Behind the Scenes at ChicoBag HQ

July 12, 2021 2 min read

Behind the Scenes at ChicoBag HQ

It’s Day 1 at the new job. After a tour of the breakroom, the obligatory meet-and-greet with people whose names you’ve already forgotten, and all your new hire paperwork, your orientation is complete.

Or so you thought.

The last stop on your tour is the swag station, where you’re handed the following:

...and asked to sign the following Zero Waste pledge card:

ChicoBagTM Pledge:

And that’s it! You’re now officially onboarded. At ChicoBag, we take planet protection seriously, beginning with the Mariana Trench of our ocean-friendly operations: our team. A typical first day really looks like the above: we equip our employees with the tools to say no to disposables and the promise to keep each other accountable to our shared mission. (Keep in mind: there’s definitely some good-natured mocking if a disposable cup appears in the office!)

ChicoBag and To-Go Ware HQ takes its cue from our pledge, with refillable cereal dispensers, coffee and kombucha on tap. There are recycling and compost containers, and each team member has an assigned washable towel in the restroom.

With Plastic-free Julynow in full swing for 2021, we wanted to share how to do things here at ChicoBag to inspire you personally or as a company to build your own planet-friendly kits to keep at the office or in your bag. When you have everything you need right at your fingertips, it’s easy to choose to reuse.

Feel free to take inspo from our Orientation Kits above, or build your own.

Here are a few of our favorite suggestions we’d also recommend:

To-Go Ware Premium Utensil Set

  • Why We Love It:Replaces 1625 single-use utensils
  • Why You or Your Employees Will Love It: Has every utensil possible, including chopsticks, a straw, and bottle opener

Snack Time rePETe

  • Why We Love It:Replaces 1825 single-use bags; made from 100% recycledplastic bottles
  • Why You’ll Love It: Way better than plastic baggies for your sandwiches and carrots (okay and M&Ms)

ChicoBag Reusable 3-Layer Facewear

  • Why We Love It: Replaces 547 single-use masks throughout its life
  • Why You’ll Love It: Tested to EU community mask standards, doesn’t fog up glasses

ChicoBag Vita Tote

  • Why We Love It:Replaces 1560 single-use bags throughout its life
  • Why You’ll Love It: Holds Up to 40 Pounds, comes in 10 cool prints

As for the pledge? That’s up to you. (Hint: Our employees have to say it out loud! Could be fun) No matter what you include, a zero-waste kit is an important step in equipping yourself, your employees, and hopefully your community to live more sustainably.

What will your Day 1 include?