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Back on March 29, when I first started Lindsay’s List, I opened my blogging with the topic Just Bag It, calling reusable bags the “duh!” of the conservation lifestyle and movement.

It seemed to be stating the obvious, repeating a message often touted among eco-types, greenies and treehuggers the world over.

But coming from the communications world, I knew that people have to be hit with a message a minimum of seven times for it to sink in. So I figure that pretty much any conservation tip I cover on Lindsay’s List, whether it’s new news or not, is worth sharing.

Taking the bullet for re-users everywhere

In that post I pointed to a few different reusable bag makers as sources where you can get good looking reusable bags. One of those companies was ChicoBag™ Company, an outfit out of California with a great environmental commitment, solid activism and a fabulous product. I wish they manufactured in the US, but otherwise I love ‘em!

But the Save the Plastic Bag Coalition (Pahleeze!) doesn’t like ChicoBag™ Company, and neither do Hilex Poly Company, LLC, Superbag Operating, LTD., and Advance Polybag, Inc., some of the the Save the Plastic Bag Coalition’s members. Those companies have decided to advance a SLAPP lawsuit (in layman terms, that’s a lawsuit brought by the rich and powerful against the little guy to intimidate them and try to bleed them dry in or out of court) against ChicoBag™ Company.

It just get’s more insidious

And guess what? To avoid California’s anti-SLAPP law, those schmucks filed suit in South Carolina.

What jerks!

The suit claims that ChicoBags posts unsubstantiated claims about the impact of plastic on its site in an attempt to sell more reusable bags and sully the reputation of plastic bag makers. Apparently, the good old corporate behemoths at Hilex Poly, Superbag, and Advance Polybag, have never taken a vacay to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

Nor have they gotten the memo that plastic never biodegrades. Seriously, feel free to bequeath that Coke bottle to your progeny in perpetuity.

Class warfare always begins from above

You know what I feel about these three plastic companies and their pals at the phony baloney Save the Plastic Bag Coalition? Well, besides things that a lady-like chick such as myself shouldn’t commit to print, I also feel a pang of deep compassion for the Coalition. I just wanna say, “Poor widdle owld pwastic companies are seeing their profits shrink. Boo hoo!”

Wait, I thought these were just the kind of free-market guys who keep claiming that it’s the market that decides? Apparently except when consumer behavior changes and they don’t like the results.

Guess what pals? You need to retool your freaking business model. Are you seriously going to try to intimidate others, showing that you have no interest in the free market after all. Are you really going to go crying to what you would otherwise deem the big nanny government to come rescue you when you don’t come out on top?


Let’s not stand for this

Now more than ever, I am determined, as I said on the Real Life With Jennifer Till Show, to help spread the message that no self-respecting man or woman should be caught with a disposable plastic bag.

I hope that there’ll be tons of coverage of this case and backing by the broad eco-community in ChicoBags’s favor as a rallying point against the blatantly abusive practices of  intimidation and plutocracy that corporate knobs perpetrate against the little guy.

There’s a saying, made startlingly clear in the amazing film The Winslow Boy. The saying is “Let Right Be Done.” The rightest thing that could be done is for this case to be thrown out of court and restitution paid to ChicoBags for the hassle.

In the meantime, here’s a few quick things you can do:

I hope everyone reading this will vow to never again use a shopping center plastic bag again. And that more stores will encourage reusable bags with big signs on site, just as Whole Foods does. There you go Coalition, why don’t you sue Whole Foods next?

Or maybe you could ask Uncle Sam for a bailout and get your own slice of the fleece-the-taxpayer pie. You big babies.

–Lindsay Curren, Lindsay’s List

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About Lindsay Curren

Lindsay Curren has no intention of ending up the Scarlett O'Hara of the 21st century, dizzy and confused as neo-Rome burns. Instead, the Staunton, Virginia based writer, designer and high-heeled survivalist writes Lindsay's List, the women's conservation blog and edits Transition Voice, the online magazine on peak oil and the coming life of sweaty labor and, hopefully, nicer manners.


  1. You ROCK Lindsay! Go go go go…no more plastic! Love this! :D

  2. i find it odd that people are using a plastic china made chico bag and polluting china for a enviromental reason,the amount of benzene,toxic dyes,oil,coal,stripmines for the bauxite carabener acrylic powder coating stripmines for the spring steel,and many waterways and greenhouse gasses to produce this item makes it totaly unsustainable,we need to support american organically grown fibers.because it is lazyness to impulse buy a product that causes birthdefects and kills people for the oil to get it to market

    • I agree that we need more domestic manufacturing. As to whether ChicoBags contain any of the materials you allege, I don’t know. I’d have to see your fact sheet for this with corroboration.

      My concern with manufacturing in China is the fossil fuel miles goods must travel to reach the US (and other places) and the CO2 released as a result. In this regard, ChicoBags is no different than any other company choosing to outsource labor to cheaper areas. They, however, have the Fair Labor Association backing, making their manufacturing processes more transparent, equitable and safe:

      Any way you cut it though, the three businesses attempting to pick off ChicoBags Company are practicing egregious, anti-American, intimidation practices and double speak about their own product at the most unconscionable level.

      If they want a fight, they’re going to get one.

  3. Chris Champagne says:

    I e-mailed the Save the Plastic Bag Coalition and they actually responded and told me that they have nothing to do with this particular lawsuit.

    I am a huge fan of ChicoBags.

    • I feel that the way I wrote that made it somewhat unclear about the suit and the related activities of the company. I rewrote the piece about contacting the Save the Plastic Bag Coalition to make clear that as an industry organization they should tell those MEMBERS to cease the suit.

  4. It’s time to help Mother Earth be healthy and whole again. No more plastic bags to harm earth.

  5. Lindsay – I have an anti-single-use plastic bag initiative called Right Bag at ‘Ya! and I have shared your post there. We are very interested in this case and are behind ChicoBag 100%. Please join us there.

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