Sustainable Surf, a nonprofit focused on protecting ocean health, has teamed up with Swiss designer Yves Béhar and MAFIA Bags, a Bay Area-based brand making bags and backpacks from upcycled sails, to create an urban adventure bag that supports the local community and diverts valuable resources from landfill.
Collaborating with Béhar and MAFIA, Sustainable Surf created the Deep Blue Bag, a superlight technical daypack made from upcycled spinnaker sails, climbing ropes from Yosemite Valley and wetsuit/dry suit material. The bag features a slew of functional features — such as a water-resistant wet pocket, weather-proof zippers and external gear loops — geared at enhancing and enabling people’s connection to the outdoors and the ocean. There’s even a padded laptop/tablet pocket that makes the bag ideal for everyday urban adventuring. Striking the ultimate balance of form, function and sustainability, the daypack demonstrates that high-quality products can be made from waste and recycled materials.
The partnership builds on the efforts of the organization’s ECOBOARD Project, which aims to help the surfing community build, buy and ride high-performance, sustainable surfboards, as well as educating and engaging the community about the environmental impacts of the industry. Five years after the launch of the program, ECOBOARD has now engaged over 150 surfboard and stand-up paddleboard brands worldwide to transform their manufacturing processes and materials to be more sustainable. The project has resulted in the creation of new, low-impact products, such as 3D-printed surfboards made from ocean plastic, and surfboards designed for 100 percent recycling at end-of-life.
All of the profits from the Deep Blue Bag will be donated to Sustainable Surf to support its Waste to Waves program, which reimagines waste as a resource by finding new ways for waste material to be made into new products with innovative partners. Past projects have included turning wetsuits into yoga mats with Suga Mats, styrofoam packaging into new surfboards with Marko Foam and wine corks into surfing traction pads with ReCork.
Sustainable Surf is running a Kickstarter campaign until 26 December, where people can get in early on the Deep Blue Bag. The bag is set to launch in early 2018 and will retail for $200.
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