Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Review & Giveaway: ChicoBag

Thrifty Jinxy


ChicoBags - a New Beginning
One of my goals this year is to attempt to be more responsible and eco-friendly with what I bring into my home and use in my daily life.  Having Fibromyalgia it's been really hard to deal with the myriad of plastic bags and boxes that I get.  I do reuse the plastic bags in the bathroom and at my sewing table - but it's still hard to use them all up efficiently.  I've decided that I'm going to try to make up some of those *Plarn Bags* using strips cut up from the millions of plastic bags under my kitchen sink.  (Click on a link for a tutorial)

Lately though due to the numbness and pain in my arms and shoulders it's been getting harder to carry heavy things in my hands and I received one of the "Sling" reusable bag(s) from Chico to try out to see if it would help me since all the weight won't be on one shoulder. 

The Sling bag is very large and when I wear it the bag rests on my left hip or I can swing it around to either the front or the back depending on my comfort, how tight my shoulders and back are and still use it comfortably.  The "handle" is fairly wide and sits flat on my shoulder comfortably without bunching up or folding in half. 

The Bag is 13.5" x 14.5" Pouch 4" x5.5" (approximately).  It's very large, easily fit a kleenex box, my easy lunchbox and my TENS unit without being too heavy or uncomfortable. 

I was very impressed with the high quality of this bag and Chico has very high standards in the making of the bags. Their bags are made of up to 100% recycled content.  The Sling is made with 99% recycled content (that's HUGE).  The fabric used in the bag production is 100% recycled PET. Many other components used in production (the aluminum carabiner, polyurethane cording, etc.) are made from recycled sources as well.  A printed list of recycled materials used in manufacturing appear on the inside of the bag and backside of the pouch.

For those of you who have Fibromyalgia, Osteoporosis, Chronic Pain, Back issues or maybe have small kids that you are carrying you may want to consider another bag that Chico carries.  The Messenger bag has a strap that is adjustable (the Sling bag I described above is not) and offers a little more support.  It also has loops that attach to the new waist strap accessory (sold separately) for added support and stabilization.  Both bags can be washed in cold water and then hung to dry.

BUY IT!
You can purchase your own ChicoBag online HERE.  They have several different styles and even a great SET of 3 Produce Bags designed to optimize freshness when paired with the right produce. All three bags are machine washable and stuff into an adorable apple pouch with an attached carabiner, making it easy to carry and store your bags when not in use.  Prices for the set of 3 start at $11.99 and $15.99.

PhotobucketWIN IT!
Chico is offering one of my readers a bag of their very own.  It's a Sling Bag and I'm sure you'll love it as much as I love mine!  Isn't that nice of them (applause!)?  The WINNER will receive the bag to the right:

Mandatory entry:
Go to ChicoBag's website and tell me something you learned about ChicoBag.  This is Mandatory and must be done before any optional entries please.

Optional Entries:
(Pls note, these entries are optional. You do not have to do them to be entered. You do need to do the mandatory entry. Please include your email address on each comment. You can enter your email this way: contact(dot)thebooklady(at)gmail(dot)com) NOTE: (+3 = 3 entries)

"Like" ChicoBag on Facebook, be sure to leave a comment on their page and leave me the hyperlink. Thanks so much!
Follow ME on GFC (left sidebar)
Follow ME on Twitter
Follow ME on Facebook

Add this giveaway to any book hops or giveaway linkies using this link (be sure to leave the web address w/ your comment) (+3)

Tweet: " RT @familyliteracy WIN a Sling Bag from ChicoBag @ http://ning.it/eKyYjU Ends 2/05, US, #organizing, #home, #shopping " (can RT daily 3x (5 hours apart pls), please add hyperlink to comment)

Details:
The US Winner will be drawn on 1/28 at 10 pm. They will have 48 hours to respond to my email w/ their address so their book can be shipped to them. Street address - no PO Boxes please.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a ChicoBag  for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

99 comments:

  1. the Sling rePETe is manufactured of 99% recycled content duckybutt83@yahoo.com

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  2. I am following you on Facebook Jeni Johannsmeier

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  3. following you on twitter @blogamajig

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  4. ChicoBag™ specializes in offering fashionable, environmentally friendly reusable shopping bags

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  5. I learned that we don't have to be worried with the ChicoBag as we do with other reusable bags about having the lead like we've been hearing so much talk about. They test all their items three times before they ever make it anywhere near a customer. Wow, now that is reassuring :)

