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Unique and versatile bags for all sports and occasions made from upcycled billboards and vinyl mesh in Colorado, USA
262 backers pledged $28,125 to help bring this project to life.

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 Welcome to Gili, which means 'Island' in Indonesian. A few years ago I was training for my divemaster certification on Bali, and it's here where the idea for this company was born.  Combining the concepts of sustainability and functionality to create 3 duffel bags for all sports, activities, and occasions.

 First, there was a void in scuba industry. All the gear bags I used for scuba equipment at every shop and on every boat were made out of a cheap black mesh. So I decided to find the most durable and colorful mesh I could. 

Then, I came across some young locals making souvenirs out of banners from surfing competitions. I really embraced the concept of upcycling and upon my return home I found more billboards and banners than I know what to do with. Upcycling turns things into other things, which is like MAGIC!

The problem: OVER 500,000 TONS of billboards are printed on and disposed of every year, adding a tremendous amount of waste and using massive amounts of energy! Even misprinted billboards are discarded, seemingly unsuitable for display or any other use… until now. 

Due to the eclectic nature of my occupations and hobbies, I’ve created three Bags for all occasions, each one carefully made with the concepts of sustainability and functionality in mind. Additionally, I’m extremely proud to boast that all materials are sourced in the US and each bag is hand-made right here in Colorado.

THE BILLBOARD BAG

26" x 14"
26" x 14"

 The BILLBOARD bag fully embodies the idea of upcycling. Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or for better environmental value. The BILLBOARD bag is an awesome all-season duffel! Each bag is one-of-a-kind, completely unique with it's own fun designs and colors, not to mention, made out of waterproof vinyl. They are lined with a blue pack cloth to increase strength and durability. The lighter colored interior also makes it easier to see inside and find whatever you're looking for.

THE WATERSPORT BAG

26" x 14"
26" x 14"

  Although it was designed and ideal for watersports, it's being used by athletes of all disciplines for it's strength. The "BEST gear bag ever" combines function and durability with fashion and color. It's pretty much indestructible and ideal for anything that can get wet or needs to air out: an advantage that any divers or river rats out there must appreciate knowing what offensive odors can result from the soggy airtight concealment of most bags on the market today. For true gear junkies there's and XL size version called the Watersport Pro that measures 34"x16".

THE SPORT BAG  

26" x 14"
26" x 14"

 Gili’s third and final bag is a combination of the WATERSPORT and the BILLBOARD bags. Style meets performance with the BILLBOARD SPORT Bag. The main body is constructed from the cool waterproof billboard material and each end is made out of the vinyl mesh allowing maximum ventilation to dry any damp contents. "Finally, a bag breathes!" Reinforced handles at each end allow someone to pick up the bag by just one side, and shake all the loose sand out the other as well.

ZIPPER POUCHES

3" x 4"
3" x 4"

Even excess material and scraps used from making the duffles will not go to waste. It will be used to make small and medium sized zipper pouches for the lower level rewards :)

5" x 9"
5" x 9"

It has taken over a year since the project began to create and perfect these bags. The designs are finalized, prototypes have been made, and now I need your help in bringing them to production. Your support through my Kickstarter campaign will help bring Gili bags to fruition by meeting the contract manufacturer’s minimums, preventing these perfectly good billboards from being wasted, and by allowing me to explore new design possibilities… I have a lot more fun ideas in the works!

If you believe in what I’m doing and want to help make a difference, please pledge. You can help bring this project to life and be one of the first people to get their hands on a Gili bag. The more funds raised by this campaign, the more billboards will be kept from reaching landfills.  

2% of profits from all upcycled products will be donated to the most effective, science-driven conservation organization in the world: The Nature Conservancy.

REWARDS

Just for watching, enjoy a FREE download of "Gili Vibes". This track was made specifically for this video by my cousin Jake.

$1 - Thank You! Good Green Karma and Gili friend for life. Support sustainability. This is a contribution is a pledge of encouragement and helps us keep going in our mission to… upcycle, reduce waste, and raise awareness towards a more sustainable future. You'll be kept up to date on this campaign's progress and privy to some special .

