It's confession time for me again. One of my biggest eco-friendly oopsies is that I constantly forget to bring my reusable bags in to stores when I go shopping. It's not that I don't have plenty- I have dozens of them, in fact! No, it's that I'm a space cadet and I forget to grab them even though I usually keep my bags easily accessible in my car. But with my ChicoBag Reusable Bags I find I do this a lot less. Let me tell you why!
ChicoBag started in 2004 when the now-President Andy Keller took a trip to his local landfill. He noticed something while there- the dominant article in the landfill were plastic shopping bags. This bothered him enough to start thinking about a better alternative- LONG before reusable bags were common place and trendy! He invested a bit of money on a second hand sewing machine and ChicoBag Reusable Bags were born!
Since that day in 2008 ChicoBag has grown to include about a dozen different styles of bags in 3 eco-friendly fabrics (including their rePETe (tm) fabric made from recylced post consumer water bottles) in a variety of price ranges to meet everyone's needs. From the DayPack20 for $24.99 to the $5.99 ChicoBag Original! ChicoBag also has their Produce Stand Collection that contains a variety of produce bags- great for when you shop for produce in the grocery store or farmer's market!
ChicoBag can help you be more eco-friendly this Holiday season. Their new Reusable Holiday Bags make perfect gifts that the recipient can use year round or store with the rest of their Christmas decorations and use as their special holiday shopping bags at Christmas time only. I can imagine many of my friends and family first pulling out these bags to go on their Black Friday Adventures! The fun and colorful designs will really help put you in the Holiday Spirit. These bags can also be used as an eco-friendly way to wrap presents and be like two gifts in one, and since each ChicoBag comes with a pouch that makes your ChicoBag compact enough to fit nicely into your purse or pocket, they also make a great stocking stuffer!
This pouch is the reason why I love my ChicoBag Reusable Bags so much! Once I unload my groceries or products from my bags I just roll them because up, put them in their pouches, and place them back in my purse. My other bags don't compact enough to store in my small purse so they aren't there when I need them. But my ChicoBag Reusable Bags are! And since they are my largest and strongest reusable bags they are usually all I need when I go grocery or clothes shopping. And if I love them this much, I can only imagine that my friends and family would love them as well!
What I Love: ChicoBag Reusable Bags are large, strong, and made from eco-friendly fabrics. They are affordable considering how much use you can get out of just one bag and beautiful because they really put a lot of thought into each design like the Heal the Bay bag inspired by Amy Smart! I also love their Collegiate line of bags so you can show your support for your favorite college team while being eco-friendly! ChicoBag product can also be found in Brick and Mortar stores near you!
What I Don't Love: There really isn't anything I can think of! Perhaps a cheaper bag in the $2-3 range for someone on a budget, but I'd worry that the quality of the bags wouldn't be as nice at a cheaper price.
ChicoBag products can be purchased online directly from the website or you can use the Store Locator to find a store near you or an online store that carries ChicoBag products.
The 2010 Holiday ChicoBag that I mentioned in the review comes in 3 seasonal colors- Green, Red, and Blue, and sells for $12.99. They would make a great gift, eco-friendly wrapping baby, or stocking stuffer!
Other bags range in price from $5.99 to $24.99. Check out the website or the ChicoBag Brochure for information on other products offered by ChicoBag.
ChicoBag is offering one lucky winner a 2010 Holiday ChicoBag to help make your holiday a bit more eco-friendly!
Mandatory Entry: You must do this for all other entries to count and to be entered in this giveaway! Head on over to the ChicoBag Store Locator, enter in your zip code, and tell me where you can find a ChicoBag retailer near you! Also, you must be a public Google Friend Connect Follower of my blog to enter this giveaway. The widget to follow my blog is in the right sidebar.
Don't forget to leave an e-mail address so I know where to contact you if you win! You only need to post your e-mail on one entry.
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-Tell me another product besides the 2010 Holiday ChicoBag that you would like to own (style and color)
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-Purchase a ChicoBag product during the course of this giveaway from any retailer (worth 10 entries, I will confirm the purchase if you win so keep your confirmation email or receipt!)
-Tell me who you'd like to give ChicoBag product to this Holiday Season if you happen to be the winner!
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-Tweet about this giveaway. You can use this Tweet or write your own: Eco-Friendly Gift Wrap Idea: @ChicoBag Reusable Bags! Win one with @EFandFrugal! Ends 12/19 http://bit.ly/dV8yya #green #giveaway (2 Tweets per DAY-at least 2 hours apart- 1 Entry per Tweet)
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This giveaway is open to my readers who are 18 year of age or older with a US mailing address and will end on December 19th, 2010 at 10PM Mountain Time. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be selected. Good luck, everyone!
ChicoBag provided me with a free product for the purpose of this review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product. All opinions expressed are my own. I was not paid to write this review.