Been using it for about a year and it's still in good shape, I carry it everywhere, it's super light, doesn't take space, yet holds a good amount of groceries. I hate dealing with excess paper and plastic bags. Eco bags makes good gifts as they come in many colors.
I first got a Chico Bag for free from a local co-op but I gave it to my daughter. But the bags were so great I had to get one for myself too! They are well designed with the stuff sack. I usually keep mine open but I can see how it would be great if you're biking to the grocery store to just stick the bag into your pocket. The straps are a good length to go right over your shoulder too (even on a bicycle).
Pros: Very handy, compacts nicely, has a little carabiner on it
I have two Chico bags now. And I have to say, I'm a huge fan. In terms of aesthetics, not all are created equal of course (depending on where you get yours, it might be branded with something...for example, the Whole Foods Chicobags are kind of boring and standard, but one of the ones I got has a nice picture of the Earth).
But in terms of overall design, they're really very handy and well made. I love the fact that there's a little stuff sack you can shove the bag into and the carabiner is great if you want to clip the compact bag to something. The material of the bag itself seems quite sturdy (although I haven't put mine through super rigorous tests). And the handles are a good length to hold in your hand or throw over your shoulder.
They make great grocery bags or even shopping bags (assuming the thing you're buying isn't absolutely enormous or boxy). I highly recommend them.
Pros: Very easily carried at all times, extremely reliable, and always an eye-catcher!
Cons: Not even close.......
This bag is really awesome. It feels just like a parachute, folds really small, and carries a bunch of stuff. That is exactly what I need when I go to a mini-market, deli for lunch, store for a few items, or when I just "might" need a handy bag.
I have seen them in many colors with a whole bunch of different logos and messages on them. My most used one is a Brown bag, from San Francisco GreenFest that says, "Compost Happens". Everybody always has a comment when they see me sneak it out of my pocket or catch a glimpse of it in action!!
My ChicoBag helps me feel great about myself EVERY time I walk into a store or a commerce situation, and that is really uplifting. Also works as a great gift to raise awareness and self-confidence with your friend's and family!
Pros: fits perfectly in purse (even small ones), holds alot, easy to use
This is the best reusable bag I have -- mostly because it's so small when put inside the attached pouch that it's easy to carry with me. Meaning, I use it! As opposed to the 4 other reusable bags I have at home that are adorable but stay adorable hanging on the kitchen door knob because I constantly forget them right there when I got to the store. The chico bag, on the other hand, is always in my purse or my car glove compartment -- meaning even when I go to the drugstore, or bookstore, or wherever, I can pull it out when I'm asked "do you need a bag." It's a great feeling, and it also holds alot of stuff, and can be thrown in the washer (so I can carry food one day, and books the next).
All ChicoBags are made of woven polyester, very similar to parachute silk. The pouch is sewn into the seam on the interior of the bag, so you can stuff it and put it away easily(or somewhere it can latch on with a carabiner). Machine wash/Line dry and they hold up to 25lbs.
Bags can have custom artwork or logo silk-screened on for promoting or personalizing
Single-use bags are easy to spoof since they're such a bad idea, so ChicoBag invented Bag Monsters™. They feature 500 bags; the average number of plastic bags an American uses yearly. Bag Monsters deny their bags harm the planet and they're mobilizing to “mock” reusable bags. These clueless critters are behind the times and their single-use bags are going out of style like leisure suits. Still feeding bags to the freeloading Bag Monster under your sink? Maybe it’s time for a ChicoBag.
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