Saturday, August 23, 2008
ECOGEAR®/ECOTECH® TOXIC FREE/RECYCLED BACKPACKS AND ORGANIC BAGS
HIP AND UTILITARIAN ECO CARRIERS
Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, Salt Lake City, August 11
Words, Images- Judith Ecochard
We caught the sales team from Ecogear®/Ecotech® -makers of an extensive line of toxic free and organic cotton haulers …as they were about to pack up. Luckily, we got to see most of the trendy and some decidely adorable products, that founder Jimmy Chen says came about from a desire to leave his kids with a green, clean planet.
We think the super cute 100% organic cotton drawstring closure bags in animal shapes-the “ECOZOO” line…are winners. Available as a pig, elephant, puppy, and panda, the light-weight carriers are shaded with toxic-free dyes.
The mini me-ish versions of the adult sized Lifestyle collection of organic cotton backpacks and messenger bags come in kids sized pale green, pink, and blue. The pint-sized options are named for eco-challenged animals like Panda and Gorilla too.
Durable and trendy, Ecogear’s line of backpacks and laptop bags are made from ECOWAVE (EPO), a patented coating process that doesn’t require use of chlorine or PVCs. Other materials used include recycled PET plastics.
All haulers sport the inner and outer pocket and mesh holder- bells and whistles we need for out electronic gadgets and gizmos…and have adjustable shoulder/back straps and recycled padding for a comfortable fit.
Affordable with kid’s bags and Lifestyle’s collections retail from around $19.99 -$30, with adult techy backpacks ranging from $45-$70.