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These bags are great for grocery shopping. My store gives a 3 cent kickback for every Chico bag I use, and I have the satisfaction of knowing I'm not clogging up the landfill with plastic. Each Chico bag holds the equivalent of two plastic grocery store bags. There is a small bag sown into the inside side-seam of the Chico bag and when not in use the Chico bag squishes into the tiny bag, taking up very little storage space. I keep 8 of them in the car so they are available every time I run into a store. They wash & dry perfectly. This is an easy way to be environmentally responsible!
One of the things about reusable bags is that they are seldom around when you need one. Many times I go to the store impromptu. Unfortunately, I often cannot "plan" to go home and bring a reusable bag. Enter the Chico bag. It is sturdy enough to handle heavy loads yet it can be stuffed in its stuff bag to a compact size small enough to hang from a belt loop or attach to my messenger bag. I "don't leave home without it." When I need it it's there! Great! And great for the planet.
The beauty of the Chico bag is in its design features. It is made with a very strong material, is roomy, and can easily be stored, when not in use, in its attached mini-cinch sack. It is durable and light weight and can easily be compressed for storage. I highly recommend this product to anyone who is attempting to save the planet one plastic bag at a time.
I'm from SF and stores (and other citizens) look askance at you when you don't come with your own bag. I have them from all the usual places, but these were cheaper and sometimes you just need back-ups.
These bags are great! We originally got a few of them at our local grocery store. They are very strong and able to hold a lot of weight and lots of items. They hold a LOT more than you would expect. I use one to carry piles of library books and the corners of the hardback books haven't punctured the bag, nor caused any problem. The bags are very small when rolled back into their integrated stuff sack. It's true that you can stick it in your purse, pocket, etc. Or hook it on the outside with the attached clip. These bags are a great and easy way to help the environment by cutting back on your use of non-degradable plastic shopping bags. And, as an added bonus, the ChicoBag company who makes the bags will take them back to recycle if/when you wear it out! Not sure what else we can ask for! :)
PS - not sure why the picture is kind of unattractive for this product page. The lines on the bag in the picture are just from unfolding a new bag. Too bad they only show a white color version. These Chico bags actually are available in a lot of different colors elsewhere.
I love this bag! I own many reusable bags, but this one gets used far more often because of it's convenience. I've always got one with me...in my handbag, in my car. I am saving a lot more paper and plastic bags since I received my Chico Bags. I've also found this to be a great "environmentally concious" gift.
They make the case for not using plastic bags because of oil consumption but then they make the bag from polyester which is an oil based product. It makes better sense to use a recycled material instead of creating more waste with oily synthetics and when serving the US market, the cargo ship uses even more oil getting here from China.
Sure, it's better than using disposable plastic but Chico can step up their green game.