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Love That Bag Dryer (+ Giveaway!!!)

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If you know me personally, then you can attest firsthand to my abhorrence of waste. I am a trash vigilante. From recycling toilet paper inserts, to sorting and recycling the plastic attachment and paper tag on new garments, to upcycling ribbon from gifts, I go to great lengths to keep things out of the waste stream.

Which is why Elana Kann’s “Love This Bag Dryer” is so amazing. Long time readers may recall my initial post about this item (formerly known as Branching Out Woodworks). I’ve been using the dryer for over 3 years now, and can attest to its durability, its unobtrusiveness, and its efficacy. In short, it holds up well, it doesn’t get in the way, and it really works. I am constantly drying bags out on it. I painted my bag dryer dark brown, to match the trim color on my moulding, but it doesn’t need it to work.

Made locally by Elana, a woodworker and artist, the dryers have a spruce base and birch dowels. There are two models to choose from, either countertop (shown in the second photo) or wall-mounted (shown in my house and in the third photo). They come in kits, easily assembled in about 5 minutes. Best of all, Elana has offered to give away a model of their choice (countertop or wall-mounted) to one small measure reader!

To enter, simply leave a comment below. You can write “Pick me!” or perhaps detail something specific that you’re doing to reduce waste and curb pollution. I’m ALWAYS on the hunt for additional ways to put the kibosh on waste. I’ll run the giveaway for one week, concluding next Monday, February 2nd, midnight EST. Open to those in North America only (sorry international buddies! That shouldn’t stop you from ordering, though!).

Even if you’re not the winner, now would be a wonderful time to purchase one of those bag dryers for yourself or a loved one, as local non-profit RiverLink and LoveThisBagDryer! are teaming up to keep plastic bags out of the French Broad River in Western North Carolina (which has the distinction of being the third oldest river in the world-it’s true!). To raise funds for its river cleanup, 14% of all sales of LoveThisBagDryer! through Valentine’s Day, February 14th,  will be donated to Riverlink for its annual springtime Clean Streams Day. The goal is to raise at least $400 for this purpose. Let’s help them reach that goal!

UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed. Thank you so, so very much to all that entered! Congratulations to our winner, Tess Church, randomly selected. Please keep in mind that there’s just over a week left to support the LoveThisBagDryer and River Link joint initiative. For every bag dryer sold, 14% of the profits will go towards the annual French Broad River Clean Streams Day this spring. So, hop on over and purchase one now, if you’re so inclined!


58 Responses to Love That Bag Dryer (+ Giveaway!!!)

  • Jane says:

    I would love this, didn’t know it existed, will have to put it on my gift list if I’m not lucky enough to win one!!!! Thanks for a chance to win one!!!!

  • Deidre Morrison says:

    Oooh! If I’m not lucky enough to win this giveaway, I’ll be purchasing one next week!

  • Gail says:

    Love going back to the things that work the best…pick me

  • Beth Ables says:

    Me please! My husband hangs our bags over the kitchen sink spigot, which drives me crazy (so he’d LOVE this). I actually like keeping chickens to give (some of) our kitchen scraps to–we have a compost pile, but for some reason it’s totally satisfying giving them a “treat” with our leftovers.
    I also love using some of our trash for kid’s crafts before they make the journey to the recycling bins. One fold in a toilet paper insert makes a great heart- shaped stamp!

  • Carrie Rock says:

    I recently moved into an apt. upstairs of an old farmhouse where there is no garbage pickup. So anything I can do to reduce waste is very appreciated.

  • Amy deaver says:

    Love this product! Love that you can hang it to. Recently found biodegradable bags that are washable. Switching over and will use til they degrade down.

  • Yasmin says:

    We’ve started composting and reusing as much as we can. This would be super helpful!

  • Sweta says:

    I recently had to stop saving bags because my roommates were annoyed at my attempts to find a good place to dry them, and they always seemed to get in the way. This would be the perfect remedy! pick me!

  • beth p. says:

    Quite lovely … and so useful. Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Erin Ellis says:

    How fantastic! I always leave my bag drying all over the kitchen and it drives my family crazy! Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    ErinLoves2Run at gmail dot com

  • Clementine says:

    I had no idea you could wash and reuse those bags! I love it.

  • steph says:

    this is definitely one of those things I could totally use but would never buy myself

  • Jackie says:

    I hate throwing out plastic bags, but I also hate washing/drying them, so this would be a much better solution that propping them up with a wooden spoon in the drying rack.

  • Michelle says:

    oh pick me, pick me! This is a great idea. I love using cloth napkins instead of paper and rags instead of paper towels.

  • Karla says:

    Love this! My crock full of wooden spoons is always covered with drying plastic bags. This would be so much easier. Thanks, Ashley.

  • Adah says:

    Clever! And with a lovely pair of purposes.

  • Audrey says:

    I didn’t even know this existed!!!!! It would be so helpful. I’m always using some type of bottle to prop my bags on when letting them dry.

  • Justin says:

    I just endured a powerful rebuke from my darling wife after hanging a few bags to dry in a non bag drying spot this weekend . This would certainly bring peace to our little place when some bags need drying.

  • Jennie says:

    Genius! It seems a waste to throw out a perfectly good plastic zip bag. One green thing I do is bring my own fabric bags to the stores. I figure that I don’t take about 10 plastic bags a week. 520 bags a year! It adds up.

  • Sarah M says:

    Yes! I love this idea!

  • Laurie says:

    I currently dry my re-used bags by hanging them from my stove hood on quartz magnets. This would be a lovely improvement. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  • Maria says:

    Would love this. I have tried to use the reusable bags they sell with Velcro however you can only wash them so many times before they get nasty. Have gone back to some zip lock style bags and washing them again. This looks like a good idea.

