The Green Garmento Reusable Dry Cleaning Bag Product Review

by heather

Ok, so you’re wondering what the heck a “green garmento” is, right?

Well, if you have to dry clean a lot of your clothes, then prepare to be happy. I know I was when I first discovered this bag.

Want a bonus perk? Keep reading to discover how to get your own Green Garmento bag FOR FREE.

What Is The Green Garmento?

You know when you pick up your clothes at the dry cleaners, they’re encased in that single-use plastic bag? Well, each year over 350 million pounds of these plastic bags are dumped into U.S. landfills.

Rick Siegel, founder of The Green Garmento, didn’t like this. At all. So, he decided to do something about it. He created a reusable dry cleaning bag and started peddling it to dry cleaners. After all, if dry cleaners would give these reusable bags to their customers instead of the plastic, one-use bags, it’d sure help the environment, right?

Right.

Well, it works. Dry cleaning companies have been ordering these to use instead of plastic bags. It’s a huge perk to customers (because they get such a nice bag), and the cleaning companies get their logo embossed on the bag. In the long run they save money because they don’t have to keep buying tons of plastic.

Get Your Own FREE Green Garmento Bag

Now, if you’re not a dry cleaning company, don’t worry. You can still get your own Green Garmento bag. And guess what? Rick’s giving them out for FREE.

Click here to go right to the page to get your own FREE Green Garmento Bag.

The Green Garmento Specs

The Green Garmento is made from 100% recycled polypropylene. It has reinforced nylon handles and each bag will hold 10-12 lbs. of hanging clothes comfortably. They can be thrown in the wash, or cleaned with anti-bac spray and water. Your choice.

They offer several different lengths:

  • 40″
  • 48″
  • 52″
  • 72″

Why I Love The Green Garmento

Rick was kind enough to send me two Green Garmento bags so I could try them out on my own. And, I must say I was impressed with the bags.

Why do I love them?

First off, because the whole thing is a fantastic idea. This one product can help keep millions of pounds of plastic out of our landfills, and help cut down on our consumption of oil (because we won’t have to make as much plastic). My heartfelt thanks goes out to Rick for making such a great product.

I also love it because it’s got multiple uses. You can use it to hang in your closet to store your dirty clothes that are bound for the dry cleaners. It’s a duffle, so you can use it to transport your clothes in. And when they’re clean, The Green Garmento keeps them that way until you get home.

In fact, I’m using one of them as a general laundry bag. I hung it on a hook behind the door. It works great because the bags are actually quite large. And if you need to travel, then they fold up incredibly small.

The Green Garmento is a great product all around. And since Rick is currently giving them out for free, how can you beat that?

Disclaimer

Everything in this product review is 100% my own opinion. All product specs and sources come from the Green Garmento website: www.thegreengarmento.com

This is NOT a paid or sponsored post. There are no paid or sponsored posts on The Greenest Dollar.

I did generously receive 2 Green Garmento bags for the purpose of this review, but Rick was well aware I’d give my honest opinion about his product. Fortunately, it’s a good one!

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Beth @ Smart Family Tips January 26, 2009 at 6:33 am

How cool! I’d never heard of these. What a great solution for getting rid of all that plastic. The numbers are staggering. I really like that the Green Garmento is made out of recycled polypropylene — one of the less harmful substances out there. I’m heading over to check out their site.

Linda January 26, 2009 at 12:13 pm

Great Idea … Is Rick having a problem fulfilling orders from the dry cleaners cause with this type of product it should be shooting to the top of backorders. Hooray for you and Rick for sharing! Thanks

heather January 26, 2009 at 12:27 pm

Hi Linda,

I don’t think he’s had a problem filling orders, at least not that I’ve heard. He’s trying to get the word out about his product in the hopes that consumers will start asking for reusable bags at their local dry cleaners. Which is, I’m assuming here, why he’s offering everyone a free bag!

