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‘Win It’ Wednesday: Wildlife-Friendly ChicoBag

Written by PETA | September 1, 2010

Did you know that the average person uses 500 plastic bags every year? Yeah, me either, but Andy Keller knows. The founder of reusable-tote company ChicoBag is currently touring the country dressed as his alter ego, the Bag Monster, in order to educate people about the enormous number of plastic bags that we thoughtlessly consume—and discard—every day.


Bag Monster


A man/monster who puts his money where his mouth is, Keller has provided PETA with stash of his popular Sling rePETe bags to give away to 10 lucky PETA Files readers.




Not only are plastic bags monstrously ugly, they can also be deadly to wildlife, including birds who become entangled in them and sea animals who ingest them after mistaking them for jellyfish or other food sources. (You can read about BBC wildlife documentary filmmaker Rebecca Hosking’s campaign to ban plastic bags in the current issue of Animal Times).

Post a comment below telling us how you’re battling the plastic plague. The commenters that most inspire us to reduce, reuse, and recycle will be toting home their tofu in a stylish Sling bag. The contest ends on September 15, 2010, and we’ll select the winners on September 17, 2010. Be sure to read our privacy policy and terms and conditions, as you’re agreeing to both by commenting.

Remember, don’t feed the Bag Monster.

Written by Alisa Mullins

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  • Janet Hayes says:

    For those who reject or are just not interested in the cloth bags I suggest you try them. They are so much easier to handle than the plastic and hold so much more.

  • Michael says:

    have purchased reusable bags that I use whenever I go shopping

  • Benita says:

    What’s a plastic bag? I have a chico bag a Wild Life Federation Bag and a teachers book club bagall cloth. I’d love to add this one to my collection.

  • anna t. says:

    I use canvas bags whenever I go shopping.

  • Lu says:

    Not using plastic bags can help you. My grocery store gives me a discount if I bring my own bag. By using a chic bag you can look good everywhere even grocery shopping. A sturdy cheap bag won’t break. I used to lose $ with food being damaged as I had a few plastic bags break.

  • Catya Donahower says:

    I never go anywhere without reusable shopping bags!

  • Patricia says:

    Using plastic can be harmful to small children if they get a hold of it or a small animal. They dont understand the perils of putting it on thier heads. We use reusable bags here. We also believe in recycling and utilize rain barrels. Everyone consider the earth and your nieghbors around you.

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  • Ayka says:

    I think I’m too far to get the bagwould be more expensive to send it then the price of the bag but the topic I found very interesting. Living in a small town has it’s advantages one who attracts attention can define fashion and style in the whole town. As I’m a teacher everybody knows me as I like looking good all the time I attract attention and yes I look good with my shopping bagslinen cotton etc. always in color of my shoes and belt. My bags are practical reusable endless of times and became a fashion detail part of stylemany people copied me so now we hardly see people especially young carrying a plastic bag AND WE SAVE MONEY because they always charge for a plastic bag in shops that was the first youth action in the towncharging for plastic bags.

  • Cynthia C says:

    I always ask for paper bags at the grocery which I use to recycle my newspapers.

  • Richard T. says:

    I use canvas bags over and over. Plus we purchase many items at Costco which doesn’t bag anything in plastic.

  • Cassie says:

    My grandma decided to be creative and amazing nothing new! and started making purses and hats! She cuts them into strips rolls them and ties them together to make a “yarn.” And then kneads them together. The things she makes are fabulous. Likewise in the non use of plastic bags my Mom and I have reusable grocery bags the ones you buy from the grocery store and we keep them in the back of the car. If for some reason we do not have them rare the bags we go use are paper which we use over and over again until they rip. In which time we recycle them.

  • Melissa L. Briggs says:

    I keep reusable bags in my trunk so when we go to the store it’s a nobrainer! I also got each of my kids their own so they feel that they can do their part to save the planet as well. If by chance we do get a plastic bag we make sure to recycle it. I think that stores need to stop offering them period maybe during the first month give some sort of incentive for bringing your own bags then people will get on board. I hope when my children are adults they will not even know what plastic bags are.

  • Denise says:

    I use absolutely no plastic bags whatsoever! If by some chance I forget to carry a bag in I will carry my stuff out by hand before I’ll use a plastic bag there are far too many of them in use. I also started giving reusable bags as gifts a few years ago to decrease the plastic bag usage of friends and family.

  • veronica says:

    I have used plastic cuz i reuse them or return em 2 the store. I use them in my trash cans 2. I have a small canvas tote that im currently using as my purse and its thermal so i can put my kids sippy cups in it. People think cloth bags mean grocceries only but they make great diaper bags schoolWork organizers closet storage for winter gearetc. Plus most are washable in case something leaks. I also recycle n reuse paper bags n shoes boxes. Theres so many ways 2 reuse things rather then toss into a landfill. P.s I also recomend using cans instead of 6 pck bottles. Those plastic rings they use end up around some animals neck or leg.

  • Janet k says:

    We use reusable bags all the time…plastic bags are just not cool.

  • AAG says:

    I take cloth bags when I shop for groceries.

  • Cat! =^-^= says:

    I keep reusable bags in my office home and car. That way I never have an excuse for not having one available.

  • Julia says:

    One day my immediate family decided to stop our plastic bag usage. Every time we go to the grocery store or a department store we use a canvas bag. Because of this other members of our family have done the same.

  • Elysa Graci says:

    Reusable bags should not only be restricted to grocery stores. They can be used at shopping malls pet food stores and restaurants for takeout food. They don’t need to take up too much room in your purse either. There are portable bags that are compressible and fit into tiny compartments. If we each have at least one of these reusable bags with us at all times we can make a huge difference in the demand of plastic bags. As for the plastic bags that I have at home I try my best to reuse them. When i use them for my lunch I do not throw them out after I bring them back home with me and store them. There should be more awareness in regards to throwing out plastic bags and what happens to them after they are disposed of. Perhaps stickers or signs should be placed on garbage cans saying “Please do not throw out plastic bags. Reuserecycle.” OR “Save our birds. reuse your plastic bags.” When I used to work at a well known coffee shop there was no recycling system. All the employees and customers disposed of everything in one place which all ended up being garbage. I introduced a blue bin and paper bin. I made sure this was enforced by reminding the employees where certain materials are supposed to be placed. Now a few years later this chain of coffee shops have a strong recycling system. I am not fully responsible but I do believe that my voice was heard among others. Where I live there is now a 5 cent charge for bags. I believe this should be a law everywhere. It has been a successful method in ensuring that customers bring their own reusable bags. I have seen this with my own eyes.

  • Kristina says:

    I don’t even use them anymore. Because even if you repurpose them as mini trash bags or picking up after dogs they still end up in the landfill at the end of the day! I use biodegradable pick up bags for cleaning my cats’ litterboxes. I keep a bunch of reuseable ones in my car and a small one in my purse. Also I almost always use the self checkout at stores the cashiers are usually pretty inefficient at filling the bags and will likely resort to plastic ones anyway.

  • Sharon Parshall says:

    I use cloth bags for all shopping and I tell retailers that I want them to ask if I want a bag before they start bagging my stuff in plastic or paper bags. Most clerks assume I want a bag which irks me. They will bag even if it’s only one little thing. Argh!!!

  • Amanda says:

    I too like to use my own bags when shopping plus I get rewarded by getting 5 or 10 cents off per bag I use…the savings add up!

  • allie says:

    i always have my cloth bags in my car and in my pursebag.. and i always use biodegradable poop bags for my dog. i seek out really fun cloth bags for myself and give them as gifts to my friends and family too! i even brought a bunch of them to Greece this summer to give away as gifts!