A Smart And Stylish Way To Shop

Linda Dela Cruz
Wednesday - September 09, 2009
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Larry, Natalie and Dianne Wennick, Roxanne Yadao, Kaimana and Kainalu Spear, Janu Cassidy and Noella Monteiro show off their carts

Dianne Wennick sets a good example of how to look fashionable while doing something positive for the environment. An avid believer in making a stylish statement, she is passionate about wheeling her Rolser cart every time she shops so she uses fewer plastic bags.

With her company Cart-It Hawaii, she is among the first to bring the Rolser cart, which is manufactured in Spain, to the U.S.

“Whenever I walk around with it, people do a double take as they haven’t seen anything like it before,” says Wennick. “We have several designer bag looks and a camouflage look. Men and women like these. We have some with a more sporty look, and some close with a drawstring. We have one called the Plegomatic that folds up like a briefcase.”

One of the bags has a thermal lining so food items can be kept hot or cold. Some carts have bags that separate from the wheels.


Wennick advises keeping the cart in your car.

“I feel so good that I’m eliminating the use of about eight or nine plastic bags in a week,” she says. “It supports the environment, but it’s mostly about style.”

She first got the word out about the carts at dinner parties when she started the business about six months ago. These days she sells online, and the Internet is bringing her orders from as far away as New York, California and Washington. She delivers carts to customers on Oahu and puts on trunk shows at networking events.

“The people who come back to buy another one are those who want one to use just for grocery shopping and a different one to use at the mall,” she explains.

The carts have a reusable waterproof bag that can carry about 40 pounds.

Wennick has worked in real estate since the 1980s, and is a Realtor with East Oahu Realty.

The Kahala resident acknowledges her friends and family for their help, and she especially appreciates the encouragement of her husband, Larry, and their 4-year-old daughter Natalie.

“This is not only for our generation, this is for my daughter’s generation,” she says.

For more information, call 224-1272 or log onto cartithawaii.com.

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