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A range of bags made entirely from rubbish, breaking the disposable cycle. An initiative of the Greenhouse Community.
A range of bags made entirely from rubbish, breaking the disposable cycle. An initiative of the Greenhouse Community.
112 backers pledged NZ$ 6,882 to help bring this project to life.
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 We have gone to the drawing board to design a bag made entirely from Rubbish.

They are light, durable, and each bag is wonderfully unique.

There is no sewing at all, so they cannot come apart at the seams, as there are none. They are held together by the up-cycled safety belt that also double as the shoulder strap.

 These bags are designed, manufactured, and assembled by hand in Levin, New Zealand. 

Breaking the pattern

Our aim is to design meaningful creations from waste materials.

We believe that the best way to counter the impact of consumer culture is to design creations using waste materials as our base resource. We transform that resource into durable items that meet a real need using minimalist design.

We create products that have meaning, with stories that become deeper with every journey you take them on. 

Refreshed is an initiative of the Greenhouse Community, some of whom are pictured below. We are an inclusive group of people who care about strengthening Levin and creating a space of belonging. Refreshed is an initiative that grew from a desire to be better Kaitiaki of our environment and provide employment at a living wage to those who struggle to get employment otherwise. 

The Greenhouse Community, Levin
The Greenhouse Community, Levin

 Made From Rubbish

It's at the core of what we do here to create from waste materials. The billboard skins are sourced from advertising companies. The Seat belts come from a range of car upholsterers and Scrap yards who cannot sell them on by law. The leather straps come from old suitcases and handbags that are no longer fit for purpose.

We give them a new life as a durable bag that will keep them away from the landfill for a little longer and bring some fresh swagger to your everyday carry. 

No Stitching on the bag = no stitching coming undone

The Rubbish Bags are held together with a single seat-belt strap that holds the bag in shape. We have also gone to significant lengths to develop the bags so that there is no stitching anywhere else. 

The result is that the Bags will be able to endure for a much longer time. A bag that will last with you along your journey with no stitching to come undone along the way.

Unique

Each bag is made from a different part of a billboard and has its own unique flavour that comes with it in different colours and textures.

After our campaign has finished we will contact everyone who has pledged with a range of colors that you can choose from.

Durable

These bags are super durable! Not only is there no stitching to come undone, but the very materials that the bag is made of is designed to last for long periods of time out in the weather. No matter how hard you treat your gear, these bags will last the distance.

Designed to handle the  hard mahi.
Designed to handle the hard mahi.

Water-resistant

The billboard skins that we use to make the bags are waterproof. Testing has shown us that water does not get through even in heavy rain, though if fully immersed, water does seep in. 

This makes the bags particularly good in windy/rainy areas with particular value to the laptop bag.

Fully adjustable strap

Some like it long, The straps are fully adjustable. You won't have the problem of not being able to wear it the way you want, or only being able to adjust it so far. 

To meet different needs we designed three different sizes of bags, ranging from a small essentials bag, up to a bag that can easily carry a 14-inch laptop. They are all sixty mm thick so they are not too bulky, and the billboard skin material is very resilient while still being thin and light.

 resilient enough that it can take any damage and water just runs off it. 

Essentials bag

As the name suggests, this bag is big enough to fit essentials; phone, keys, a paperback etc. It's light, unique, and durable enough to stay in one piece as long as you do. 

  • Height:220 mm
  • width:  190 mm
  • Thick:   60 mm
Essentials Bag
Essentials Bag

Shoulder bag

Good for a day out, it fits an A4 sketchbook without the bulk. Not too big, not too small, perfect for your everyday mahi!

  • Height 320 mm
  • width 245 mm
  • Thick: 60 mm
Shoulder Bag
Shoulder Bag

Laptop bag

The everything bag, it holds a 14-inch laptop with plenty of extra room for all your hopes and dreams.

  • Height 360 mm 
  • width: 250 mm
  • Thick:  60 mm
Laptop bag
Laptop bag

We started designing this concept over a year ago. There have been many, many iterations of the bag since it then. 

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Inside the Essentials bag
Inside the Essentials bag
Optional wooden Secure pin
the pin is connected to the side with a cord discarded from a rubbish factory
Made from one single piece, no flaps in the bottom to lose bag shrapnel such as pens or keys under.
Made from one single piece, no flaps in the bottom to lose bag shrapnel such as pens or keys under.
All three sizes
All three sizes

Risks and challenges

There is always the potential for unforeseen challenges, but we have done everything we can to meticulously plan every stage of design, manufacture and delivery.

There is the possibility that if we overshoot our goal by a multiple of ten it will be difficult to source enough rubbish, would that be a great problem!

After the Kickstarter campaign ends, if we have reached our goal we will reach out to everybody who has pledged to find out either what colours they do want, or what they don't want as well as prefered bag size if that was not specified in the pledge.

If anybody does have any questions, I am more than happy to discuss them.

Cheers
David Brewerton

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    Pledge NZ$ 35 or more About $23

    Rubbish Bag, any size

    Retail price - $45
    Get 10$ off our regular price.
    Make your choice from the three different styles of our bags.

    We'll ask for your shipping address, bag colour, and choice of bag size at the end of the campaign.

    Includes:
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    Pledge NZ$ 25 or more About $16

    24hr Early bird Bag

    Retail price - $45
    Get 44% off our regular price. Available only for the earliest of birds.
    Make your choice from the three different styles of our bags.

    We'll ask for your shipping address, bag colour, and choice of bag size at the end of the campaign.

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    Pledge NZ$ 30 or more About $20

    24hr Early bird Bag (with inscription)

    Retail price - $45
    Get 44% off our regular price. Available only for the earliest of birds.
    Make your choice from the three different styles of our bags.

    - The inscription will be laser engraved on the upcycled leather label and can be two lines up to 23 characters on each line.

    We'll ask for your shipping address and choice of bag size and inscription details at the end of the campaign.

    Includes:
    • One bag - any size
    • Inscription - engraved in the leather strap
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    Pledge NZ$ 40 or more About $26

    Rubbish bag - Priority Delivery

    Retail price - $45
    You will be a part of the first run of bags to be delivered, a whole one month earlier than everybody else.
    Make your choice from the three different styles of our bags.

    We'll ask for your shipping address, bag colour, and choice of bag size at the end of the campaign.

    Includes:
    • One bag - any size
    • Priority Delivery
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    Pledge NZ$ 40 or more About $26

    Rubbish bag, any size with securing pin

    One bag of any size with the added wooden securing pin.
    Make your choice from the three different styles of our bags.
    We'll ask for your shipping address, bag colour, and choice of bag size at the end of the campaign.

    Includes:
    • One bag - any size
    • Wooden Securing pin
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    Reward no longer available 20 backers
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    Pledge NZ$ 65 or more About $42

    Rubbish bag X2 - Two bags any size!

    Get two rubbish bags of any size.

    Retail price - $45 each. Make your choice from the three different styles of our bags.
    We'll ask for your shipping address, bag colour, and choice of bag size at the end of the campaign.

    Includes:
    • Two bags - any size
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    Reward no longer available 20 backers
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Funding period

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