3rd annual Trick-or-Treat Chico Bag Deisgn Contest!

Halloween is right around the corner and ChicoBag™ is excited to announce their 3rd annual Trick-or-Treat Bag Deisgn Contest! ChicoBag™ has partnered with Green Halloween® to promote safe, healthy and eco-friendly Halloween festivities with our national Trick-or-Treat bag design contest for children.

Entries can be sent via email (jpeg or pdf format) to halloween@chicobag.com or mailed (print format) to: ChicoBag Company, c/o Halloween Contest, 349 Huss Drive, Chico, CA 95928. Entrants must submit a signed agreement form which includes the artist and the parents name, age and contact information.  Entries must be received by November 5th, 2010.

About the 2010 Halloween Bag:
The winning design from last year’s contest is printed on the 2010 Halloween bag by ChicoBag™. Each bag is made from lightweight, machine washable material and holds up to 25 pounds of goodies. The bags can be used year after year, and once the goodies are all gobbled up, the bags can be stuffed back into their pouches for storage. The 2010 Halloween bag is available in two adorable designs and can be purchased at http://www.chicobag.com or at select retailers nationwide.
This year’s design was inspired by Gracie Gralike and is available with two different pouch options; a bat pouch or a pumpkin pouch. In addition to last year’s winning design, there is also a Jack-o-Lantern design printed on an orange bag. All three designs are featured on our Original ChicoBag brand reusable bag, providing trick-or-treaters plenty of room for their goodies!
The ChicoBag™ design contest is co-sponsored by Green Halloween, a grassroots movement that is helping families and communities nationwide start new, healthier holiday traditions. Submissions are being taken until October 31, 2010.
What’s even sweeter? 10% of the sale of each bag will be contributed to Treeswing, the organization making Green Halloween (and other great initiatives) possible!

Hurry!  Get all the kiddies ages 1-13 to complete their Halloween works of art and send it in quickly, so they can have a chance to win.

ChicoBag Review / Giveaway!!!!

When I retrieved the mail on Friday, I was surprised to find a package waiting for me…it was from ChicoBag.  I was thrilled, and extremely excited to put their product to the test!

At First glance, the ChicoBag is a pretty cool reusable bag; however, in seconds I discovered how utterly fantastic it really is!!  No…Really!  I speak the truth.

I am proud of their Mission:

To help humanity kick the single-use bag habit. 

Our mission at ChicoBag™ is really quite simple – we want to provide best-of-class products and services that result in the significant reduction of single-use bag use.  We believe we can best achieve our goal by delivering a wide array of reusable bags that deliver solutions to every lifestyle.  Our commitment to the environment is what motivates us to come to work every day and drives us 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 we know we must consider every stage of our product life cycle.  ChicoBag believes in implementing programs designed to reduce waste through-out our entire supply chain.  From manufacturing to office administration, our waste reduction goals lessen our impact on the planet.  We also provide our customers with the resources necessary to become involved in the reusable bag movement. Our goal is to not only provide best in class products but to also be a hub of information regarding reusable bags. 

Let me give you some things to consider:

  • ChicoBags are eco-friendly.  They’re manufactured using recycled materials.
  • the fabric used is 100% recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate – the material used in plastic drinking bottles)
  • each rePETe™ product has a unique number printed on the bag stating the exact percentage of recycled content in the bag
  • there are several designs
  • there are a variety of colours and graphics
  • there is an integrated pouch that becomes a pocket when the bag is fully opened
  • it’s easy to care for: machine washable and hang dry
  • very economical: price range $0-$25
  • one year warranty
  • accessories available to provide more support when you need it
  • very fashionable and fits any lifestyle
  • product becomes very compact and easy to carry (in your purse, in your pocket, or clipped onto just about anything)
  • ChicoBag offers a custom program: great for promoting your business or for fundraising!

I could go on and on. A visit to ChicoBag will show you how innovative these reusable bags are, and how ChicoBag’s committment to the environment is exceptionally high.

While all of these facts are positive, I want to focus now on practicality.  I can easily confirm that ChicoBag is definitely a high quality, comfortable, portable, and conveniently useful product.  I am thoroughly impressed with ChicoBag.  I can envision every person having the need to carry a ChicoBag of their own!

