Jumping on the Bagwagon…

Via Rachel Steele
on Jul 2, 2008
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…the ChicoBagwagon, that is (I’m sorry I couldn’t help myself). It also allows me to once again blog about something Waylon has already blogged about.

Back in March, my friend gave me a ChicoBag for my birthday, and then a couple of days ago, I scored another one when I stopped by elephant’s downtown Boulder office (I’d told my parents internships have their perks!). I already knew these bags were durable, convenient and have a nifty little stuff sack, but I recently learned that the company’s genius started in a landfill. ChicoBag founder, Andy Keller, went to dispose of some waste and was overwhelmed by the amount of plastic bags he saw being unloaded. It was then and there that he decided to help Americans kick our single-use bag habit. A devoted yoga practioner, Andy likes it hot (i’m sorry I couldn’t help it…again). He credits much of his business success to the dedication and focus required in his yoga practice. He also brings the ideal of taking your practice off the mat (and in this case into his bussiness) by donating bags to low income families and the homeless.

However, what impressed me the most is the Recycle symbol on the outside of my bag stuff sack. It actually confused me the most at first (do I put nylon is mixed paper or plastics?). However, in the event that your reusable bag becomes, for lack of a better term, unusable, you can send it to the company, who will send it to an organization called Grateful Threads. Volunteers at Grateful threads sew unique and beautiful rugs from the nylon material, which are then sold to raise money for victims of domestic violence.

Pretty impressive stuff. So shat did you do today that was so great? Well, if you’re using a ChicoBag, it means you’re not contributing to the estimated 500 billion to 1 trillion single use bags that are thrown “away” each year.


About Rachel Steele

Rachel Steele originally hails from Charleston, SC, but schlepped all the way to Boulder to play in the mountains and study at the University of Colorado. She graduated with a degree in in Political Geography in 2008 and then briefly traveled in India and was certified as a yoga teacher in 2009 at Holy Cow Yoga Studio. She has since returned to her mother's ancestral home of Brooklyn, NY and is proud to call the Williamsburg area home. Despite what her mother recently said, she doesn't think she's become a hipster. She does wears many hats, including a fedora with a pin of Lindsey Lohan on it, but the one that is most important to her is that of a feminist filmmaker. She also loves live music, enjoys cooking, and is happiest when rabble rousing. She does miss Colorado, but feels very connected to her college home when writing for elephant. Her personal blog can be found at womanofsteele.tumblr.com and on imdb.


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