Thanks for writing in!

dick davis February 2, 2009 at 8:00 pm

I cannot believe people are buying into this. It is POLYPROPELENE and that is man-made…recycled or not. I would never use this. I am not the greenest of people but I recycle and figure that if I replace plastic bag it will be with a natural fiber like cotton or hemp or better yet, organic cotton. With this garmento (dumb name) bag, I would just be replacing one plastic with another. No wonder this guy is handing them out for free. Seriously, this “review” reads like a press release. There was not one critical comment. Please folks, go green but get rid of those products that are made from oil (polypropelene) or plastic, nylon or other man-made fabrics. Please reserve your “heart-felt thanks” for the real thing.

heather February 3, 2009 at 6:46 am

Hi Dick,

Thanks for taking the time to write in.

I must respectfully disagree with your views on this product, and here’s why: Rick and his team at the Green Garmento are trying to sell this bag en masse to dry cleaners all around the country. Yes, it’s made from recycled polypropolene, but every bag that is given out to consumers is going to replace dozens or hundreds of “traditional” plastic bags that the cleaners normally give out (and which are quickly thrown away).

If these bags were made from organic cotton, they would be far too expensive for these dry cleaning companies to buy in bulk. That’s just a fact of business. If he used organic cotton these bags would be four times the price, and far fewer people would buy/have access to them. So I think that he’s doing the most good for the most people buy using recycled plastic.

Secondly, every review that I put up here at the Greenest Dollar is my honest opinion. There were no criticisms of the Green Garmento because I found nothing to criticize, and I’m certainly not going to go looking for fault just to have it in my reviews. That is dishonest and cynical.

Again, thank you for taking the time to give your opinion about this!

rick siegel February 7, 2009 at 10:48 pm

Heather,

Thank you for the nice words and even more for your defense of our effort.

Our goal is to fully replace the 300,000,000+ single use plastic drycleaning bags that annually end up in this country’s landfills. We don’t pretend polypropylene bags are perfect, that’s why our tagline is, “Be Fantastic, Use Less Plastic.” Perfect would be a world that had needed no fuel, no steel, no compromises between living our lives and protecting our earth. But in the meantime, if our drycleaners replace 300,000,000 single use with reusable bags that we can then recyclable, seems to me that’s a very large step in the right direction.

And it’s not just plastic that gets saved: the drycleaners that change from single use to reusable garment bags spend between 50 and 70% less on their year to year garment shipping/protection costs, that’s pretty cool, huh?

And it’s why we give out the free GREEN GARMENTO’s (which, LInda we do have for you and anyone else who wants one); it’s the best way we know to help environmentally conscious consumers introduce this concept to their drycleaner.

Thanks again, Rick from THE GREEN GARMENTO.

Anne March 17, 2009 at 10:39 pm

Too bad the Green Garmento bag is made out of the thing we want not to use..PLASTIC! and you can’t wash it. I prefer the Reusenik cotton bag made by with the zipper.
Why can’t they be made in cotton cheap enough for dry cleaners? Maybe it’s time to change the culture of dry cleaners.

Cotton is better..Green Garmento is trying to make a buck off the green movement and not really interested in a sustainable lifestyle.
Check out the cotton garment bags…

Sue March 30, 2009 at 3:48 pm

I try to buy clothes that don’t require dry cleaning as often as possible, but I sometimes can’t avoid it. I’ve only just heard about these, and I think it’s a great way to personally help fight the amount of plastic out there. After digging around, I found that you can get a set of 2 bags from http://www.greenhome.com/ for under $20!

Kathy Daniels January 28, 2011 at 3:05 pm

We sell not only our style of re-usable dry cleaning bags but also many sizes of regular unbleached cotton bags. The cotton bags can be washed, (shrinking can be a problem) and are the preferred style of bag for conservators, designers and archivers. While they are more expensive than the recycled plastic kind, they will last much longer. They are tough and yet provide such delicate care for anything from dress shirts to wedding gowns.

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