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ChicoBag

Reusable Produce Bags

Eco-Chic for the Farmer's Market

Leslie Dinaberg turned us on to ChicoBags, citing their convenience and portability as a huge draw. “ChicoBags are designed with their own little pouches to fit directly into your purse, backpack or beach bag so you always have them ready to use. It’s a simple little innovation, but it has really made it easier for me to be a ‘bag lady,’” says Leslie, who is the winner of Daily Grommet’s product discovery contest with HybridMom.com, a community connecting moms.

We agree that creator Andy Keller hit the mark with the
compact portability of these reusable shopping bags. Andy’s inspiration came from seeing his local landfill overflowing with plastic refuse, most of it single-use bags, and he began working on a viable alternative. The first ChicoBag designs were fittingly sold in Chico, Calif., on Earth Day in 2005. Although the bags come in a variety of fabrics, those made with rePETe™ contain recycled PET (polyethylene terephthalate), the main ingredient in plastic drinking bottles.

The Produce Stand Starter Collection incorporates the easy portability and recycled materials for which ChicoBags are known, and takes the guesswork out of keeping your produce purchases fresh. The hemp/cotton bag is ideal for leafy greens and green beans because it restricts air flow and absorbs excess moisture. Conversely, the rePETe™ bag is great for carrots, celery, squashes and broccoli, because it restricts air flow but locks in moisture. Lastly, the mesh rePETe™ bag is perfect for apples, onions, potatoes and oranges, since the mesh allows ethylene gas to escape, preventing over-ripening. The full Produce Stand Kit includes an additional three mesh bags to make sure you can carry everything you need… because we suspect you’ll be hitting the farmer’s market a lot more often now.

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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Becca
    Becca

    I’m so happy to see your interest in reusable bags! Did you know the average American uses 500 single-use plastic bags a year!? That’s way too many - and our environment is suffering as a result! Here at ChicoBag our mission is to help humanity kick the single-use bag habit. 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. When paired with the right produce our reusable Produce Stand Collection bags will keep your fruits and veggies fresher, longer – not to mention they eliminate the need for those pesky single-use plastic produce bags! I am here and would love to answer any questions you may have for me today!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/30/2010 1:00 PM

    Becca's avatar does not do justice to her Bag Monster! Here it is:

  • Becca
    Becca – Special Guest
    6/30/2010 1:48 PM

    Why thank you Katherine!

  • Beth
    Beth
    6/30/2010 2:49 PM

    I am wondering if these bags are suitable for storing produce in the fridge or are they mainly for market to home use?

  • Becca
    Becca – Special Guest
    6/30/2010 3:26 PM

    The bags are suitable for storing produce in the fridge. The bags were specifically designed for the prolonged storage of produce, in addition to eliminating the need to use the free plastic produce bags retailers give out.

  • Sylvia
    Sylvia
    6/30/2010 3:42 PM

    What a great idea! These seem like a much better alternative than even the bags that are marketed for keeping foods fresh but which seem more geared to single-use application. Also, Becca's 'Bag Monster' costume gave me a terrific idea for recycling those bags that do manage to make it into my house. In the past, I've cut them into strips and crocheted them into tote bags, but I just realized they'd also make a fantastic base for any number of costumes (Mummy was the first that came to mind . . .)

    I continue to be thrilled and delighted by ALL the incredible ideas that I find here at Daily Grommet, as well as for the amazing boost of creativity I get every time I log in.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    6/30/2010 3:55 PM

    @Sylvia - thanks for the nice words. I agree - I think I know many kids who would love to be monsters or mummies for Halloween. If you have a picture of a tote bag that you've crocheted, we would love to see it! E-mail to Katherine (at) dailygrommet (dot) com and I will post it. What a fantastic idea (almost as fantastic as not having those bags to deal with in the first place!)

  • Becca
    Becca – Special Guest
    6/30/2010 3:58 PM

    All our bags are designed to be used while at the market and also in the fridge. When they are paired with the right produce they can help keep your fruits and veggies fresher longer! Hope that helps!

  • Jules
    Jules – Grommet Team
    6/30/2010 4:11 PM

    @Sylvia You made my day by telling us that you get an "amazing boost of creativity" from the Grommet stories. No one ever put it quite that way before and I love the idea of a daily inspiration/creativity vitamin shot.

  • Emilie
    Emilie
    9/21/2010 12:01 PM

    I love your suggestions and as someone who brings paper sacks to fill in the produce section (which end up falling apart by the time I get home due to dampness of leafy greens or freshly sprayed carrots) I'm THRILLED to see others on the same wave length and offering up alternatives! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

  • Jeanne
    Jeanne – Grommet Team
    9/21/2010 12:22 PM

    You're so welcome Emilie - and glad we could help you discover a solution to those soggy paper bags!

  • Coleen
    Coleen
    7/12/2011 7:42 PM

    I am guessing these bags must contain BPA as they are from recycled plastic. I do not want my food to come in contact with BPA. Am I correct in assumming that they contain BPA?

    Thank you.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    7/13/2011 12:37 AM

    @Coleen: This is a great question for Becca. I will have her stop by and let us know.

  • Emily
    Emily
    2/17/2012 7:51 PM

    @Katherine Klinger: Hello, just wondering if anything was learned about the potential for BPA being in this product?

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    2/19/2012 11:36 PM

    @Emily: I have a message in to Becca and will let you know!

  • Emily
    Emily
    2/21/2012 10:07 PM

    @Chew-Hoong : Right after I sent the message here, I sent a message asking about this to their website and here is an excerpt of a reply I just received from Sierra Norton at Chicobag:

    "BPA is not in any of our bags. As I understand it, BPA is used in resin based polymers such as poly carbonate. It is not used in the type of raw material that goes into our products. Nonetheless, we test for it anyway."

    So I am comfortable that these would be BPA safe. But please let me know if Becca reports otherwise. Thank you!

  • Emily
    Emily
    2/21/2012 10:09 PM

    That's me above, I was using my husband's account and forgot to change the name before sending the comment. Sorry for the confusion!

  • Chew-Hoong
    Chew-Hoong – Grommet Team
    2/22/2012 11:56 AM

    @Emily: Thanks for sharing the info you received from Sierra. Here's some additional info from Andy Keller of Chicobag: “BPA is used in resin based polymers such as poly carbonate. It is not used in polyester. Nonetheless, we test for it anyway along with lead and other contaminants such as Cadmium (more info in our Consumer Safety Report). In summary, BPA is not used in any type of raw material that goes into our products.”

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