Some of you may know I have a little obsession with reusable bags. I’m not an extreme tree hugger but I do believe everyone can do their part and toting reusable bags instead of plastic shopping bags is a really easy way to get a little greener. Plus when you find a company like ChicoBag that makes the absolute coolest reusable bags ever, well, throw the chance to be stylin’ *and* green into the mix and you’ve got a winner. I previously reviewed ChicoBags Vita rePETe bag which I love and use all the time. This fall they came out with some brand new styles that are awesome and I’ve had the opportunity to review their new Hobo rePETe bag. One word: LOVE.
The Hobo rePETe is really versatile. This is probably the most unique thing about this bag to me. Most of my reusable bags I’d throw groceries in, maybe pack some of the kids’ goodies for a road trip or a play date. The Hobo has a longer strap that you can wear across your body so it can actually be used like a purse or if you wanted to you could stick notebooks in there and take it to class with you. I can think of tons of uses outside of using it for a shopping bag.
It’s a stylish bag! This bag isn’t just functional, it’s fashionable! The bag has two little cordlocks on either side that allow you to scrunch up the sides giving the bag a more ‘purse’ feel. I love all three colors that the Hobo comes in: Online Green, Purple Potion, and Turkish Blue. They’re a little darker which works for me because a light colored bag would just look dirty in a flash in my life. But the colors are a unique shade, very modern and great for any season.
The Hobo has the perfect amount of storage. The main compartment is quite spacious. I took it to the waterpark with my daughter and fit in a towel, a change of clothes for both of us, sunblock, my phone, keys, some money, and a couple other odds and ends. There was plenty of room and in that particular case I loved having a lightweight bag that wasn’t going to get ruined if it got wet. The bag also zips shut, which is unique for a reusable bag. Love that feature, too! There’s another slip pocket on the front side that closes with a magnet clasp and a small interior pocket that also zips closed that’s perfect for storing your keys, wallet, cell phone, and lipstick. You know, the essentials. 😉
Hobo rePETe bags are seriously green, and not just in color. Check this out:
- The fabric is 100% recycled (PET – that means plastic bottles!)
- The cordlock is 100% recycled nylon.
- The carabiner is 78% recycled aluminum
- Even the tag that tells you all this info is printed on recycled paper using soy ink.
How cool is that? You would never guess. The material feels like any vinyl bag you might have but I love that it got some bottles out of a landfill in exchange for giving us the coolest carry all ever.
It’s hard to do the Hobo rePETe bag justice in print, so I made a little video for you. Check it out below!
ChicoBag is seriously green. I love this company. It’s not too many companies that I really feel strongly about. I have favorite brands, of course, and products that I love. But ChicoBag really stands for something and their products show that. Whatever they can do to take care of our planet, they do it. They offer a Zero Waste Program where they’ll recycle your reusable bags for you (any brand!), they recycle anything and everything in their own offices, and more. Read about the ChicoBag commitment to the planet here.
If you’re committed to going green and to being stylish while you’re doing it, ChicoBag is a company you want to get to know. Be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to be the first to know about all their latest products and promotions. They often have a fun contest or discount for us!
ChicoBag is generously offering one of my readers their own Hobo rePETe bag! This giveaway is open to US residents only and ends at 12 midnight ET on October 1, 2012. You can enter to win [HERE]. Good luck!
I was provided with a complimentary ChicoBag product to facilitate this review. The opinions in this post are 100% mine. You can read my full disclosure policy here.