Episode 19 – For ChicoBag, Waste Reduction Is In The Bag

June 18, 2011

How many times have you gone into the grocery store and realized that you left your reusable bag in the trunk of your car?  Or maybe you take a walk and spontaneously decide to pop into the local market to pick up a couple of items.   

In Episode 19 of The Wendel Forum(originally aired on Green 960 AM radio on June 11, 2011), host Bill Acevedo interviews ChicoBag founder and president Andy Keller.  ChicoBag attempts to address the lifestyle issue of making reusable bags accessible when you need them.  The ChicoBag compacts down into a size so small that one (or more) can easily be carried in a pocket or purse. It can even be strapped to a belt loop.

Andy tells us the story of how he got the original inspiration for his company and the path he took to get started (including buying his first sewing machine).  Along the way, the company has made a number of product advancements as the technology for recycling has improved, including launching the new rePETe™ line of products made of 100% post consumer waste recycled plastic water bottles. 

As a mission-driven company, ChicoBag does more than sell bags.  They look for ways to help people reduce waste.  The Bag Monster is the fictional character they use to help people wake up to the huge amount of plastic bag (and other) waste we produce.  To promote education in this area, the company has launched a blog at http://www.bagmonster.com/.  People can go here to share ideas about how to reduce plastic bag use, track legislation related to the use of plastic bags throughout the country, and find numerous useful links to other organizations and information. 

Andy also posted information and photos from his recent trip to the South Pacific Gyre (where he witnessed first hand the effects of waste on our planet’s oceans in this floating Garbage Patch).

Check out the full interview by clicking on the Episode link in this post.  
Post Links:

Discussion with ChicoBag’s Founder Andy Keller: Listen to Episode 19 of The Wendel Forum (approx. 27 minutes)

ChicoBag’s website: www.chicobag.com

The Bag Monster blog: www.bagmonster.com

Green 960 AM Radio website: www.green960.com

About show host William Acevedo: www.wendel.com/wacevedo


2 Responses to “Episode 19 – For ChicoBag, Waste Reduction Is In The Bag”

  1. Bobby Says:

    Going to put this aritlce to good use now.

  2. Jane Says:

    Here’s an update on the lawsuit involving ChicoBag. A settlement was reached Sept. 13, 2011. Use this link to view ChicoBag’s press release regarding the settlement http://www.chicobag.com/settlement-press-release

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