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Handcrafted luxury bags made in the USA from recycled truck inner tubes. Design with the Environment in Mind Read more

Richmond, VA Fashion
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Handcrafted luxury bags made in the USA from recycled truck inner tubes. Design with the Environment in Mind

Richmond, VA Fashion
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Hi Kickstarter,

Our Project

We handcraft bags & accessories made from recycling tractor tire inner tubes.  We collect the inner tubes from tires centers throughout the USA before they are disposed of in landfills. Next, the inner tubes are cleaned, cut & combined with premium leather & hardware to create an incredibly durable luxury bag.  Our large bags have an interior LED light, large zipper & cell phone pockets.

We created this project to launch our 2013 Men's Travel & Tech Collection.

2013 Men's Travel & Tech Collection
2013 Men's Travel & Tech Collection

    Where we are now...

  • We have approximately 18 tons of inner tubes ready to be transformed into bags & accessories.
  • We’ve perfected the manufacturing process in order to provide efficient distribution.
  • We have a U.S. source for premium leather and materials.
  • We've already manufactured and sold bags/accessories (checkout the Messenger Bag featured in Rolling Stone Magazine)

http://www.passchal.com/Images/Rolling-Stone-article-webready.jpg

Approximately 290 million tires & inner tubes are dumped in landfills each year.

To date we have collected approximately 76 tons of truck inner tubes. Our first two and half years were spent finding a cleaning solution for the inner tubes that would thoroughly clean them and that was also environmentally friendly. We then set out to learn everything about making a quality bag.

Dirty inner tube, processed inner tube & final product.
Dirty inner tube, processed inner tube & final product.

How The Inner Tubes are Processed...

The inner tubes are collected and go through our 7-Step cleaning & cutting process:
1) Collecting
2) Sorting
3) Cutting down to size
4) Pre-soaking
5) Final cutting
6) Final cleaning
7) Buffing
 Leather, lining fabric, hardware & interior light are purchased from US suppliers. Our bags and accessories are handcrafted in our studio in Richmond, VA.

Our Recycling Efforts
Our goal is to collect an additional 30 tons of inner tubes before they head off to the landfills by the end of 2012. These landfills are potential hazards that can be devastating to our environment.

http://www.epa.gov/osw/conserve/materials/tires/faq.htm

Your Help
With the help from people like you, $25,000 will enable us to produce our 2013 Men’s Travel & Tech Collection.  Your support will pay for production costs and shipping.

Our Rewards

Credit Card Holder & Men's Wallet - Credit Card Holder available in black or red patent leather trim. Men's Wallet available in black or brown leather trim.
Credit Card Holder & Men's Wallet - Credit Card Holder available in black or red patent leather trim. Men's Wallet available in black or brown leather trim.

The Credit Card Holder has patent leather on the exterior and  inner tube on the interior. The wallet had inner tube on the exterior and leather on the interior with 4 card slots and 1 main bill compartment.

Shaving Bag - Available in black or brown leather trim. 10'' wide x 5'' high x 6'' deep
Shaving Bag - Available in black or brown leather trim. 10'' wide x 5'' high x 6'' deep

The Shaving Bag has inner tube and leather on the exterior with a leather handle and leather tassel and the zipper slide.  There is water resistant lining and an LED light in the interior.

Toiletry Bag - available in different colors & designs of recycled Whole Foods store display banner. Black vegan leather binding with recycled inner tube and micro-suede stain resistant lining.
Toiletry Bag - available in different colors & designs of recycled Whole Foods store display banner. Black vegan leather binding with recycled inner tube and micro-suede stain resistant lining.

8" wide x 4" high x 3" deep

iPad Sleeve & iPhone Sleeve - Available in black, brown or red leather trim. Ipad sleeve is 10'' wide x 8.25'' high.  iPhone sleeve is 3.5'' wide x 5'' high
iPad Sleeve & iPhone Sleeve - Available in black, brown or red leather trim. Ipad sleeve is 10'' wide x 8.25'' high. iPhone sleeve is 3.5'' wide x 5'' high

The iPad Case & iPhone sleeve has inner tube and leather on the exterior with micro-suede lining.

