Mess to Masterpiece

You know what it feels like I do all day long? It feels like all day long I’m picking up trash. I have a 3 year old and a 1 year old, but I’ll be honest and say that it’s the 1 year old that keeps me busy all day. She likes to rip things apart, leave trails of debris in her wake. If she eats, half of it ends up on the floor and I have to pick it up before she steps on it and then tries to eat it. For a little person she makes a lot of garbage.

What’s a Mami to do? I just have to embrace that I am the mother of a wonderfully wild child that makes messes. I recycle and reuse what I can and for the messes (diapers included) that must end up in the garbage, I’m grateful for a garbage bag that can hold its own. There is nothing worse than transporting garbage in a bag that tears when I’m only halfway to the basement where the garbage is collected.

The Glad Black Bag has ForceFlex, which is a diamond-shaped texture that allows it to stretch and helps prevent tears and rips. The drawstrings make closing and securing the bag easy.


I live in a flat in San Francisco and getting the household garbage to the basement requires going down a flight of stairs. I can either make 3 trips to take the kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom garbage down or I can put it all in the Glad Black Bag and make just one trip. Guess which option I prefer?

Fortunately not all our messes have to turn into garbage. You know the saying, one person’s garbage is another person’s treasure? Glad has teamed up with The Picker Sisters, Keep America Beautiful, and mosaic artist Jason Mecier to show the beautiful benefits of turning garbage into treasure.

The Picker Sisters offer inspiration for turning trash into treasure and show you that rescuing a “stained” chair from the garbage heap might be easier than you thought. Or why not turn your garbage into art? Glad Black Bag worked with Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanups across the country to collect items that were used by Jason Mecier and turned into works of art. These works of art will be auctioned off from April 16 through April 26 during the Glad Black Bag art auction on eBay for consumers to bid on with proceeds benefiting KAB’s Great America Cleanup.


This means that you or I could be the proud owners of a piece of art which was created from someone’s garbage. Oh and did I mention that some of this garbage is celebrity garbage? Yup, that’s right. The Jason Mecier pieces include garbage from the likes of actress Amy Smart, actor Jesse Eisenberg, reality star Lauren Conrad, actress Emmanuelle Chriqui of “Entourage,” Parks & Recreation’s Nick Offerman, actress Megan Mullally, Dancing with the Stars’ Chelsie Hightower, and “iCarly’s” Nathan Kress.

So tell me, have you ever repurposed garbage into a treasure?

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Glad Black Bag and received a Glad Black Bag product and a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.


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  • Eva Gallant

    I use Glad, too!

  • Ann in the UP

    I covet those bags.  My first husband used to accuse me of buying dehydrated trash and rehydrating it without any use in between.  I’m the Queen of Trash.  I wish I could make art from it!

    • unknownmami

      I really am amazed by the amount of trash we create, even though we try not to.

  • Lisa@Advent’s Adventures

    Very glad you got the products for the review. With two little ones you need them!  :) You know, I feel the same exact way you do.  My kids are older and all I do it seems is walk around in circles and put things in trash bags. LOL!

  • Tami Miller

    I won’t use anything else but Glad bags.

  • My Inner Chick

    Glad makes me glad.  <3  seriously. 

  • Vidya Sury

    :-) hmmm. I just collect good quality bags and use them for trash. Because the black garbage bag packs are quite useless and split halfway to the collection point. And yes, I am always amazed at the amount we create, even though we repurpose and recycle.