Yves Bhar recycles wetsuits and boat sails into ocean-friendly bags

November 9, 2017 by  
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Yves Béhar is turning trash into treasure. The rock-star industrial designer, founder of the San Francisco-based firm Fuse Project , has teamed up with Mafia Bags to transform used wetsuits, recycled boat sails, and castoff climbing ropes from the Yosemite Valley into an “everyday urban adventure pack.” Even better, the proceeds benefit  Sustainable Surf , a California nonprofit that leverages surf culture into a force for protecting the world’s oceans. The project hits close to home for Béhar, an avid surfer and kiteboarder, as well as an ambassador for Sustainable Surf. “I am passionate about protecting the oceans,” Béhar wrote in a blog post . “I surf, swim and explore in them. And I have seen firsthand the damage done. When Sustainable Surf and San Francisco-based sail recycler Mafia Bags approached me, I saw this project as an opportunity to create awareness and finance sustainability programs … and to make a good bag with waste materials.” Related: Yves Béhar unveils new Smart Locks that make keyless entry a breeze Designed, sourced, and crafted in San Francisco, the Deep Blue Bag is chock-full of adventure-ready features, water-resistant wet pocket (for wetsuits and sweaty gym clothes), a padded laptop pouch, a hidden side-seam pocket for your wallet and keys, external and internal gear loops, and a place to secure a water bottle. All zippers are designed to be weather-resistant for “fog, rain, sun, shine.” Besides boasting a generous lifetime warranty from Mafia Bags, no two bags are exactly alike. “One thing that I love about this bag is that because of the way the sails are constructed and re-used, the stitching may happen in different places, which makes every bag a one-of-kind,” Béhar said. Each carryall diverts more than 10 square feet of material from the landfill, according to its Kickstarter campaign , where you can preorder a bag for $175. Related: “Listen Closely” lampshades are made with legacy sails from Canada Place All profits from the Deep Blue Bag will go to Sustainable Surf to expand Waste to Waves, a recycling program that reimagines trash as a resource for creating new products. “When you buy this product, you’re not only investing in a functional adventure pack— you’re helping to keep our oceans clean, and supporting a movement that’s making treasure from our trash,” Béhar said. + Deep Blue Bag at Kickstarter + Fuse Project

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Sea Bags Breathe New Life into Old Sails

August 7, 2014 by  
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There’s nothing we love more at Inhabitat than seeing waste materials recycled into innovative new pieces. Upcycling allows old items to be magically transformed into new, interesting pieces, and there’s a little company in Maine that’s doing something remarkable with old boat sails. A sail can only be mended so many times before it’s no longer usable, but instead of letting all that sturdy material go to waste,  Sea Bags  recycles these sails into gorgeous, nautical-themed bags that come in all shapes and sizes. Read the rest of Sea Bags Breathe New Life into Old Sails Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: boat sails , Maine , old sails , recycled sails , sail bags , sail tote bags , sails , Sea Bags , seabags , upcycled sails

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Gorgeous Folded Nomad Portable Herb Planters Made from Scrap Boat Sails and Covers

July 29, 2014 by  
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Nomad is a portable herb planter in the form of folded fabric. The design is adaptable to a variety of environments with limited space for plants. It can hang from a rope, sit on the coffee table, be transported to the window for more sunlight or the user may choose to only plant one side and hang it on the wall to create a vertical garden . The open ended design leaves the placement up to the user. The form is made out of a fabric rectangle, folded into a double sided pot and stamped with an eyelet. There is a gap between the two layers allowing the soil to breathe and drain. Nomad is made from scrap boat sails and boat covers. The materials are locally-sourced from the post production waste of sailmakers in the Bronx, New York. Some of the materials are sailcloth from the 80’s that isn’t up to par with the sail industry today. A joint senior thesis project at Parsons The New School For Design with Miriam Josi this past Spring, Nomad was developed through a common passion for food, design and sustainable living. + The Garden Department The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: city gardening , green design , nomad , portable herb planters , portable planters , reader submitted content , Recycled Materials , recycled sails , sail cloth , sustainable design , the garden department , Urban design , urban gardening

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