Travel Pack rePETe – Re-purposing Plastic Bottles

If you’re anything like me, you’re aware of the issues our planet is facing from our human footprint but sometimes feel a bit helpless about how can we effect a change? I’m talking about on the individual level. Although this is a review of the Travel Pack rePETe, it is it’s construction that really sets it apart. And what sets it apart is just another piece of the answer to my first question.


So what is rePETe? I think this is best answered by the parent company, ChicoBag itself.

rePETe is a trademarked term ChicoBag uses to identify products made from recycled materials. All ChicoBag rePETe products contain certified reprieve fabric which is made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. In addition, many products have other recycled components like carabiners, cording, and cord locks.

Like many of us ChicoBag founder Andy Keller was bothered by the number of single use plastic bags he found at his local landfill. Once it registered in his consensus he couldn’t turn around without seeing them everywhere.

But unlike most of his he grabbed a sewing machine and started a company devoted to recycling the single-use into multi-use products.

rePETe Travel Pack
Travel Pack by rePETe. Made from recycled water bottles. Photograph by Steve Weileman (


The Black Travel Pack is a lightweight and secure travel backpack that is not short on features. The pack features a large main compartment, side and top stash pockets, adjustable straps, a sternum strap for added stabilization and a storage area for a hydration reservoir. The Travel Pack is ideal for day hikes and travel – once you have one you won’t want to depart without it.


  • Lightweight, hydration ready backpack
  • Fabric is made from 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottles
  • Breathable shoulder straps
  • Adjustable sternum strap for added stabilization
  • Entire pack stuffs into outer pocket for convenient storage
  • Made from durable, machine washable materials
  • One year warranty

The price is only $29.95 and you can purchase your own pack here.

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