ChicoBag - Produce Bag Complete Starter Kit
The Produce Stand collection by ChicoBag is the first reusable line of produce bags specifically designed to maintain optimal humidity and air flow keeping fruits and vegetables fresh and healthy. The Produce Stand Collection consists of three different reusable produce bags. Each produce bag is constructed from a different fabric designed to optimize freshness when paired with the right produce. All three bags are machine washable and stuff into an adorable apple pouch with an attached carabiner, making it easy to carry and store your bags when not in use.
The Hemp-Cotton blend bag is designed for green beans, nuts, grains and bulk food items. The fabric is a 70 percent hemp, 30 percent cotton blend and is designed to absorb excess moisture and restrict airflow. The rePETe bag is great for squash, broccoli, carrots and celery because it restricts airflow and locks in moisture. The Mesh rePETe is ideal for apples, oranges, potatoes, onions and allows ethylene gas, nature's ripening agent, to escape. Like many of ChicoBags' rePETe products, the rePETe and rePETe Mesh bags are made of 99 percent recycled content. The Produce Stand Collection Complete Starter Kit is the key to reducing your environmental impact and completely eliminating single-use plastic bags from your shopping trips.
Dimensions: Bag 12.5" x 16"
Tare Weights: Mesh rePETe and rePETe - 0.9oz, Hemp-Cotton - 1.1oz
Washing: Machine wash cold and hang dry.
ChicoBag's Mission: To help humanity kick the single-use bag habit.
The mission at ChicoBag is really quite simple - ChicoBag wants to provide best-of-class products and services that result in the significant reduction of single-use bag use. ChicoBag believes they can best achieve their goal by delivering a wide array of reusable bags that deliver solutions to every lifestyle. ChicoBag's commitment to the environment is what motivates them to come to work every day and drives them to provide a trusted brand and a portfolio of quality products aimed at helping humanity solve the environmental challenges ahead.
In order to truly provide quality products ChicoBag knows they must consider every stage of their product lifecycle. ChicoBag believes in implementing programs designed to reduce waste through-out their entire supply chain. From manufacturing to office administration, ChicoBag's waste reduction goals lessen their impact on the planet. ChicoBag also provides their customers with the resources necessary to become involved in the reusable bag movement. ChicoBag's goal is to not only provide best in class products but to also be a hub of information regarding reusable bags.
ChicoBag Company is equipping humanity with tools that will help eliminate the environmental damage caused by single-use paper and plastic bags. ChicoBag has done this by designing reusable bags that are durable, tasteful and most importantly unforgettable. ChicoBag believes addressing even the largest of problems starts with small solutions.
In early 2004, Andy Keller, now ChicoBag president, took a trip to his local landfill after spending the day landscaping his backyard. He was horrified by what he saw. Single-use bags were the dominant article at the landfill that day, blanketing the landscape in a thin mix of white and beige plastic. On his way home he began to notice plastic bags everywhere, caught in trees and on fence posts, half drowned in gutter puddles and blowing in the streets like urban tumbleweeds. That day Andy vowed to stop using single-use bags. Inspired, Andy dropped a few bucks on a second hand sewing machine and began sewing what would ultimately become the first ChicoBag brand reusable bag.
Andy understood that a reusable bag was only valuable if it was reused. He knew his challenge was larger than designing any ordinary reusable bag – this reusable bag needed to be designed to be unforgettable. It needed to be small enough to tote in a pocket and have features that allowed it to clip anywhere.
After countless hours, fabrics and prototypes the Original ChicoBag brand reusable bag, complete with an integrated stuff pouch and attached carabiner, was born. Andy’s ChicoBag brand reusable bags were first sold in 2005 on Earth Day at the Farmers Market in Chico, CA. Initially only available in white, the Original has evolved to include eleven color choices.
In 2008, ChicoBag introduced trademarked rePETe products as part of an evolving effort to reduce our environmental impact. rePETe is a term ChicoBag uses to help their customers identify which ChicoBag brand products are made using recycled content. Every product with the rePETe logo is manufactured using recycled materials. ChicoBag's rePETe products bring them one step closer to providing consumers with a closed loop solution.
