ChicoBag™ Review and Giveaway!

CHICOBAG REUSABLE BAGS

About a month ago, I won a gift certificate to The Stork Warehouse. The first thing that caught my eye was the fantastic array of ChicoBag™ Reusable Bags. After a bit of hemming and hawing "Man, these bags look fantastic! But do I really need new shopping bags? My old ones still work OK. But these ones are so cool! And they fold up real small when you aren't using them as bags! And I have a gift certificate!" I went ahead and bought myself a whole pile of them! Once I got my hands on them, I was immediately pleased with my purchase. ::Bag LOVE!:: Then I contacted ChicoBag™ and asked them to send me a DayPack to review in addition to all the great bags I already have. And here we have it, my very first official product review! 


My Chico Bag Stash: Originals, Slings, Vita, Messeger

So, what are ChicoBags™ and why are they so awesome? Here is the direct quote from their website
ChicoBag's™ mission is to reduce single-use bag waste by offering compact reusable bags and packs that are designed to be unforgettable. ChicoBag™ specializes in offering fashionable, environmentally friendly reusable shopping bags and lifestyle totes.
 Let's go over those features, shall we?
  • Reusable: The whole point of a reusable bag is to reduce waste. Use this bag instead of the single use plastic bag. And then use it again and again and again and again. 
  • Compact: Every ChicoBag™ stuffs easily down into it's very own integrated stuff sack. They  fit in pockets, purses, briefcases, glove boxes, the palm of your hand.
  • Unforgettable: It's easy to remember. Not only is it easy to stuff and stash in your bag, every ChicoBag™ has a handy little carabiner on it so you can clip it anywhere. 
  • Fashionable: ChicoBags™ come in a wide variety of colors and designs to meet every taste. 
  • Environmentally Friendly: The Original bags are made of a durable woven polyester that is machine washable. The rePETe™ bags are made of 100% recycled PET (that's your recycled plastic water bottles!) and is also machine washable.  And by using these great bags instead of those single-use bags you are doing good things for your environment.
  • Saves Money: Many stores will actually give you a credit for using your own bags. The local store that we grocery shop at gives us $0.05 back for every reusable bag that we use at the checkout! May even help your local economy: The True Cost of Single-Use Bags
Take a look at all the cool styles available at ChicoBag

I started using my new ChicoBags™ the same day that I received them in the mail. We needed to run to the [big] store to pick up a few things so I popped a Sling Bag in my purse and off we went. The checker, while they weren't surprised to see that I had brought my own bag, WAS surprised at the bag itself. "This bag is really cool! Where did you get it?" "It's a ChicoBag™! You should check them out!" 

The best part about the Sling Bag is the over the shoulder sling handle. I have a two and a half year old and a 9 month old, so being able to have my hands free when we are out and about is crucial. And the Sling Bag does this very nicely. It is also very roomy - you can fit a ton of stuff in there! We use it for shopping as well as for outings. I currently have one stuffed full of all of my current knitting projects. 

The next day we hit the grocery store. I filled up 5 Original Bags, 1 Vita Bag, 2 Slings, and my Messenger. Once again, the checker was impressed. "Great bags! I love the ones with the long handles." "Yeah, me too!"

Bags in the back of my car.

Bags on the counter. That is REAL grocery shopping, with REAL bags!


The Originals carry as much as any plastic sack you get at the grocery. More, in fact, as it will hold up to 25 pounds without splitting open and dumping your goodies all over the parking lot. The Vita is like a super bag, holding up to 40 pounds! I like to use my Vita for all of my produce. Yes, the bag can get heavy with that much stuff in it, but the longer handles on the Vita let you carry it up on your shoulder, making the load easy to manage. 

The bag that gets used the most (so far) is probably the Messenger Bag. My Messenger Bag is where all of the rest of my Chicobags™ live when they aren't in use. So it goes with us to the grocery store every time. The side pockets are great for my water bottle and my toddler's water bottle, it's roomy enough to stash the snack bag and coats and hats when we are shopping, and it's also great for toting groceries when we end up with the mother lode and need 'just one more bag.' Like the Sling Bag, it has an over the shoulder sling handle, but on the Messenger Bag, this handle is adjustable in length. The flap closure stays shut with hidden magnets and the inside zipper pouch is the perfect size for my keys, phone, and credit card. 


And now for the DayPack. It just arrived on Friday and we took it out for it's maiden voyage on Monday. Mission: Easter Egg coloring at the library with our mama's group. And a walk in the park afterwards. We need a diaper bag, a toy bag, a snack bag, and a craft bag. Let's see if we can pull all of that off with just ONE bag, shall we?

ChicoBag™ DayPack is up to the challenge. The marketing photos make this look like a petite little pack, but that is far from reality. It started out as a compact package about the size of my hand. And expanded to carry everything we needed for a morning out of the house: a wetbag with diaper, wiper, and diaper ointment; spit rag; play mat and toys; snack bag; water bottles; large carton of eggs; small carton of eggs;  jackets; and my camera. And there was still room for more! 

Our haul. This all fit in the DayPack with room to spare. 