ChicoBag was very gracious, and sent me the Daypack20 bag, and the Bottle Sling to test.  Don’t be jealous!  I’ll have some great news for you soon.

I often travel, around my city, on my E-Bike.  It’s great to commute on and it’s great for quick trips to the grocery store too.  The drawback?  There isn’t a whole lot of room to carry things back home.  That’s where my Daypack20 came in super handy!  You know how it is: “I only came to pick up a bag of milk…” …yeah, right.

Fully opened, the bag has a capacity of 1,211 CU IN (20L)…not too shabby!  Quickly, I was able to pack all my “extra purchases” in the now full sized back pack!  So Fantastic!  The bag is super soft, and super strong, and oh so comfortable too.  My fun didn’t stop there.  Oh, no.  I’ve put the Bottle Sling to the test as well.  The end result?  I’ll be getting rid of my collection of petty, and painful, “bottle carriers” because I’ve just experienced a sweet sling!  All of the ChicoBag qualities apply here, and more.  I’m impressed with the fact that, finally, I can carry my bottle of water and not have the strap dig into my neck or shoulder!  More awesome yet is that I barely noticed I was wearing the Bottle Sling at all!  Nice.  Very nice.  On walks, I can carry my water, keys and even my Ipod.  My report to you:  ChicoBag really does have the user in mind when they create their products.  The only bad thing I found was…NOT being able to find one single negative thing to say.  What grade do I give ChicoBag?  A++!!!

If you have any questions about ChicoBag, check out their FAQ page.

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Now for the great news!!!  ChicoBag has graciously provided me with a giveaway for you to win!!  Your very own Bottle Sling!  Wow!!

MANDATORY ENTRY: (must do this before any Extra Entries can be accepted)

Visit the ChicoBag site, and comment on which of their products (other than the ones I’ve reviewed) you’d love to have and why?

EXTRA ENTRIES:

  • +1 Follow me on Twitter and leave your Twitter ID in your comment
  • +1 Post a comment on one of my other posts, then come back here and tell me where you posted a comment (so I can verify)
  • +1 Tweet about this giveaway and leave a link (you can tweet once each day, leave a link each time you do so)
  • +2 Subscribe via email and leave me a comment that you’ve done so
  • +5 Post on your Blog about this giveaway and leave me a link

Leave a separate comment for each entry.  Giveaway open to Canadians only.  Giveaway ends on September 30, 2010 at 6pm, Eastern Standard Time.  Good Luck to all!

Disclaimer:  product received was given to me free of charge in exchange for my 100% honest opinion.   No monetary compensation was received; nor was I asked to write a positive review.

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.

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WINNER is Colleen B.!!!!   Congratulations!!  I’ll be contacting you via email shortly.

ChicoBag Introduction!

Tired of wracking your brain out as to what the giveaway will be?  Wait no more….

ChicoBag

ChicoBag™ Company is equipping humanity with tools that will help eliminate the environmental damage caused by single-use paper and plastic bags. They have done this by designing reusable bags that are durable, tasteful and most importantly unforgettable.

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 we use to help our customers identify which ChicoBag™ brand products are made using recycled content. Every product with the rePETe™ logo is manufactured using recycled materials. Our rePETe™ products bring us 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. Our commitment to the environment drives us to provide a trusted brand and a portfolio of quality products aimed at helping humanity solve the environmental challenges ahead.

ChicoBag is generously providing me with a product sample for me to try, and then to post my review…it’ll be arriving soon.  They’ve also included a ChicoBag product to be offered as a giveaway!  Once I’ve tried it and posted my review, I’ll inform all of you when the Giveaway officially begins!

ChicoBag is quite unique in what they offer.  You can order custom reusable bags through their program (Request Information About the ChicoBag™ Custom Program) and even order their bags to be used at fundraisers (Request More Fundraising Information)!!

What a beautiful way to be kind to our earth!

For more information visit their website http://www.chicobag.com

You can find them on Facebook. Twitter or on your iPhone/iPod Touch using the application match2blue, the truly mobile social network!

            

and if you have any questions:

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