March 21, 2013

Optari Durable Totes and Accessories

I have to admit, I am a little confused by the Optari products we were sent:

Apparently they are popular with tween celebrities, but they just remind me of Crocs. They are made of the same weird material, and the charm pop on just they way charms pop onto Crocs. Even the bottom of the tote looks like a shoe!
Our popular Sol Totes come in two sizes and lots of colors. Durable, waterproof, and easily cleanable, our customers use them for all sorts of things. Tote bag, beach or pool bag, gift bag, lunch tote, shower caddy, bathtub toy bag, diaper bag, etc., there are dozens of uses for a Sol Tote. Once you've chosen your tote, don't forget to customize it with our Fobbz and Mini Fobbz charm collections.

I couldn't find any information about what these Optari products, and I have always had my suspicions about Crocs. The Daily Green writes:
In the absence of direct response, I resorted to research. Their site says: "Think Crocs are made of rubber? Your friend is adamant they're plastic? You're both wrong. Crocs are made of PCCR, a closed-cell material that virtually eliminates odour. No one will clear a room with smelly feet if they are wearing a pair of Crocs. The material also discourages sweating, making Crocs even more comfortable." A quick Google reveals nothing, as PCCR is some sort of "proprietary" blend Crocs makes, likely a petroleum-derived foam. (Read Treehugger's take, or Debra Lynn Dadd's.

Croc knockoffs like the ones made by iPlay are made of EVA plastic, which is a lot better than the PVC/vinyl most jelly shoes are constructed from. I wasn't able to find any sort of study that said anything about plastics leaching via scraped bitty toes into bitty bodies.

Reviewers on Amazon say this is a great bag to take into the shower at the gym, and my daughter was immediately attracted to it and wanted it.

When PR companies approach me, I always tell them their products will be evaluated based on their eco-friendly properties. So companies identify these properties for me, some stretch and find a reason. I was told this product was eco-friendly because it is durable and not wasteful. Clearly, it is not a green product, but a gimmick to bring the Croc craze to handbags.

disclosure: The products described above were sent to us as free samples. Prior assurances as to the nature of the reviews, whether positive or negative, were not given. No financial payments were accepted in exchange for the reviews. The reviews reflect our honest, authentic opinions.

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