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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!|
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.|
|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|
For $99 we think this SUNDOWN hauler would sell out everywhere there's a gym.
|Brownstone -persimmon trim=nice|