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Andy Keller, entrepreneur and activist has traveled the country as the dreaded Bag Monster to increase support for single-use plastic bag reduction efforts. Keller is the Founder and CEO of the ChicoBag Company and a Founding Member of the Reusable Bag Association.

What is a Bag Monster?
/ September 28, 2011 5:40 pm

What is a Bag Monster?

BUT WAIT, with BAG MONSTER – THERE’S MORE | In addition to grocery bags, the Bag Monster is comprised of all types of excessive plastic bags, from produce bags for single items, to newspaper bags on a sunny day, to all thoose poly bags in which our electronics come packaged. The Bag Monster thrives on our excessive consumption of plastic bags. The more you feed it, the biggger Bag Monster gets!!

Lawsuit Victory |  Plastic Bags to Be Grounded From Flight
/ September 15, 2011 7:32 pm

Lawsuit Victory | Plastic Bags to Be Grounded From Flight

As part of the settlement agreement between Hilex Poly and my company, ChicoBag, Hilex Poly will start to acknowledge the issue of wind blown litter, agreeing to add, for the first time that we are aware, the issue of windblown litter to their website. They are required to not only address this issue on their website, they also are required to print a message on their bags. The message will include the phrase "Tie in Knot Before Disposal"

/ September 13, 2011 9:39 am

Plastic Bag Wars Between ChicoBag and Hilex Poly Come to An End

Please see ChicoBag’s Press Release For documents related to the lawsuit, please visit: Please see our post: BATTLE OF THE BAGS | LAWSUIT Q&A | FACTS IN DISPUTE Please see our post: Lawsuit Victory |  Plastic Bags to Be Grounded From Flight

Bag Monster Sighting – South Pacific Subtropical Gyre
/ May 23, 2011 12:22 pm

Bag Monster Sighting – South Pacific Subtropical Gyre

I have been tracking the Bag Monster for over 6 years now. My search lead me to join the 5Gyres Institute, as they explored the last of the five oceanic gyres in their ground breaking global research expedition. I wanted to see firsthand, the impacts of plastic pollution on our marine environment. In case you were not aware, a gyre is a gentle vortex, formed between two currents, creating an area that is known to collect marine debris and plastic pollution. “Great Pacific Garbage Patch” is a common description of the well-known North Pacific Gyre. The other four gyres have been largely unexplored until now. You can read about my journey here:

Andy Keller, Aboard the Sea Dragon – Part 4
/ April 7, 2011 8:33 am

Andy Keller, Aboard the Sea Dragon – Part 4

Before joining the 5 Gyres Institute expedition to explore the South Pacific Subtropical Gyre, I didn’t know exactly what I would see out here.  I had read the news stories, describing a gyre as a trash vortex, a floating island, a garbage patch as well as many other well-intentioned analogies.  I say analogies because the reality of plastic in the [&hellip