    ~Steph
    soklad at hotmail dot com

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  6. I follow ChicoBag on FB (Christmann Stephanie)

    soklad at hotmail dot com

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  7. I follow you via GFC

    soklad at hotmail dot com

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  8. I'm your FB follower (christmann stephanie)

    soklad at hotmail dot com

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  9. Tweeted this giveaway.
    http://twitter.com/#!/4theLUVofSANITY/status/30665650967945218

    soklad at hotmail dot com

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  10. I entered this in a giveaway linky.
    http://eightymphmom.com/2011/01/link-em-up-thursday-giveaway-linky-for-january-27th/.html

    soklad at hotmail dot com

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  11. 2x I entered this in a giveaway linky.
    http://eightymphmom.com/2011/01/link-em-up-thursday-giveaway-linky-for-january-27th/.html

    soklad at hotmail dot com

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  12. 3x I entered this in a giveaway linky.
    http://eightymphmom.com/2011/01/link-em-up-thursday-giveaway-linky-for-january-27th/.html

    soklad at hotmail dot com

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  13. I had no idea there were so many options for resusable bags- I'm really interested in all of the produce bags- looks like a great product! ask081906@gmail.com

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  14. I love the sling bag ~ I learned that the Sling rePETe™ is manufactured of 99% recycled content
    kkfoster35 at msn dot com

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  15. I like CHico Bags on FB (Karen F)
    kkfoster35 at msn dot com

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  16. I am a GFC Follower
    kkfoster35 at msn dot com

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  17. I learned that Andy Keller is the president of chicobag, and 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.
    adaliadelcompar at gmail dot com

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  18. Like Chicobag on fb and I commented on their wall
    http://www.facebook.com/admd080/posts/484830280833
    adalia M
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  19. Follow you on Twitter
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  20. Like you on facebook
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  21. tweeted
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  22. linky
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  25. retweet.
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    soklad at hotmail dot com

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  26. I found out that the chicobags can carry a lot of weight and are able to be folded into a small integrated pouch. I liked the 40# capacity Chicobag Vita with shoulder length straps.
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  27. Liked ChicoBags on facebook and posted on their wall.
    http://www.facebook.com/ChicoBag#!/permalink.php?story_fbid=484873100833&id=1574471762
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  28. GFC follower
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  29. Follow you on Twitter:minibea
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  30. Tweet:1/27
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  31. Fan of yours on facebook.
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  32. ChicoBag was started by Andy Keller after he went to the landfill and saw all the plastic, one-use bags.

    angelstar(at)commspeed(dot)net

    Thank you for the entry!

    Julie

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  33. i learned that a list of the recycled materials used is printed inside the bag! thanks!


    inthehammockblog at gmail dot com

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  34. following you on twitter (in_the_hammock)

    inthehammockblog at gmail dot com

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  35. Tweet.
    http://twitter.com/#!/4theLUVofSANITY/status/31157530264608768

    soklad at hotmail dot com

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  36. I learned that the repete bags are made of 99% recycled content...Yeah!!

    My email is
    shade91(at)mchsi(dot)com

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  37. Liked Chicobags on FB and posted comment on their page.
    http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/ChicoBag

    My email is
    shade91(at)mchsi(dot)com

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  38. Following you on GFC.

    My email is
    shade91(at)mchsi(dot)com

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  39. tweet:1/28
    http://twitter.com/#!/minibea/status/31198431489826816
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    soklad at hotmail dot com

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  41. I was going to say something about how they keep plastic bags out of landfills and the ocean, but then I saw their "repurposing" of reusable bags. They send them to be made into rugs, benefitting a domestic violence project. Wow, that is surely a win-win-win situation.
    auntietina21 AT hotmail.com

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  42. Follower on Google Friend Connect
    auntietina21 AT hotmail.com

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  43. I learned that chicobag offers a lot of resources to organizations like schools to help with fundraisers using chicobags.
    jhbalvin at gmail dot com

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  45. Andy’s ChicoBag™ brand reusable bags were first sold in 2005 on Earth Day at the Farmers Market in Chico, CA

    mnikpat@gmail.com

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  46. Following Chico on FB - Nichole Patrick

    mnikpat@gmail.com

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  47. http://www.facebook.com/nichole.patrick/posts/485800785833

    Posted on ChicoBag's Wall

    mnikpat@gmail.com

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  48. Following via Google Connect - mnikpat

    mnikpat@gmail.com

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  49. Following you on Twitter @mnikpat

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  50. Following on Facebook - Nichole Patrick

    mnikpat@gmail.com

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  51. I learned that the repete bags are made of 99% recycled content

