Bagging the Single-Use-Habit
Who They Are
ChicoBag began when founder Andy Keller visited his local landfill and noticed that it was flooded with plastic bags. As he continued to look around his community, plastic bags were littered everywhere–so he vowed to give up using single use plastic bags for good. In 2004, he bought a used sewing machine and created his first reusable bag, leading to the creation of ChicoBag. From backpacks to grocery bags, ChicoBag makes bagging the single-use habit easy with their durable, stylish, rePETe fabric! Join the movement to bag the single use habit!
Why We Like Them
ChicoBag is on a mission to end the reliance on single-use plastic bags. By creating reusable products made from recycled materials, they’re doing their part to promote a sustainable lifestyle. Since their creation, ChicoBag has helped over 1.8 million people reduce their use of disposable plastic bags, which has saved approximately 779 million plastic bags from entering the landfill. ChicoBag makes bagging the single-use habit easy.
ChicoBag not only puts an emphasis on reducing plastic use, they also aim to create new products out of plastic waste. One of their signature fabrics, rePETe, transforms water bottles into a usable, durable fabric. They also utilize natural, sustainable fabrics such as organic cotton and hemp to create their sustainable lifestyle products. From produce bags and snack packs, to shopping bags and backpacks, ChicoBag has what you need.
As a fellow B Corp, ChicoBag has committed to uphold some of the most rigorous standards for social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. They’re also Climate Neutral Certified, meaning they’ve undergone an extensive process of measuring and offsetting their overall footprint to achieve net-zero (or better) carbon emissions!
Recycled PET Fabric
Brands that are Climate Neutral Certified have achieved net-zero carbon emissions while maintaining production and delivery of their products and services over the course of a year. Through Climate Neutral, brands undergo a process to measure, offset, and ultimately reduce their carbon emissions — representing their continued commitment to our planet’s well-being.
The B Lab is a third-party, non-profit organization that certifies companies as socially and environmentally responsible. B Corps are businesses that go above and beyond traditional business models and aim to create positive change in the world through their practices. These companies must meet rigorous transparency and accountablity standards, while doing what is best for people and the environment.
This product helps promote a more sustainable lifestyle. Whether it encourages re-use and the movement away from disposable products, or it promotes sustainable actions like recycling and composting, this product can help you lower your environmental footprint.
This company donates a portion of their time or profits to charitable efforts in their community or abroad.
Recycled nylon salvages post-industrial and post-consumer nylon scraps in order to create new items. The scraps are cleaned, sorted, stripped down, and separated into fibers before being transformed into completely new products. This process avoids the energy and resource extraction required to produce virgin fibers, and takes advantage of the efforts used to create the item initially. Recycling nylon provides a second life for materials which might otherwise end up polluting the ocean or buried in a landfill. Recycled nylon can be made from salvaged fishing nets as well as carpet and scraps from clothing production.
Recycling scrap aluminum uses just 5% of the energy required to create virgin aluminum. When first-time aluminum is manufactured, the extraction, transportation, and processing required uses large amounts of energy, emits CO2, and degrades the natural environment due to deforestation and mining. Recycling aluminum not only reduces these harmful consequences, but also decreases the amount of aluminum taking up space in landfills. Best of all, aluminum maintains the same properties each time it is recycled, so it can be transformed into new materials indefinitely.
Repreve is a certified brand of 100% post-consumer recycled PET fabric. Recycled PET utilizes salvaged post-consumer products such as water bottles and other plastic containers. These plastics are dried, crushed, and spun into yarn in order to create recycled PET fabric, or polyester. By providing a use for recycled plastics, companies encourage recycling programs worldwide, while adding new value to discarded items. Currently, over half of virgin PET production goes towards making textiles, so by utilizing recycled PET, post-consumer materials are both diverting waste while taking the place of raw materials. This helps to reduce the demand for the extraction of oil, as well as energy used to produce new synthetic fibers. Repreve has saved over 4 billion water bottles from entering the landfill since 2009.
Recycled PET utilizes salvaged post-industrial PET scraps and post-consumer products such as water bottles and other plastic containers. These plastics are dried, crushed, and spun into yarn in order to create recycled PET fabric, or polyester. By providing a use for recycled plastics, companies encourage recycling programs worldwide, while adding new value to discarded items. Currently, over half of virgin PET production goes towards making textiles, so by utilizing recycled PET, post-consumer materials are both diverting waste while taking the place of raw materials. This helps to reduce the demand for the extraction of oil, as well as energy used to produce new synthetic fibers.