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Meet Vandra Eco: Functionality and Style in one Eco Backpack

The Vandra Eco backpack takes you from work to play - and it does it with sustainability in mind.

Meet Vandra Eco: Functionality and Style in one Eco Backpack

The Vandra Eco backpack takes you from work to play - and it does it with sustainability in mind.

HK$ 38,152
pledged of HK$ 200,000pledged of HK$ 200,000 goal
43
backers
18days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Wed, December 4 2019 5:43 PM UTC +00:00.

About

The Vandra Eco takes our original Vandra backpack to another level. It has all the features our backers and customers have come to count on, including sports and office compartments, interchangeable accent straps, hidden zippers and pockets, theft-proof lock and wire, and expandable front – but now the main fabric of the bag is made from recycled fabric. This helps reduce the need to create new materials and contributes to the circular economy.  Our backers and customers have told us they want to be eco-friendly – and we listened! Pledge now to get your Vandra Eco!



How do I choose my Vandra Eco colors?

Your Vandra Eco comes with 3 different colored Vandra accent straps, which allows you to swap straps and personalize your Vandra Eco. To change your accent strap, simply unsnap the one you’re currently using and snap on another. It really is that simple! 

You can also pledge for the Value Pack MAX reward that includes 3 additional Vandra Eco accent straps (i.e. a total of 6 different color variations).


Our story

In 2017 we launched our first Vandra backpack on Kickstarter to great success. We shipped 2400+ backpacks to backers and customers in 20+ countries. Our backers and customers raved about the bag and gave us plenty of feedback. What we heard is that they loved the bag and would love it even more if it was eco-friendly. And so the Vandra Eco backpack was born – it keeps the most popular features of the original Vandra bag, with a more streamlined design. And because we strive to be as eco-friendly as possible, the main fabric of the bag is made from recycled fabric, which  supports the circular economy.  The Vandra Eco backpack is not only friendly to our planet but sturdier and sleeker than ever. 

Our production history

During our first campaign we started to collect customer feedback. We knew that information about our product from our customers and backers would be essential going forward in our mission to create the perfect backpack.

Right away we saw certain patterns emerging. The first was, to our delight, that our backers and customers were very happy with their Vandra backpacks. The feedback they gave us was positive across the board but we also noticed some issues. The first issue was one of quality. Several backpacks did not meet our quality control, or our standards, and had to be scrapped before delivery could occur.  Another issue was that our backers and customers did not use some of the advanced features of the first Vandra, such as the external USB port and convertible straps that turned the backpack into a sling bag. This is the result.

So when it was time to design the Vandra Eco we naturally removed the features that weren’t being used and kept the ones that our backers and customers liked, such as the wire & padlock, the separated sports and office compartments and the hidden zippers and pockets. Our customers also expressed that, even tho they liked the accent strap, they wished that they had the ability to change it out - or remove it all together, so naturally we started to test different ways to make it possible to design and change the Vandra accent straps.

Unfortunately, our partner factory gave up and could not find any solution - but we did not give up. We continued testing different ideas and eventually we were able to find a solution that was simple, good looking and functional. So now, instead of keeping stock of different types of Vandra with different accent straps, we created one Vandra that can be personalized simply by changing it. We even made it so that companies can brand their Vandra Eco by designing a strap that suits them.

Another issue we faced over the last year was to find the right production partner that could meet our design demands, but most importantly a partner that we can trust to take a holistic responsibility for employees, environment and quality. We worked with several factories and finally found a production partner that shares our vision and ambition to create innovative products that improves our lives. 

About Casten Design

Casten Design is Scandinavian, so we aim to be clever and thoughtful – and we love a minimal look. We created the Vandra backpack with a vision to make modern life easier while helping you keep your belongings safe and secure - while also making sure you could do it with style.

It took us nearly 18 months of research, design, and testing to create the first Vandra backpack, and we’ve worked for another 18 months to take it to the next level: The Vandra Eco. 

After all the hard work we’re ready to take the Vandra Eco backpack to a market that is more than ready for a stylish backpack that not only takes you from work to play safely and securely but that is also friendly to the environment. Check our pledge packages to find the one that suits you best and get onboard with Vandra Eco today. 

“When you go swimming or to the gym your gear gets damp and dirty. You won’t want to put them in the same compartment in your backpack as your laptop or paperwork. We designed Vandra with separate compartments for office and sports – and then carefully added plenty of other features to keep your things safe and secure,” Gustaf, Founder Casten Design.

Creativity

When we started development of the Vandra Eco we knew we wanted customers to be able to change the accent strap to suit their personal style, or even remove it completely. After a lot of hours of tinkering with the design we came up with a way for this to happen.  You can now switch the accent straps on your Vandra Eco with a couple of snaps, and by doing this create a unique statement on your own personal style. So, if you want to show your pride during the World Cup, at a company conference, or for your university - but later want to change to colors that match your outfit, it’s easily done. The straps are completely interchangeable. 

Sustainability

Casten Design sees sustainability from a number of different perspectives. First, we ensure we’re producing a high quality product down to the very last details. Equally important is that we care about our workers and our society. The result is that staff at our factory doesn’t just monitor quality, they also monitor the working environment and conditions for workers. 

We work closely with our manufacturer on each part of Vandra Eco to make it as sustainable as possible. Today we’re launching Vandra Eco, which uses recycled fabric as the main fabric, in line with our sustainability goals. Beyond that, we are working closely with our suppliers in order to have all parts that go into the Vandra Eco based on recycled material. 

Certification: 818945

Shipping

Free shipping worldwide! 

Once your Vandra Eco is ready for delivery you will receive an email with an estimated delivery time and a tracking number for you to track your parcel. 

Although we are Swedish, our company is based in Hong Kong and all Vandra Eco's are shipped from our Hong Kong office. This means that shipping is fast to USA and other Asian countries, but takes a little bit longer to Europe, primarily due to delays in customs where some countries charge additional fees. 

Your support means everything to us. Without you, there would have never been a Vandra to begin with, much less the updated Vandra Eco.

Following is a Q&A which features in-depth answers to some of the questions we know are on your mind. 

Risks and challenges

RISKS and MITIGATIONS

We have a lot of experience in the production of bags but there are always risks in any project. We need to ensure the quality of the recycled fabric, while also keeping a close eye on the quality and delivery of each component of Vandra Eco.

We also need to ensure smooth delivery, together with our logistic partners. For Casten Design, quality is key and we need to ensure that you can enjoy your Vandra Eco for years to come.

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