around a giant sack all the time.
But regardless of the actual necessity of said items, and despite the fact that I rarely leave the house for more than a few hours at a time (and no longer have any diapered children) I NEED a fully stocked purse with me at all times. And because I have the attention span of a gnat, I am naturally always in the market for a newer, better, prettier option.
Meet the Net Effects Terra Tote. This gorgeous pink bag is seriously HUGE. I can fit all of my purse essentials and still have tons of room left over for snacks, a water bottle, books, you name it.
It works awesome as a diaper bag or everyday hold everything handbag, but it would also be fantastic as a picnic bag for trips to the park, as a library tote for those trips when all 12 of my requested books arrive at once. The material feels water resistant (I didn’t spill on it to test), so it could easily be taken along on trips to the pool or lake- although the weave is pretty tight so I think it would hold sand if you brought it to the beach. You could even use the Terra tote as a shopping bag for quick trips when you aren’t supplying an army of children. I can just picture some elegant French woman riding her bicycle home from the market with a baguette and fresh bouquet of flowers peeking out. (I actually considered acting out this scenario, but I don’t even own a bike and I think the effect would be somewhat ruined by the sight me wedging myself onto one of the kids’)
But the best part? The best part is the company itself. Designed to be zero waste, Net Effects bags are made using recycled materials and remnants from agricultural and industrial netting. They are made by women in Cambodia, many of whom are deaf, disabled, or have been victims of land mines, and all of whom are paid a fair living wage for their skills.
And every style is under $100.
If that isn’t enough, a portion of each sale goes to Nothing but Nets, a program that provides mosquito nets to families in need to help fight against malaria. Usually a cute bag is justification enough for a purchase, but it always helps to know that I’m supporting a company that works to make the world a better place.
So let’s see: a gorgeous bag that holds everything I need (and more), fits into my budget, creates zero waste while providing life sustaining jobs for women in need, and a portion of all sales are donated to help eradicate a dangerous disease? I’m not sure you could ask for more from one accessory.
please note: I was provided the Terra Tote in exchange for this honest review. I was not compensated in any other way, and all opinions are fully my own. Please check out Net Effects website for further information on their social programs and to see the other styles available. Use code NETTYNOW for 15% off all purchases through July 26th