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  52. I learned that they have a school fundraising program - so much better than candybar sales!

    sarahwolcheski at yahoo dot com

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  53. I like that the bag is made from recycled material.
    Thanks, Karen
    lemontart5kb at gmail dot com

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  54. I follow you on GFC.
    Thanks, Karen
    lemontart5kb at gmail dot com

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  55. CHICOBAG SLING rePETe repete means reused product 99% is awesome..awesome up-cycle

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  56. http://www.facebook.com/ChicoBag?v=wall
    LIKED

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  57. I never realized they had so many options love them all especially the mesh produce bag. Aacdporter@gmail.com

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  58. Tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/minibea/status/32322658775343104
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  59. Tweet
    http://twitter.com/#!/minibea/status/32642079859408897
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  60. I love that they are a part of wellness programns and fundraising for schools!

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  61. oh! and my email is mylittledivadesigns (at) gmail (dot) com

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  62. I love that this company started by one man on a mission. He did a really great thing, and I hope that more people will use reusable bags before its too late!

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  63. I learned that the inspiration of Chico Bag came from a landfill! It's amazing that you can find inspiration from trash! Love the idea of the duffel they have on the website.

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  64. I follow you on Facebook as Meredith Dupass

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  65. I follow via GFC publicly as Mimi D.! :) Thanks for the giveaway!

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  66. Tweet:2/2
    http://twitter.com/#!/minibea/status/33012397903978496
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  67. Tweet:2/4
    http://twitter.com/#!/minibea/status/33444361580584960
    nicolesender(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  68. ChicoBags are safe for the environment.

    ashlynloves 2 blog at gmaill dot com
    http://ashlynloves2blog.blogspot.com

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  69. I learned that Andy’s ChicoBag™ brand reusable bags were first sold in 2005 on Earth Day at the Farmers Market in Chico, CA. Since then, they have come a long way with the design.
    kmogilevski at gmail dot com

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  71. Like ChicoBag on Facebook (katie schneider) and posted (http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=488372890833&id=100001060104795)
    kmogilevski at gmail dot com

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  72. Follow you through GFC (katie, kmogilevski)
    kmogilevski at gmail dot com

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  73. Like you on Facebook (katie schneider)
    kmogilevski at gmail dot com

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  74. Follow you on Twitter (kmogilevski)
    kmogilevski at gmail dot com

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  75. Tweeted (http://twitter.com/#!/kmogilevski/status/33536271100030976)
    kmogilevski at gmail dot com

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  76. Added to giveaway linky #14 (http://blesstheirheartsmom.blogspot.com/2011/02/bless-their-little-giveaway-linkys-feb.html) - 1
    kmogilevski at gmail dot com

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  77. Added to giveaway linky #14 (http://blesstheirheartsmom.blogspot.com/2011/02/bless-their-little-giveaway-linkys-feb.html) - 2
    kmogilevski at gmail dot com

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  78. Added to giveaway linky #14 (http://blesstheirheartsmom.blogspot.com/2011/02/bless-their-little-giveaway-linkys-feb.html) - 3
    kmogilevski at gmail dot com

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  79. I learned that the bags are tested 3 times before they reach the customer, so we don't have to worry about lead! GO CHICO!! :D

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  80. Mandatory Entry: i learned that CHICOBAG™ | REUSABLE BAGS
    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

    Anashct [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  81. I follow google connect "anash"
    email anashct [at] gmail [dot] com

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  82. I follow you on twitter @ anashct
    email: anashct [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  83. I tweeted at http://twitter.com/#!/anashct/status/33878721324781568
    email: anashct [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  84. I learned they sold these first on Earth Day!

    nolagirl727 at yahoo dot com

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  85. http://twitter.com/#!/nola727/status/34020243797970944

    tweeted

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  86. Follow ME on Facebook

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    Norleans Louisiana

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  87. Follow ME on Twitter
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    @nola727

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  88. Follow ME on GFC (left sidebar)

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  89. "Like" ChicoBag on Facebook, be sure to leave a comment on their page and leave me the hyperlink. Thanks so much!

    nolagirl727 at yahoo dot com

    http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=488972670833&id=100001028877608

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  90. I learned chico bag can be used for fundraisers! that is such a great idea and so much more practical that wrapping paper!

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  91. I learned they have a repurposing/recycling program for reusable bags
    sara.iteachk@gmail.com

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  92. I am following your blog on GFC
    sara.iteachk@gmail.com

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  94. I follow via GFC. ask081906@gmail.com

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