Travel Bags Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles

Travel Bags Made From Recycled Plastic Bottles
Design & Architecture

Pieces from the Hamilton Perkins Collection will save water and reduce carbon emission

Jennifer Passas
  • 26 july 2016

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 plastic bottles for the bags are sourced from Haiti where recycling centers pay community members for old bottles, then clean and crush the plastic. The crushed plastic flakes are sent to the United States, spun into yarn and used to make the canvas material. The lining of the bag is made from old vinyl banners from print shops or festivals, serving as a reminder of the sustainability efforts of the company.

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.


Hamilton Perkins | Thread International 

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