This (not so) little pack is fantastic. It's compact and lightweight. When you unstuff it, the zippered pouch turns into a hidden inside zipper pocket that is big enough for my digital camera in it's case. Or keys, phone, and wallet. It has built in water bottle pockets on either side and another little pocket on each side that would be great for an umbrella. Or a secret stash of candy bars. Or anything tall and skinny. The closure on this pack is unique. The adjustable shoulder straps each feed through webbing loops at the top of the pack. When the straps are pulled all the way through the loops, the pack is closed at the top, but with easy access to what is inside. If you pull the straps out of the loops a bit, they work as handles so you can carry the pack just like a tote. There is also a bit of webbing between the loops that you can use to grab the bag with or perhaps hang it on a hook. 

So - if you need a reusable bag or two (or ten), look to ChicoBag™. Their bags are a quality product that are durable, tasteful, and affordable. Not only are the bags themselves made of recycled material, the bags can BE recycled when they reach the end of their lifespan! Send your tired, your worn, your weary old reusable bags to ChicoBag™ and they will give them to families in need or repurpose them into brand new items! And this is just one of several ways that ChicoBag™ shows its Commitment to the Planet


WIN A CHICOBAG™

One of my lucky readers is going to win an Original ChicoBag™ of their choice. 

TO ENTER: Visit ChicoBag™ and tell me what color Original is your favorite.

EXTRA ENTRIES: Make a separate comment for each entry.
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This giveaway is open to all US residents 18 and over. 
Giveaway ends at 12pm MST on Friday 4/9/2010


36 comments:

Cindy said...

Definitely Purple.

Cindy said...

Following!

Your Source for Reusable Bag Information said...

WOW! What a great review! and what a shopping trip!!

Avin's Momma said...

Awesome review, I'm a huge reusable bag fan! I like the Earth print and the purple!

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Avin's Momma said...

I follow you via google friend connect!

avinsmomma at gmail dot com

Avin's Momma said...

I follow you on twitter

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Avin's Momma said...

I added your button to my blog. I can't believe I didn't already have it there...I'm sorry! You should have pointed that out :)

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Avin's Momma said...

I tweeted! http://twitter.com/diapermom/status/11448095781

Alexis said...

OMG I love these...I would need an "earth" one and even added a set of said bags to my Amazon Wishlist!

Alexis said...

Put your badge on family blog, makes me realize I should really get off my butt and make me some badges!

Alexis said...

Follow you via Friend Connect!

Alexis said...

Added your RSS feed to my Google Reader, I always forget about this and spend a ton of time cruising the blogs instead of checking the reader, oh well, I like cruising the blogs so no matter!

Now I just need to get my act together and blog about this...not on twitter, but it might be time to get with the program.

Grandma said...

I have been using "green" sytle shopping bags for some time now and I must say that Chico Bags are light years ahead of what I have been using. They are light weight and can carry a heavy load safely. These bags are easily packable and are washable which for me is one of the best reasons why I will change all of my green bags over to Chico Bags. My favorite color is coral but I will get one of each color. Thanks Heidi for bringing these bags to my attention.

Barbara said...

The ladies in my family are purple crazy

mary mcmullen said...

Shitake sling bag. Love these bags. Keep 4 in my monster size purse everyday :) Can't see life without them.

Gloria said...

I have a brown Chico Original bag that I love dearly. Would love to have a green one also. Great review, Heidi!

Barbara said...

followng your blog

Barbara said...

Subscribe to The Maxwell's Madness via RSS reader

Barbara said...

Follow me [@globalMTgirl] on Twitter

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Avin's Momma said...

Tweet:
Twitter Profile: diapermom Message: Win an Original ChicoBag of your choice at The Maxwell's Madness! @globalMTgirl http://bit.ly/9gzVRJ @ChicoBag Time Sent: April 04, 2010 at 5:50 PM

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Avin's Momma said...

Twitter Profile: diapermom Message: Win an Original ChicoBag of your choice at The Maxwell's Madness! @globalMTgirl http://bit.ly/9gzVRJ @ChicoBag Time Sent: April 03, 2010 at 5:50 PM

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Cindy said...

Does posting on Facebook count? I don't tweet.

Cindy said...

Did the RSS thingy!

Avin's Momma said...

Twitter Profile: diapermom Message: Win an Original ChicoBag of your choice at The Maxwell's Madness! @globalMTgirl http://bit.ly/9gzVRJ @ChicoBag Time Sent: April 05, 2010 at 5:50 PM

Avin's Momma said...

Twitter Profile: diapermom Message: Win an Original ChicoBag of your choice at The Maxwell's Madness! @globalMTgirl http://bit.ly/9gzVRJ @ChicoBag Time Sent: April 06, 2010 at 5:50 PM

Avin's Momma said...

Twitter Profile: diapermom Message: Win an Original ChicoBag of your choice at The Maxwell's Madness! @globalMTgirl http://bit.ly/9gzVRJ @ChicoBag Time Sent: April 07, 2010 at 5:50 PM

Luvdaylilies said...

Green is my favorite color Original
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Luvdaylilies said...

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ShadyLady said...

Maroon is my favorite!!

Avin's Momma said...

Twitter Profile: diapermom Message: Win an Original ChicoBag of your choice at The Maxwell's Madness! @globalMTgirl http://bit.ly/9gzVRJ @ChicoBag Time Sent: April 08, 2010 at 5:50 PM

Heidi Maxwell said...

This entry is for Cammie - my friend who loves ChicoBags, but couldn't get to her computer today.

Lisa said...

Love the dark Blue Vita bag! :)

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