Jumper Cable & Safely Bag - available in black vegan leather with stain resistant lining. Interior pockets for flashlight, flares, tool or safety items.
Jumper Cable & Safely Bag - available in black vegan leather with stain resistant lining. Interior pockets for flashlight, flares, tool or safety items.

The Leisure Tote - Available in different colors & designs of recycled Whole Foods store display banners, black vegan leather handles and trim. Textured stain resistance lining with large zipper pocket and double open media pockets.  16" wide x 11" high x 5" deep

Brief - available in black or brown vegan leather 17"wide x 11"high x 5"deep.
Brief - available in black or brown vegan leather 17"wide x 11"high x 5"deep.

The Brief has inner tube & vegan leather on the exterior, adjustable shoulder strap with shoulder pad & polished nickel hardware. Water resistant lining, large zip and double media pockets and an interior light. 

Messenger Bag - Available in black leather trim, 17'' wide x 11'' high x 5'' deep
Messenger Bag - Available in black leather trim, 17'' wide x 11'' high x 5'' deep

The Messenger Bag has inner tube and leather on the exterior, adjustable shoulder strap w/leather shoulder pad & polished nickel hardware. Water resistant lining, large zip and double media pockets and an interior light. 

Dad's Baby Bag - Available in black leather trim, 17'' wide x 11'' high x 5'' deep
Dad's Baby Bag - Available in black leather trim, 17'' wide x 11'' high x 5'' deep

The Dad's Baby Case has inner tube and leather on the exterior, adjustable shoulder strap w/leather shoulder pad & polished nickel hardware. Water resistant lining that's easy to clean, large zip and double media pockets, 2 bottle pockets and an interior light. Makes a great Messenger bag when baby out grows it.

Cymbal Case trimmed in black leather.
Cymbal Case trimmed in black leather.

The Cymbal Bag has inner tube and leather on the exterior, adjustable shoulder strap w/leather shoulder pad & polished nickel hardware. 

The Traveler - Available in brown or black leather trim, 22'' wide x 10'' high x 11'' deep
The Traveler - Available in brown or black leather trim, 22'' wide x 10'' high x 11'' deep

The Traveler has inner tube and leather on the exterior with 6 pockets.  The bag opens with a double zipper flap and has leather handles with an adjustable leather shoulder strap. The lining is heavy print canvas with 1 large pocket and a LED light and has 5 nickel feet.

Golf Bag with black leather and suede
Golf Bag with black leather and suede

Our 1 of kind Golf bag has inner tube and leather on the exterior, adjustable shoulder strap w/leather shoulder pad & polished nickel hardware. 

TEAM PASSCHAL- Ken, Rachel, Vanessa, Angela
TEAM PASSCHAL- Ken, Rachel, Vanessa, Angela

     
    

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    Pledge $1 or more
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    10 backers

    A major Thank You and you’ll be featured on our website as a supporter.

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    6 backers

    A VIDEO thank you e-card to save paper! I'll be cleaning inner tubes, so it will definitely be entertaining.

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    Pledge $15 or more
    About $15 USD

    20 backers

    Credit Card Holder – made out of recycled truck inner tube and leather($24 Retail).

    Free Shipping in US/Add $15 International Shipping

    Est. Delivery: Nov 2012

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    Pledge $25 or more
    About $25 USD

    4 backers

    Toiletry Bag - made from recycled trunk inner tube, recycled Whole Foods store display banner, stain resistant lining with interior light ($35 Retail) Free Shipping in US/$15 for International Shipping

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    Pledge $35 or more
    About $35 USD

    38 backers

    Wallet – made from recycled truck inner tube ($55 Retail).

