"We handcraft discarded Tire Inner Tubes into Bags & Accessories: People win. The planet wins." Read more
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on December 6, 2013.
About this project
We transform discarded tire inner tubes into unique handcrafted backpacks, handbags, and electronic carrying accessories for men & women. We collect inner tubes from tire centers throughout the U.S. before they are disposed of in landfills.
With your pledges and donations via Kickstarter $15,000 will contribute to our production and manufacturing efforts here in the U.S.
Our Recycling Efforts
Our goal is to collect an additional 30 tons of inner tubes before they reach landfills by the end of 2013. These landfills are hazardous and are devastating to our environment. This is an incredible way to reuse non-biodegradable materials that would otherwise be disposed of in landfills, which causes the release of pollutants and toxic emissions into the environment.
Approximately 290 million tires & inner tubes are dumped in landfills each year.
To date, we have collected approximately 86 tons of tire inner tubes. Our first 2 1/2 years were spent searching for an eco-friendly, cleaning solution. Thereafter, we set out to acquire all we needed to know about creating durable, yet environmentally conscious, high-quality products.
Our 2013 Dads Baby Case, Backpack & Accessories Line
Where we are now...
- We have approximately 18 tons of inner tubes ready to be transformed into backpacks and accessories.
- We have perfected the manufacturing process in order to provide efficient distribution.
- We have sources, here in the U.S., for premium hardware and materials.
- We have already manufactured and sold bags & accessories
How The Inner Tubes are Processed...
Dirty inner tube, processed inner tube, & final product.
The inner tubes are collected and are then put through our 7-Step cleaning & cutting process:
3) Cutting down to size
5) Final cutting
6) Final cleaning
Ballistic Nylon military grade material, hardware, and interior lights are purchased from U.S. suppliers. Our bags and accessories are handcrafted in our studio in Richmond, VA.
Multi-purpose Skateboard Backpack that can also be used by motorcyclist, students and the outdoor adventurer. Its sleek design is perfect for the on the go executive. 20"H x 10-1/2" W x 5" D
Ready to hit the street in style!
Dads Baby Case does double duty for baby & dad. 1 large zipper pocket, 1 open pocket, 2 bottle holders and interior light with strain resistant denier military grade lining and adjustable shoulder strap. When dad is off duty the bag doubles as a great messenger bag, 17" x 11" x 5"
Dads set for a fun day at the park!
The wallet has inner tube on the exterior, leather on the interior, 4 card slots, and one main bill compartment.
This Utility Bag is great for any small personal items like your cell phone, keys and can be connected to your belt.
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.
Messenger Bag - Available in black leather trim, 17'' wide x 11'' high x 5'' deep.
Passport Case- handcrafted with truck inner tubes, leather with long strap that can be worn around your neck or easily fit in any carrying case. This case is also great for small items like phone cords, phone, keys and other small items, 6" wide x 5" high x .5" deep
With your help, we will expand and modernize this warehouse where all of our production and manufacturing will take place. In this effort, we are in collaboration with World-Renown fashion designer, Michael Taylor, who is the CEO of the Fashion Design Center, here in Richmond VA. Michael is a former professor at the Parson's School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York, as well as, Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond VA.
Risks and challenges
Necessary Recycling has weighed and exhausted all of the risks and challenges that may accompany this venture. We have worked diligently and tirelessly to reassure that our team is knowledgeable, trained, and equipped to handle any unforeseen incidents in terms of manufacturing, producing, and shipping your products within the specified amount of time.
Our products come with a lifetime, or 100,000 mile warranty.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
- (45 days)