Reusable bags sometimes wear out, but we don't want to see them in the landfill
when they do. We have an active repurposing and recycling program for all brands
and types of reusable bags. ChicoBag® doesn't want ANY
reusable bag to be left in a dark closet or sent to a landfill.
Send us all of your tired masses of reusable bags, functional or not. We will distribute them to fixed and low income families ready to start a reusable bag habit or recycle them into new useful products through partnerships with artists, crafters and non-profit organizations. It's simple, put your old reusable bag in a package and mail it to: ChicoBag Company c/o Zero Waste Program 13434 Browns Valley Drive Chico, CA 95973 We are always looking for partners. Please let us know who you think would benefit from our repurposing program at email@example.com.
After listening to Dave Chameides (aka Sustainable Dave) talk about his decision not to throw anything away for an entire year, Andy Keller, ChicoBag President, thought, "hey I bet we can do that". That was the beginning of our waste diversion program.
The average American contributes over 130 pounds of waste to a landfill per month - the entire ChicoBag office contributes less than 30! We at ChicoBag are proud to say that we have significantly reduced our waste stream. Each employee is responsible for sorting their personal waste into the appropriate recycling, compost, or landfill bins. With this system in place each employee's impact on the landfill is less than one pound per month. Our compost is enjoyed by our office pets - a small flock of silkie chickens who have quite an appetite.
ChicoBag has made it a top priority to become a member of Green America (formerly Co-op America). Green America is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting green business. We believe Green America holds us and many other businesses to the highest of social and environmental standards.
"To become a member of Green America's Green Business Network®, businesses
must submit an application to be reviewed by Green America's Screening Team, which
is appointed by and reports to Green America's board of directors, investigates
applying company to determine the following:
1) It's familiarity with and commitment to social and environmental responsibility
2) Significant action in terms of this commitment.
Green America's research team also seeks independent data to verify company information."
ChicoBag has been qualified by Green America based on our involvement with the community,
customer services, healthy workplace and commitment to the environment. Our commitment
to each of these areas is evident through our unique partnerships and educational
resources, product repurposing programs, waste-diversion policies and our promise
to help humanity kick the single-use bag habit.
Not only do we want to rid the world of single-use bag waste, we strive to minimize
our environmental impact in every way possible. From our participation with the Fair
Labor Association (FLA) to our policy that scrap materials are repurposed and never
thrown away; ChicoBag has vowed to do the right thing.
Our rePETe® line of ChicoBag® brand reusable bags
are the next step in our evolving effort to provide society with a trusted brand
and a portfolio of quality products aimed at helping humanity reduce single-use
waste. What is rePETe®?