About this project
Upcycling: a small change with a big impact
Fashion manufacturing can be highly inefficient and wasteful. We identified that with each production cycle in one factory, 4,000 lbs of waste is created. Usually this waste would be downgraded into a lesser product or thrown into a landfill. TRMTAB intervenes by turning the waste into beautiful, refined goods. TRMTAB has prototyped the upcycling process with Prachi Leathers, located in Kanpur, India.
Since the launch of our Kickstarter campaign, Prachi has decided to make their own small change: for every sleeve sold here, Prachi will donate $5 to a Girls Education Fund for the daughters of the factory craftspeople. With the TRMTABs sold on Kickstarter alone, we will be able to send 42 girls to school in India.
Limited edition collection
Our goods are limited editions because TRMTAB collections utilize leather offcuts generated from a factory’s production cycles. Each of our collections is original and one of a kind. The leather offcuts are trims that combine to create a unique blend of color shades, textures and grains giving each product within the collection its own personality.
Your TRMTAB comes with trims and a tab
The leather trims are stitched and woven into beautiful patterns from full-grain, buffalo calf hide. With age and use, the leather develops a distressed look and rich patina. Each sleeve is lined with 100% cotton canvas and has raw edges creating a simple aesthetic.
Your tech device fits snuggly into the sleeves that have a tab to easily pull out your phone, tablet, or laptop. The heat embossed TRMTAB logo marks the tab and with each pull, reveals that the product is made from upcycled leather.
The process of utilizing material waste from a factory and turning it into a beautiful product showcases a clever solution to a complex problem. The scraps come in different shapes and sizes, and are difficult to work with. But, clever craftsmanship has created an efficient process to transform the waste through original stitched and woven patterns.
Having created a successful upcycling model in a factory setting is powerful, because it can be adopted in the larger manufacturing system. With scale, suddenly, this small change has the potential to make a bigger impact. Upcycling in one factory equals 4,000 lbs of waste saved from a landfill. With two factories, we can double the impact. With four factories, we can transform over 16,000 lbs of waste. Your individual support can help TRMTAB collectively create a big impact.
About the founders
Mansi and Cassandra met in graduate school and realized that they had a mutual love for both cowboy boots and finding sustainable ways to make change. Mansi’s family started Prachi Leathers 20 years ago and she grew up with the factories. She has always had a vision to improve Prachi in many ways. Cassandra, an avid storyteller, encouraged Mansi to pursue this dream and wanted to help her tell this story.
The founders were inspired by their personal hero, systems theorist Buckminster Fuller. "Call me trimtab," he famously said referring to a tiny surface on the end of a ship rudder. With a little pressure, it can change the direction of the ship. An individual can be a trimtab by making small changes that lead to a big impact. Cassandra and Mansi decided to call the company TRMTAB as a reminder that we can all be trim tabs.
Most of our rewards on this campaign are from our first limited edition of TRMTAB leather goods. Please choose your rewards carefully, as they are categorized by the size of your tech device. If you choose a reward that offers a number of styles and sizes, we will be in touch with you for more information to make sure we send you exactly the style & size you desire.
Our products are available for the following tech devices: iPhone 4S,
iPhone 5, Amazon Kindle (Amazon Kindle 6” Dimensions: 6.5" x 4.5" x 0.34"), iPad Mini, iPad, 11” Macbook Air, 13” Macbook Air, 13” Macbook Retina, 13” Macbook Pro, 15” Macbook Retina, 15” Macbook Pro
Risks and challenges
We have worked with Prachi Leathers for over a year to prototype and create several versions of the TRMTAB samples. Since the product is upcycled, producing the TRMTAB sleeves is dependent on the factory's manufacturing cycle, and the amount of waste being generated. The leather offcuts used to make the TRMTABs will vary according to the hides being produced and utilized in the factory production cycles.
However, the prototyping process makes us confident that we will be able to deliver a great product to you on time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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