First things first: ChicoBags deserve a cookie and a star for environmental friendliness. In the course of our research, we spoke to Dune Ives, the executive director of Lonely Whale, a foundation dedicated to addressing ocean health, and she name-checked ChicoBags as a company that addresses both environmental and social sustainability. “The two go hand in hand,” she said. “ChicoBags is very committed to NGOs and also communities.” Not only is ChicoBags a certified B Corporation, the Sling Repete is made of 100% post-consumer recycled plastic. And through its Pay it Forward Program, the company accepts donations of all kinds of reusable bags, which are repurposed or redistributed to low-income families. In short, this is a bag you can feel good about buying.
In addition to being an eco all-star, this bag is super easy to pack and incredibly comfortable to carry, features that only add to its appeal for anyone who hoofs it to the grocery store. Most of the bags we tested (including another one from ChicoBag, the Vita Repete Tote) had shorter shoulder straps. But once we got a taste of carrying groceries in this cross-body bag, we were hooked. It was easy on the shoulder, even for the heaviest loads. The bag has a weight capacity of 40 pounds, and the ChicoBag website helpfully points out that a gallon of milk weighs 7, so it should be able to handle any groceries you throw its way. We put it to the test with a 35-pound medicine ball, and proceeded to walk around feeling like Hercules.