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$2,562
pledged of $11,000pledged of $11,000 goal
23
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Tue, December 27 2011 3:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

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Hi and thanks for visiting our project.  We make eco-friendly bags and accessories here in Raleigh, North Carolina.  With your help, we'd like to hang them around more shoulders. 

BUSINESS CARD HOLDER /// Made of recycled tractor tire inner tubes gathered up from Siler City, North Carolina.

MEN'S LEATHER WALLET /// See more HERE on Flickr.  Made from recycled leather aircraft seat covers.

COMMUTER PURSE /// See more HERE on Flickr.  The Commuter Purse has three pockets and an adjustable shoulder strap.  Designed with a utilitarian purpose in mind for quick travel.  Size is 7 1/4 in. wide x 10 in. tall.

AERO DRAWSTRING BAG /// See more HERE on Flickr.  This drawstring is a throw and go bag.  Made with recycled wool blend aircraft fabrics.  Measures 19 in. wide x 22 in. tall and has one outer pocket.  

THE AIR BAG /// The Air Bag, which is based on the piece commissioned by Recycle Runway's Environmental Stewardess Exhibition, contains 90% recycled content.  It's lined with recycled wool blend aircraft curtains.

CONCOURSE BAG /// See more HERE on Flickr.  The Concourse holds an iPad or Kindle comfortably.  Has a slider for shoulder strap adjustment.

HARGETT MESSENGER BAG /// See more HERE on Flickr.  This is the classic messenger bag for cyclists. Has shoulder and messenger strap.  Many zippered and interior pockets.  Measures 15 inches wide x 10 in. by 6in.  Has expansion straps for over-stuffing.  Made from recycled bike inner tubes and recycled aircraft curtains as liner.

FIRST CLASS LAPTOP BAG /// See more HERE on Flickr.  Holds a 15 inch laptop comfortably and is fully padded.  Many zippered and interior pockets.  We recycled the bicycle valve stems into zipper pulls for a unique touch.

PIEDMONT LAPTOP BAG /// See more HERE on Flickr.  Also holds a 15 inch laptop comfortably and is fully padded. This was the very first bag design I began with back in Fall 2009.  Still my favorite.

TURBO DUFFLE BAG /// See more HERE on Flickr.  At 21 inches long, this one's for overnight travel.  It's got a classic look with nickel plated hardware.

ONE-OF-A-KIND BAG in WHITE SAIL CLOTH /// Here's a glance at the actual worn sail cloth we'll use, which was salvaged from Oriental, North Carolina.

T-SHIRT AND FINE ART PRINT DESIGN

The graphic design of the T-Shirt and the fine art print will be quite similar to the graphic shown below.  The T-Shirt material will be a medium grey color.  The Fine Art Print will be a Serigraph on acid-free archival quality paper.

Our Story                                                                                                                  Tierra Ideas started in 2009 by making travel bags from recycled materials.  We aimed to create handcrafted goods out of materials that would otherwise end up as trash in a landfill, like worn bicycle inner tubes and weathered sail cloth.  We constructed the bags in Raleigh, North Carolina, not overseas, with many of the materials sourced locally.  We've been fortunate to be in an area with a long history in the textile industry.  The idea gained traction around Raleigh and we've enjoyed meeting people at a local weekend market.  We found out that many were interested in locally-made, sustainable goods.  

Now in recent years, we noticed that the airline industry began focusing efforts on finding new ways to recycle even more of their waste.  We wanted to be part of this leading effort.  And so a recent partnership with Delta Air Lines led us to create a line of bags made from 100% recycled aircraft curtains and seat back covers.  These worn fabrics are donated by Delta Air Lines.   Our bags are in several Raleigh-Durham area stores.  But with these 1000's of worn, aircraft fabrics, we'd like to recycle them into many more bags.

Our Next Step                                                                                                               So here's how You can help.  To recycle all of this material, we'd like to get our bags out there, hanging on more shoulders beyond our hometown.  This will mean increasing production.  Since our start, we've been self-financed, but with your help we want to

  • purchase additional equipment, which will help us streamline manufacturing
  • partner with a local manufacturer, Red-Handed Bags, and
  • expand our product line and keep living our passion.

If you have any questions, please send us an email to matt@tierraideas.com. You can follow our updates on our Blog. Shipping for international supporters will be handled on a personal basis with each backer.                                                                                                                                                           

We'd like to extend a big Thank You! to Nikhil at locusrecordings.com for his incredible video skills and to the awesome guys at Dreams West for the groovin' music.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             We hope you enjoy our project and our bags.                                                       Thank you!  Matt and Luisa

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    THANK YOU MUCHO /// Wallpaper for computer & smartphone emailed to you of Kickstarter Edition Tierra Ideas Art Design. Social media Thank You! on my facebook/twitter with a link to your website/twitter or social media profile.

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    "TIERRA IDEAS" BASICS /// Tierra Ideas oval Bumper Sticker & EVERYTHING Above.

