ChicoBag – Making an Impact!

Posted by — October 16, 2013 10:53 am

ChicoBagImpact Numbers:

Since Earth Day 2005, it has been ChicoBag’s mission to help humanity kick the single use bag habit. So far, they have helped at least 1.8 million people(1) significantly reduce their single-use bag consumption by an estimated 779 MILLION plastic bags(2), enough if tied end to end would circle the earth 6 times(3). That is a lot of plastic bags not entering the waste stream. Those dang ChicoBaggers…

Calculations are based on the following logic and data:

(1) The 1.8 Million People Helped number is calculated by determining how many bags are owned on average by a ChicoBag customer (see footnote 2 below for survey results) and dividing bags sold across this distribution.  Bag Quantity Calculation: Includes all bags sold by ChicoBag.  Produce stand 3 packs are counted as 1 bag. 2005 – 2007 bag quantity was calculated by dividing sales revenue by average bag price of $3 for 2005 and $4 for ’06 and ’07. Using our new accounting software, we used bag inventory sales data for 2008 – 2012 .  We estimate based on qualitative customer feedback indicating that our products on average provide 5 years of service.  Bags older than 5 years are not included in this calculation.

(2) Single-use plastic bag consumption figures are calculated using the United States International Trade Commission report from 2008, stating U.S. consumption of imported and domestically produced Polyethylene Retail Carrier Bags was reported to be 102,105,637,000.
102 Billion / 2010 US Census Data is 330 per person per year, however most references to this statistic cite 326 as the average number per person, so I used 326.   Reduction Figures were calculated using the statistics below from a 2,817 respondent customer survey.  We used this data in footnote 1 and again to determine the number of plastic bags diverted.

  • 4% of ChicoBag customers willing to take the survey reported that they own 1 ChicoBag product and have reduced their plastic bag consumption by 48%.
  • 21% of ChicoBag customers willing to take the survey reported that they own 2.5 ChicoBag products and have reduced their plastic bag consumption by 56%.
  • 28% of ChicoBag customers willing to take the survey reported that they own 4.5 or more ChicoBag products and have reduced their plastic bag consumption by 61%.
  • 47% of ChicoBag customers willing to take the survey reported that they own 6 or more ChicoBag products and have reduced their plastic bag consumption by 68%.

(3) Circle the Earth calculation is based on the following: 2008 bag consumption, according to U.S. International Trade Commission = 102,105,637,000. Earth’s Circumference = 131,480,184 feet, Average bag length = 1ft.

So there you have it!

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