Zero Waste

At ChicoBag we strive to leave the planet better than we found it. When waste does not become food for another system, natural or otherwise, it becomes pollution. We are committed to continually creating efficiencies that eliminate waste in all aspects of our business. We walk the talk and simply refuse the "Big 5" (single-use plastic bags, single-use water bottles, single-use cups, single-use utensils and polystyrene take-out containers).

We value efficiency, durability, innovation and quality. We always strive to do our best, and acknowledge that we will make mistakes. WE will never let a mistake go to waste - always improving, always learning, always being the change we wish to see in the world. We believe this is good for our business, good for the people whose lives we touch, and good for the planet. Below are a few of the programs we have implemented to help us achieve our Zero Waste Goals.

Pay it Forward Program

Reusable bags sometimes wear out, but we don’t want to see them in the landfill when they do. We have an active repurposing and recycling program for all brands and types of reusable bags. ChicoBag doesn’t want ANY reusable bag to be left in a dark closet or sent to the landfill.

Send us your tired reusable bags, functional or not. We will distribute them to fixed and low income families ready to start a reusable bag habit, or recycle them into new, useful products through partnerships with artists, crafters and non-profit organizations. Mail your unwanted reusable bags to:

ChicoBag Company
c/o Zero Waste Program
747 Fortress Street
Chico, CA 95973

Do you have ideas on who would benefit from a program like this? Please email us at

On average, each person in America sends 2.89 pounds of trash to the landfill each day. With our reduction and zero waste initiatives, our office is able to bring our number down to .02 pounds per person per day.