ChicoBag is now an industry leader in the compact reusable bag movement and a leading innovator of fashionable, lightweight, bags and packs that can be easily stuffed into an integrated pouch. ChicoBag delivers a wide array of reusable bags that are meant to deliver solutions to every lifestyle. ChicoBag's commitment to the environment drives them to provide a trusted brand and a portfolio of quality products aimed at helping humanity solve the environmental challenges ahead.
ChicoBag's Commitment To Consumer Safety
News has broken about reusable bags sold in stores across the country containing unsafe levels of lead. This does not apply to ChicoBag brand products. ChicoBag wants their customers to rest assured that they have policies in place ensuring that every ChicoBag brand reusable bag is tested not once, not twice, but three times before it ever enters your home.
Your Safety Is ChicoBag's #1 Priority
ChicoBag has not only been concerned about protecting the environment, but the safety of your family as well. ChicoBag knows your children and families use their products, and so do theirs. ChicoBag is committed to upholding the most stringent testing standards for all ChicoBag brand products to keep you, your families, and the environment safe and healthy.
ChicoBag is a leader in upholding rigorous lead testing standards, exceeding government regulations, to ensure consumer safety. ChicoBag utilizes third party testing on every single order. In fact, their products are lead tested three different times before they ever enter your home or business. ChicoBag adheres to testing standards even more stringent than those set forth by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) for children's toys. In addition to the CPSIA standards, ChicoBag goes one step further to ensure their products also adhere to the more stringent lead standards for children's toys set forth in ASTM F963-07.
About ChicoBag's Testing Process
Every production-run of ChicoBag brand product is lead tested by two independent third party organizations. SGS is the world’s leading inspection, Transparency is at the core of ChicoBag's company verification, testing and certification company. EnviroHealth Technologies, Inc. is an industrial hygiene company committed to providing personalized services in the identification, evaluation by lab analyses and management of environmental hazards. All ChicoBag brand reusable bags are tested by SGS and EnviroHealth Technologies to ensure they are safe. ChicoBag believes that this level of testing is necessary to ensure your safety. values. ChicoBag understands that with all the greenwashing going on, it can be difficult to make the right purchasing decision. There are other alternatives to ChicoBag brand reusable bags, but it is important to consider that the price you pay for your reusable bag is not the same as the costs. In addition to rigorous testing, ChicoBag is also a participating company in the Fair Labor Association and a Green America Approved Business. ChicoBag wants you to rest assured that all ChicoBag brand products you buy are safe for you and the environment.
ChicoBag's Commitment To The Planet
understands that there is always more we can do to help kick single-use. That is why ChicoBag has instituted a number of environmental programs, designed to make their business cleaner and planet healthier. While ChicoBag understands that we all have a long way to go solving the environmental problems we all face, it is their belief that by taking it one step at a time, we will make a difference.
ChicoBag Materials Zero-Waste Program
Reusable bags sometimes wear out, but ChicoBag doesn't want to see them in the landfill when they do. ChicoBag has an active repurposing and recycling program for all brands and types of reusable bags. ChicoBag doesn't want ANY reusable bag to be left in a dark closet or sent to a landfill.
Send ChicoBag all of your tired masses of reusable bags, functional or not. ChicoBag will distribute them to fixed and low income families ready to start a reusable bag habit or recycle them into new useful products through The Grateful Thread.
ChicoBag Headquarters Waste Diversion Program
After listening to Dave Chameides (aka Sustainable Dave) talk about his decision not to throw anything away for an entire year, Andy Keller, ChicoBag President, thought, "hey I bet we can do that". That was the beginning of ChicoBag's waste diversion program. The average American contributes over 130 pounds of waste to a landfill per month - the entire ChicoBag office contributes less than 30! ChicoBag is proud to say that they have significantly reduced their waste stream. Each employee is responsible for sorting their personal waste into the appropriate recycling, compost, or landfill bins. With this system in place each employee's impact on the landfill is less than one pound per month! ChicoBag's compost is picked up by GRUB, our local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) and used to support their program of providing our community with fresh, local produce.