About this project
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Hamilton Perkins Collection is a certified B Corporation®, offering designer travel bags at an affordable price, while holding the highest standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Each bag is made out of 100% recycled plastic bottles and lined with vinyl from repurposed billboards. Each bag is different, each bag is unique.
TURNING PLASTIC BOTTLES INTO BAGS
Our bags are the perfect pick if you’re looking for the right blend of function and style.
1. Recycled Plastic Bottles - Hamilton Perkins Collection Earth bags are the world's first impactful and transparent bags: made out of 100% recycled plastic bottles.
2. Repurposed Billboards - The Hamilton Perkins Collection Earth bags are lined with repurposed billboard vinyl. Each bag's lining is different, each bag is unique.
3. Design, transparency, and impact - Hamilton Perkins Collection bags reduce waste levels, cut carbon emissions in the environment, and conserve water.
BUILDING A BETTER BAG
We had trouble finding a backpack that could meet our basic needs in a practical and socially responsible way. Most bags are one-dimensional and don’t give the traveler the option to choose the version of their bag that could make their life easier when traveling.
The Hamilton Perkins Collection Earth bag is an all-in-one bag that converts into a backpack or duffle bag. The Earth bag features a 3-way zippered compartment that allows easy access to laptops, books, and travel documents. The Earth bag affords the traveler convenience, allowing more time to make friends, and to look good while doing good.
With every bag sold starting at $95, Hamilton Perkins Collection and its customers reduce waste levels, cut carbon emissions, conserve water - and create jobs.
Design and function are two driving forces behind our product line. Our approach to design has been customer-centric from day one. We take pride in coming to the industry from the customer’s point of view first and taking it upon ourselves to be the change we were seeking. We prototype and ideate to find what works for the traveler and what doesn’t.
We get excited about making something that doesn’t exist and seeing it bring change and make a difference. It’s about people for us and when they trust us to design the bag that they carry we don’t take the opportunity lightly. Our level of care sets us apart in a market where there are so many options to choose from.
Hamilton Perkins Collection was born out of a simple necessity: the need for affordable designer bags that look good, perform well, and make a difference.
Similar to many travelers in the world we had trouble finding a socially conscious bag that met our basic needs in a practical and responsible way. We researched the industry and found that most options were average quality. The majority of the bag makers maintain low prices with high levels of secrecy around how they achieve it. Other bags are excellent quality and cost way too much for the price. What is available to the modern traveler looking to find purpose in every journey?
We founded Hamilton Perkins Collection to be an alternative for travelers on the go.
We broke down the traditional walls of the retail industry and invited customers to share their comments and thoughts with us. We interviewed 1,000 travelers to start new authentic relationships and they told us how we could best serve their needs when re-engineering a classic travel bag.
Most brands look at philanthropy and giving as an afterthought but we see it as an essential part of running a business today.
In collaboration with our workshops and suppliers, we committed to supporting fair wages and delivering value to less developed nations by sourcing raw materials that divert plastic bottles, save water, add revenue, create jobs in parts of the world that need it the most. We track our progress and submit to rigorous third party review to ensure accuracy and accountability.
Billions of plastic bottles are thrown away each year. The average person throws away as much as 180 pounds of plastic in 365 days. It takes 500-1,000 years for plastic to degrade. We address these issues by partnering with organizations like Thread, to turn trash into fashion with every bag we sell.
Who says style can't have purpose? From bottles to bags!
-Hamilton Perkins Collection
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Risks and challenges
We set a goal to crowd fund a bag that delivered value and made a positive impact on the world. We researched the manufacturing options and implications of our raw materials and found that the world’s backyard would be plentiful with all that we needed to promote our project and ultimately offer a fairly priced item.
We have consulted with experienced mentors, business coaches, and experts in the social innovation arena for advice. We feel confident to take action and make strides towards our vision of being a responsible social enterprise that delivers for our backers and stakeholders. We intend to keep you informed of our progress throughout this project.
We even became a Certified B Corporation in the process. We now join forces with a community of more than 1,700 companies in the world with one unifying goal of redefining success in business.
Keep up with our progress on Snapchat (Username: hamiltonperkins) for behind the scenes news and updates. Feel free to reach us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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