Travel Bags Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles
Pieces from the Hamilton Perkins Collection will save water and reduce carbon emission
Entrepreneur Hamilton Perkins was inspired to make a new travel bag when he was heading off for a trip and couldn’t find the right bag. The first version of the bag he created was leather, while he was inspired to use a more unconventional material for the second version: plastic. Now, the travel bags are created using discarded plastic bottles that are woven into canvas and then lined with recycled vinyl billboards.
Perkins wanted to create a product that mattered, and with the second version of his bag he developed a bag that reduces carbon emissions, saves water and create jobs in developing countries. Knowing that billions of plastic bottles are thrown away every year, Perkins wanted a way to raise awareness of the issue. His startup, a certified B Corporation called Hamilton Perkins, partnered with Thread International, a social enterprise that works with recyclers in developing countries.
The cost of the bag is fully transparent for potential buyers: the $95 duffel breaks down to $12 for the plastic bottles, $30 for labour and the remaining amount as profit. Hamilton Perkins publishes how much revenue each bag generates for Haitian businesses, as well as how much water and carbon emissions is saved in comparison to a regular duffel bag.
The bags are crowdfunding on Kickstarter.