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    Pledge $45 or more
    About $45 USD

    1 backer

    Jumper Cable & Safely Bag - made from recycled trunk inner tube, vegan leather, stain resistant lining with interior light ($59 Retail) Free Shipping in US/Add $25 for International Shipping

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    Pledge $55 or more
    About $55 USD

    20 backers

    Shaving Case – made from recycled truck inner tube, leather & interior light ($84 Retail)
    OR iPhone Sleeve – made from recycled truck inner tube & leather ($75 Retail).

    Free Shipping in US/Add $30 International Shipping

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    Pledge $75 or more
    About $75 USD

    1 backer

    iPad Sleeve– made from recycled truck inner tube, micro-suede lining & leather
    ($110 Retail)

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    Pledge $75 or more
    About $75 USD

    3 backers

    The Leisure Tote - made from recycled trunk inner tube, recycled Whole Foods store display banner, vegan leather, stain resistant lining with interior light system ($125) Free Shipping in US/Add $35 for International Shipping

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    Pledge $95 or more
    About $95 USD

    6 backers

    The Brief - made from recycled trunk inner tube, vegan leather, nylon lining, shoulder straps and interior light system ($150 Retail) Free Shipping in US/Add $45 for International Shipping

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    Pledge $125 or more
    About $125 USD

    2 backers

    iPad Sleeve– made from recycled truck inner tube, micro-suede lining & leather ($110 Retail) AND iPhone Sleeve – made from recycled truck inner tube & leather ($75 Retail)

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    Pledge $225 or more
    About $225 USD

    1 backer

    Messenger Bag – made from recycled truck inner tube, leather & interior light ($295 Retail).
    OR Dads Baby Bag- made from recycled truck inner tube, leather & interior light ($295 Retail).

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    Pledge $295 or more
    About $295 USD

    0 backers

    For the drummer: Cymbal Bag - made from recycled truck inner tube & leather and an iPhone Sleeve ($425 Retail)
    OR Messenger Bag & Shaving Case – made from recycled truck inner tube, leather & interior light ($365 Retail).

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    Pledge $350 or more
    About $350 USD

    7 backers

    Our sleek Traveler Bag - made from recycled truck inner tube, leather and interior light system ($425).

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    Pledge $500 or more
    About $500 USD

    0 backers

    Our sleek Traveler Bag - made from recycled truck inner tube, leather and interior light system ($425 Retail).
    AND iPad Sleeve – made from recycled truck inner tube, leather and micro-suede lining ($110)
    AND Men's Wallet – made from recycled truck inner tube & leather ($55 Retail).
    AND Business Card Holder- made from recycled truck inner tube and leather ($24 Retail).

    Free Shipping in US/Add $100 for International Shipping

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    Pledge $650 or more
    About $650 USD

    0 backers

    Our sleek Traveler Bag - made from recycled truck inner tube, leather and interior light system ($425 Retail).
    AND Messenger Bag –made from recycled truck inner tube, leather and interior light system ($295 Retail).
    AND iPad Sleeve –made from recycled truck inner tube, leather & micro-suede lining ($110 Retail)
    Free Shipping in US/Add $125 for International Shipping

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    Pledge $800 or more
    About $800 USD

    0 backers

    Our sleek Traveler Bag - made from recycled truck inner tube, leather and interior light system ($425 Retail).
    AND Messenger Bag- made from recycled truck inner tube, leather and interior light system ($295 Retail).
    AND Dads Baby Bag – made from recycled truck inner tube, leather and interior light system ($295 Retail)
    Free Shipping in US/Add $150 for International Shipping

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    Pledge $1,200 or more
    About $1,200 USD

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    Our one of a kind Golf Bag - made from recycled trunk inner tube, leather and micro-suede ($850 Retail).
    AND our sleek Traveler Bag- made from recycled truck inner tube, leather and interior light system ($425 Retail)
    AND Messenger Bag- made with recycled truck inner tube, leather and interior light system ($295 Retail)
    Free Shipping in US/Add $195 for International Shipping

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Funding period

- (35 days)