SMALL ZIPPER POUCH (3"X4") AND GILI STICKERS 

  GILI SHADES AND MEDIUM ZIPPER POUCH (5"X9")

BILLBOARD BAG

BILLBOARD SPORT BAG

WATERSPORT BAG

WATERSPORT PRO BAG

*EARLYBIRD SPECIAL* GOODIE BAG

MIX & MATCH 5 BAGS OF YOUR CHOICE

TEAM PLEDGE LEVEL

$750  - CUSTOM WOODBURNING ART

$1,000 - WOODBURING ART

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ADVENTURE PLEDGE LEVELS

This is a bit of an experiment, but if you REALLY like the idea, check out some of these fun rewards that have never been offered before! I get to share my passion and love for the outdoors with you: taking you PARAGLIDING, WHITEWATER RAFTING, SKIING, and SCUBA DIVING.  

"For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return." -Leonardo Da Vinci
"For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return." -Leonardo Da Vinci
"The rivers flow not past us but through us." -John Muir
"The rivers flow not past us but through us." -John Muir
"Skiing is the best way in the world to waste time." -Glen Plake
"Skiing is the best way in the world to waste time." -Glen Plake
"The sea, once it casts it's spell, holds one in it's net of wonder forever." -Jaques Cousteau
"The sea, once it casts it's spell, holds one in it's net of wonder forever." -Jaques Cousteau

By making a pledge to help my dreams for Gili become a reality you will not only become a part of the creation of these bags, you will be sharing in my passion for outdoor adventures, and most importantly actively participating in reducing waste and protecting the environment, our home and playground.

THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!

Special thanks to everyone who helped bring this project to life!

On a final note, don't only try to thInk outside the box, but what else can you do with the box.

Risks and challenges

Color consistency is the biggest concern. I have no control over the colors and designs on the billboards or mesh. The only color that will constantly be in stock is solid black. Please indicate your top 3 choices for a preferred color. This is also a huge advantage! No two bags are alike.. each one is unique and special.

If there is a HUGE demand, there might be some small delays just simply due to volume. I will do everything in my power to ensure that the products are delivered in a timely manner.

I am committed to being transparent in the event of unforeseen obstacles, and I will provide regular status updates on progress.

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    SMALL ZIPPER POUCH 3" x 4"
    Upcycled billboard vinyl

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    SMALL ZIPPER POUCH 3" x 4"
    Upcycled billboard vinyl

    GILI STICKERS

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    MEDIUM ZIPPER POUCH 5" x 9"
    Upcycled billboard vinyl

    GILI SHADES

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    •BILLBOARD• BAG
    made from upcycled billboard vinyl
    26" x 14"

    Color and prints vary

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    •WATERSPORT• BAG
    multi-colored vinyl mesh
    (yellow - as seen in the video)
    26" x 14"

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    •SPORT• BAG

    Upcycled Billboard body
    Vinyl mesh ends

    26" x 14"

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    Watersport Pro Bag

    multi-colored vinyl mesh

    34" x 16"

    $10 OFF Retail

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    *EARLY BIRD* GOODIE BAG
    UPCYCLED BILLBOARD BAG
    GILI SHADES
    GILI T ;)
    GILI HAT
    GILI KOOZIE

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    5 BAGS of your choice

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    10 BILLBOARD BAGS with custom screen printed logo

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    Custom Woodburning

    I will woodburn a custom piece for you.

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    Woodburning Art 30" x 22"

    This is my rendition on poplar wood of one of my favorite artworks: "The Great Wave" by Katsushika Hokusai.

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    PARAGLIDING for 2 people. We will launch off Bellyache Ridge, and soar through the sky over the Rocky Mountains for an unforgettable experience. Including 3 NIGHTS accommodation in VAIL, CO.

    2 GOODIE BAGS (two of everything)

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    WHITEWATER RAFTING fro 4 people. Adventure on the Colorado River. Includes 3 NIGHTS accommodation in VAIL, CO

    4 GOODIE BAGS (four of everything)

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    SKIING Lesson/Tour in ASPEN, CO.
    Including lift tickets, equipment rentals, and 3 nights accommodation for 2 people.

    2 GOODIE BAGS (two of everything)

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    SCUBA DIVING in beautiful COZUMEL, MEXICO.
    I am a PADI certified instructor and will take to some of my favorite dive sites on one of the most beautiful reefs in the world. INCLUDES OPEN WATER certification, Flights, and 1 WEEK All-inclusive accommodation for 2 people.

    2 GOODIE BAGS (two of everything)

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