A major cause of roadside litter, fresh and salt water pollution, plastic bags plague our planet from production to disposal. Toxins leech from the plastic as they lay in water. Animals suffer tragic deaths having come into contact with plastic bag litter. Some animals ingest the bags and die from blocked intestines, while others are strangled or suffocated. The use of plastic bags has been rationalized with the “but I reuse them” mentality. They carry clothes to the gym, lunch to work – even pick up dog waste for disposal.
ChicoBag was born in 2004 when Andy Keller noted the horrifying number of plastic bags floating around the local landfill. He sewed the first ChicoBag himself, on a second-hand sewing machine and a few prototypes later, came up with the functional and stylish ChicoBags sold today. Impressively green, his company has several programs available to benefit the environment. The ChicoBag Zero Waste Materials program is set up to collect ChicoBags in good or poor condition for redistribution to families that cannot afford to purchase reusable bags, or local artists, crafters and nonprofits for repurposing. The ChicoBag offices have a waste diversion program, dividing recyclable material, landfill trash and compostable items that are enjoyed by the office chickens. The company is also a member of Green America, due to their commitment and action, improving the environment responsibly.
Chicobag recently sent me a great reusable bag, produce bags and reusable lunch bags to try out. I absolutely loved the Sling Bohemian River Stripe! The material is strong and high quality. It’s constructed well, and the handle is plenty long enough to wear diagonally. This is important to me, because I have a small frame and handled bags fall right off of my shoulder. That’s really annoying when I have to carry several at once or one while walking a long distance. Anytime I find a bag that can be worn diagonally, I’m happy to try it! The River Stripe pattern is pretty, too. I found it very convenient to fold it up, pack it in the attached pouch so cleverly sewn into the bag, and attach it to my purse with the carabiner clip. I mostly used it for groceries, but carried my laptop in it a few times, too. The ability to fold it into a small pouch makes it my go-to option when shopping at the farmer's market or other outdoor fairs while walking my dog. I personally love the full line of ChicoBag products available on Amazon!
I found the Produce Stand rePETe Mesh 3 Pack to be the same high quality, durable construction. They came in great colors, are machine washable and are made from 94% recycled materials! According to their website, “When you see a ChicoBag® brand reusable bag with the rePETe™ logo, you can be sure of two things. First, the fabric used in the bag production is 100% recycled PET. Second, many other components used in production (the aluminum carabiner, polyurethane cording, etc.) are made from recycled sources as well.”
The Snack Time rePETe™ lunch bags were innovative, attractively designed and also well-constructed. Made of 78% recycled content, they’re really two bags in one. They can be used full sized, to accommodate a sandwich or half sized for snacks. Genius!
Their best sellers are the Snack Time rePETe bags, as well as their Sling rePETe bags, which they offer in different prints and patterns. Another customer favorite is the bottle sling rePETe. Be sure to check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.