Magazine article USA TODAY

Bagging It the Eco-Friendly Way

Magazine article USA TODAY

Bagging It the Eco-Friendly Way

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In 2004, ChicoBag founder Andy Keller took a trip to a local landfill and was horrified to notice a sea of single-use bags. On his ride home, he continued to see the bags littered everywhere. At that moment, he vowed to stop using the sacks and subsequently set out to create reusable bags that are lightweight and convenient to carry.

Intending to raise awareness of the impact of single-use bags, Keller whipped up the "Bag Monster:' a costume made out of 500 plastic bags. This number, astonishingly, represents the average number of bags one person uses in a single year. Aiming to take a big bite out of that figure, the extensive line of ChicoBags includes totes just right for trips to the market as well as ventures around the world.

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The Duffel rePETe ($39.99) offers a large main zipper compartment to hold essentials, and three internal mesh sections for effortless access to smaller items. Perfect for an overnight excursion or jaunt to the gym, it features a removable, adjustable shoulder strap, easy-to-grab handles, and a separate zipper pocket. …

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