Tuesday, September 6, 2011


Outdoor Retailer, SLC

words/images Judith Ecochard

Recycle, re-use, re-purpose are marching orders for people in this biz---and one of the original exhibitors-ChicoBag® "...Designed to be Unforgettable..." has been making colorful, handy and value priced carry-alls from recycled materials (rePETe™-from recycled polyethylene terephthalate AND recycled cord/carabiners)...with the percentage contents of recycled materials right on the tag.

New colors for Spring and a perfect travel companion-a lightweight 9.9oz tough and spacious duffle ($39.99)---that folds into its own tiny portable pouch (for sale now).

Also new-the Micro---super tough and super light---in five colors.

This tough tote squishes down into...

this---attachable by carabiner too!

Each season-new designs and colors are added...including these whimsical Vita™ Collections' Designed by Humans and Timeless.

ADDED PLUS: In addition to reusable shopping and lifestyle bags, ChicoBag™ has many partnerships with organizations that share the company's social and environmental MO....including the company's repurposing program...a partnership with The Grateful Thread--an initiative of the Schuylkill Women in Crisis which serves victims of domestic violence and their families...that sells beautiful hand-woven rugs (2' x 3"-$49.95) made from repurposed ChicoBag™(s).



LUNA $50-Magnetic closure-blue SKY -unique sling design

Colorado based Lilypond makes one of our favorite EVER on the planet haulers---the fab Sundown multi-tasker (pictured at the end of the review- and gushed about last Fall.

This outing has the company redesigning every product category just about----with their stylish bags now being made from their new recycled fabric CYCLEPOND™ -made from recycled PET.

LUNA with 3 interior slash pockets 2 exterior pockets -adjustable shoulder strap

Intersection $110-with padded laptop sleeve and magnetic buckle closure

Padded shoulder straps-comfortablr

Secure zip-top closure with magnetic smart buckle and large zipped flap under front flap

Lining is 100%recycled CYCLEPOND™ too

A backpack, shoulder bags, travel and accessories- and totes get handy design features too...BAJA $45 and CROSSTOWN $60 (pictured right below)

 exterior zipped pockets as well as a main compartment pockets 

Purse size- LUPINE $60 -unique molded back with contrast stitching, zippered interior pocket-magnetic front flap closure in Persimmon-pretty.
Travel wallets---CYPRESS -easy clean too $45.

Sunrise Travel Wallet $40

Lilypond's signature molded back

We loved this reversible tote SILVER SKY made with CYCLEPOND™ - there's a canvas and recycled fabric version ($110) and one with 100% recycled fabric ($99)

Canvas/fabric Silver Sky

Dual rolled hand/shoulder straps interior zipped pocket, exterior zipped pockets---and now color waves.

For $99 we think this SUNDOWN hauler would sell out everywhere there's a gym.
Sky blue-

Brownstone -persimmon trim=nice