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    CARD HOLDER + BASICS /// Business Card Holder made from recycled tractor tire inner tubes from Siler City NC. And BASICS.

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    T-SHIRT + BASICS /// Vivid T-Shirt that shows your love for recycling. Printed on an American Apparel 100% cotton T-Shirt. Available in all sizes. And BASICS.

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    PURSE + FINE ART PRINT /// Pre-order The Commuter Purse made with the newest First Class wool blend fabric OR with all-black inner tube rubber. And a personally signed, Tierra/Kickstarter Edition Fine Art Print.

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    WALLET + FINE ART PRINT /// Pre-order the Men's Wallet made with the newest grey or blue leather. A personally signed, Tierra/Kickstarter Edition Fine Art Print.

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    DRAWSTRING BAG + T-SHIRT + FINE ART PRINT /// Pre-order the Aero Drawstring bag made with the newest First Class wool blend fabric OR the Navy Blue fabric. Tierra Ideas T-shirt, as detailed above. And a personally signed, Tierra/Kickstarter Limited Edition Fine Art Print.

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    PURSE BY YOU + T-SHIRT + BASICS /// Send me your favorite worn-out old coat or other heavy fabric. I'll personally transform it into The Commuter Purse for you, a one-of-a-kind. T-Shirt, as detailed above, and the Basics.

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    THE AIR BAG + FINE ART PRINT /// Pre-order The Air Bag made with blue leather or grey leather. Has a limited edition Kickstarter logo inside, personally signed. And a signed, Tierra/Kickstarter Edition Fine Art Print.

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    CONCOURSE BAG + T-SHIRT + FINE ART PRINT /// Pre-order The Concourse Bag made with the newest First Class wool blend fabric OR the Desert wool blend fabric. Holds an iPad or Kindle and has a limited edition Kickstarter logo inside, personally signed. Tierra Ideas T-Shirt. And a signed, Tierra/Kickstarter Edition Fine Art Print.

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    HARGETT MESSENGER BAG + T-SHIRT + FINE ART PRINT /// Order the classic Hargett Messenger Bag made with recycled bicycle inner tubes. At 15 inches wide, it holds everything and has a limited edition Kickstarter logo inside, personally signed. Tierra Ideas T-Shirt. And a signed, Tierra/Kickstarter Edition Fine Art Print.

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    LAPTOP BAG + T-SHIRT + FINE ART PRINT /// Pre-order the The First Class Laptop Bag made with the newest First Class wool blend fabric OR the Piedmont Laptop Bag made with all-black inner tube rubber. Has a limited edition Kickstarter logo inside, personally signed. Tierra Ideas T-Shirt. And a signed, Tierra/Kickstarter Edition Fine Art Print.

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    TURBO DUFFLE BAG + FINE ART PRINT /// Pre-order the The Turbo Duffle made with the newest First Class fabric. Has a personally signed, limited edition Kickstarter logo inside. Have your name or initials embroidered into the bag inner lining. And a Signed, Tierra/Kickstarter Edition Fine Art Print.

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    ONE-OF-A-KIND BAG + T-SHIRT + FINE ART PRINT /// Made exclusively from a worn White Sailboat Sail Cloth, recycled from Oriental, NC. Has a limited edition Kickstarter logo inside, signed by me. Have your name or initials embroidered into the fabric. Tierra Ideas T-Shirt. And a signed, Tierra/Kickstarter Edition Fine Art Print.

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    PAINTING BY MATT + FINE ART PRINT + SWEETS /// An original landscape painting by Matt Mahler. Visit mattsartjourney.com to see past artworks and style. A bag of scrumptious sweets. And a personally signed, Tierra/Kickstarter Edition Fine Art Print.

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    YOU'RE THE SPOTLIGHT + ANY BAG + TSHIRT + BASICS /// Go down in Tierra Ideas History with the next designed bag named after you. Your name & contribution will be honored on our website! Imagine people wearing "The Lisa" or "The David". You also get any current bag with a limited edition Kickstarter logo inside, signed by me. T-Shirt and the Basics.

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    (3) FLAGSHIP BAGS + T-SHIRT + EXTRAS /// Pre-Order our 3 largest bags, Turbo Duffle Bag, First Class Laptop Bag and Aero Drawstring Bag. All made with recycled First Class fabric. They'll have limited edition Kickstarter logos inside, signed by me. Tierra Ideas T-Shirt. A bag of scrumptious sweets. And a personal Social Media Thank You!

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    PRIVATE TOUR + DINNER + T-SHIRT + (2) BAGS + EXTRAS /// You, One of your friends, and I will meet up for a behind-the-scenes tour of how we make bags. Never sewed? You both get a guided hands-on demo and several yards of recycled fabric for your own home project. You, your friend and I will dine at a Raleigh restaurant of your choice. Two large photo prints of you both & our Tierra Ideas family, personally signed by me. T-Shirt and a Personal Social Media Thank You. Not Enough? Take home ANY (2) Tierra Ideas bags, with personal customizations! Transportation is not included.

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Funding period

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