  • ChristyMN says:

    this so reminds me of my Yugoslavian-born grandma who was my recycling, reusing hero.

  • Monica says:

    Love the wall mount option!!

  • Meghan says:

    Growing up I always thought my grandmother was so eccentric since she saved and re-used everything. Now I find myself doing the same things! This would make reusing zip bags so much easier.

  • This is an incredible idea- love it!

  • Laurie Dimino says:

    Would love to win this nifty gadget to dry bags etc. can’t believe I don’t have one yet, since I’m a clothesline and drying rack queen when it comes to laundry etc, this would be a great addition to the kitchen! Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Doris says:

    “Pick me!”

  • Rhonda says:

    I bring jars and cloth bags (sewn by my husband for our bulk items) to the store to refill my herbs, spices and dry goods. I once made the mistake of putting rice in the bag that normally holds oatmeal and when I poured the bag of rice into the rice jar there were pieces of oatmeal mixed with rice. Now my bags are all clearly labeled.
    I also like to keep a basket in the car filled with plates, silverware and cloth napkins. We like to eat at the food carts in Portland and I don’t love eating off of paper plates. Using real plates and silverware makes it feel like real food to me… and I’m not creating more waste.

  • KC says:

    Those would make a really great pasta drying rack too! Though I would use it for bags too. We are all about the glass storage jars here. And I made all our snack bags out of cloth. I only use plastic bags for the freezer. We use dish towels instead of paper towels. I’m even converting over to all cloth for face and nose tissues instead of paper.

  • Teresa says:

    Since we have moved into our new house, we have been recycling and reusing what we can. Pick me!

  • Carla S says:

    I stopped using plastic water bottles and only use reusable glass or plastic water bottles. :)

  • Patty says:

    What a great idea – a bag dryer. Much nicer than hanging my bags on the top of the knives in my pottery pitcher.

  • ieva bell-shippee says:

    Choose me!….I have been a bag recycler for years. This is such a clever and practical design.

  • JamieK says:

    You know, why could I have not come up with this? I’m forever in search of anything that sticks up on my cabinet top to turn my washed baggies upside down on! This is such a brilliant and practical thing to have!

  • Heather says:

    We use the plastic produce bags from the grocery store. I bought a reusable set but can’t seem to find that “safe place” I put them…

  • Elana is an amazing wood worker and I would love one of these-I dry out my bags, putting them on top of tall glasses or bottles-this would be so much more efficient and nice-looking!!


  • Mary Ann Cauthen says:

    I am so glad to see this. I am a recycling “nut” & get ridiculed often for this. I wash & hang the plastic bags all over the place – on plants, hanging basket hooks, paint brushes turned upside in pots in the laundry room. Thanks for this!! Pick me!! P.S. I also reuse the waxed paper inside cracker boxes, cereal boxes, etc. It works just like a roll of waxed paper. Mary Ann

  • Lydia says:

    what a great idea! on the rare occasion that I can’t line dry my clothes – I save my dryer lint for fire starter.

  • Kim McCallie says:

    I would love to have the wall-mounted dryer. Love it!

  • Lisa says:

    I’m always looking for places to hang those plastic bags! This looks great.

  • Marissa says:

    I’ve been hanging them over the faucet. But this would be so much better!

  • Teresa says:

    I grew up with washing out all plastic bags and pinning them to the clothes line outside. Today, I still washout all my bags and especially use the bread bags to hold ice cubes. I still wash out baggies and hang them outside or prop them up against something on the dish rack or over a spoon or other utensil to hold it up so this lovely bag holder will be perfect for my kitchen. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Tess says:

    You know what we use ours for when it’s not drying bags? Draining and drying all of our metal water bottles, our Kleen Kanteens! That way they don’t get funky sitting on the counter. Yours looks beautiful!

  • Leanne says:

    Pick me… This would be so handy in our new homestead.

  • Stacey says:

    Love this!

  • Joyce Blue says:

    what a great idea. I love this, always looking for things to make my life better.. This looks like one.

  • Tommy says:

    OH! I’ve been wanting one of these for at least a year! I thought about making one, but never get around to it. Maybe I’ll get lucky and win one and finally have a proper place to dry my bags instead of in random spots in my kitchen!

  • Jenn says:

    I just stopped buying plastic bags one day. It took some getting used to because they are so handy at times. I use cloth snack bags with Velcro. I wash them in my sink with soapy hot water and usually hang them on the kitchen cabinet pulls! This would be perfect mounted on the cabinet by my sink! I could hang the bags and my dish cloth!

  • Jocelyn Dockerty says:

    This would be so lovely to use beyond just drying bags!

  • Lorene says:

    I would love to stop using plastic bags completely, but with two boys I grade school, that’s not likely to happen anytime soon. Meanwhile, I keep bag use to a minimum, re-use without washing (!) when I can, recycle, and wash the sturdier bags. Would love that dryer to help with the now-where-the-heck-can-I-put-this-to-dry phase of plastic bag washing.

  • Jennifer N. says:

    Would truly love one of these. Have started paying much more attention to the amount of waste we produce.

  • ann says:

    What a great idea. I struggle with how to gett the bags dry

  • Tia Bednar says:

    Pick Me!!! I would love a bag dryer, I always try to reuse mine till the end.

  • Katie Frey says:

    What an awesome product! I could definitely use this in my kitchen.

  • Jenn H says:

    Pick me!

  • Angie says:

    This would come in very handy in our kitchen where we always re-use ziploc bags as well as rinse out our cloth reusable bags that get lots of use in the lunch boxes!

  • Georgette says:

    Buying one and more for gifts. Thank you for sharing!