Another paper bag?
A very simple bag with a not so simple material. Made entirely from plain Tyvek, the whole bag is sewn together to guarantee maximum resistance. Its neutrality and robustness makes it an ideal and discrete companion for everyday use.
What is Tyvek?
Tyvek is a complex snythetic material that is extremely robust as well as tear and water proof. It is commonly used for transportation, garment and has various applications in the building industry. You may even have seen it in your mailbox before!
As a designer I seek to expand my practice by using processes and materials to discover new outcomes and possibilities. The versatility of Tyvek has enabled me to make a bag that is an alternative solution to everyday existing bags. It was my objective to make it as much a fashion accessory as a grocery bag.
From envelope to bag
It is sent to you as an envelope that unfolds into a bag in 2 steps. First: remove all the sticky elements (address and tape). Second: unfold the envelope flat and that's it! Its folded format makes it convenient for storage and as a backup bag.
Several prototypes have been tested and sent via mail to guarantee their safe arrival. Do not worry if your postman was unfriendly with your package, the surface of this material is easy to clean.
The volume of the bag is practical and permits you to carry an endless number of things. As a bag it measures: 48 cm wide x 31 cm height x 18 cm deep. As an envelope it measures: 31cm x 18 cm x 0,5 cm height, which respects the standard format and is therefore perfectly suitable for most mailboxes. It has a recommended weight capacity of 10 kg.
Details : There are fold lines so that the bag can be rolled and closed, similar to cycling bags. It is the folded material that creates a sealed volume for your belongings. The handles have been doubled to strengthen the bag.
The material resists to water but be careful with sharp objects.
These prototypes come straight from the factory to my studio and will be folded by my own hands to be transformed into an envelope, ready for delivery. All bags are made from original white Tyvek and sewn. It is possible to write on Tyvek, so feel free to customise your bag. As you use it, your bag will have more and more folds and creases.
Since the bag is the envelope and is designed using Tyvek, it requires no other shipping material. A symbolic trace of the stamp will remain but only on the bottom of your bag.
Milestones and dates:
The design of the bag is complete and has been tested. Prototypes have been validated and project is now ready for manufacturing.
- June - Launch of campaign
- July - End of campaign and process orders
- August - Production and folding at studio
- September - Delivery of envelopes
For this Quickstarter campaign, I am using the "TAPE ✂ STICKERS" from the very first Quickstarter campaign by Oscar Lhermitte. With his generous support and for those that missed this successful campaign, a piece of tape will be used for the delivery of the Envelope bag. Double the fun!
Thank you to Audrey, Alberto, Oscar and my family for their support!
Risks and challenges
This is my first quickstarter campaign but my second kickstarter campaign. Thanks to our first campaign "Folding sled" by maarno, I have had the experience and success of building a crowdfunding campaign. Although the requirements for a quickstarter campaign are very different, including its risks, I am excited to see how the campaign of envelope bag will evolve and hopefully succeed.
I am a product designer based in Geneva, teaching and working as freelance for various brands and private clients.
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