Tubes of Deen II

Store: Prolong

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2.449,00SEK

This backpack came to life because of donations I got from the local biker and musician Liam (Insta: https://www.instagram.com/drcreamylips/), who works at Edinburgh bike shop in Aberdeen. Lots of inner bike tubes collected from the local bike lovers of Aberdeen are having another crazy ride but as a backpack this time.

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About the shop: Prolong

Prolong stands for prolonging the life of unwanted garments and converting them into bags of higher quality with timeless and bold design.

                    

All the materials are locally sourced and made in Aberdeen, Scotland.



Imagine there is a second life for all of your possessions and it’s up to you if you will allow it to become a “second chapter” in somebody’s wardrobe rather than ending up at the landfill.

 Every day is a new challenge I learn that waste is good enough to bring things back to life in their full beauty.


WHAT I OFFER:

All the products are ONE - OFFs, meaning you will never see the same products made twice.

Prolong offers products with 100% transparency so you know exactly where each used garment/item comes from. All the materials are sourced locally from Scotland.

I try to design items that can be used in many ways to eliminate the clutter in your wardrobe.

- multi-functionality over seasonality

I believe in the value of unwanted clothing that normally ends up at the landfill.

I strongly stand for human and animal rights as there is great value in all

lives. Compassion is the main connection between each other to create a

great deal of the sustainable world.

I’m hoping to get more people on the board, so this business can grow into a fully sustainable vision that will be able to create new types of jobs and opportunities for people living in the country. 

I am very open to collaborating with other businesses to create the "loop" with circular economy applied in its core. Meaning, that I am able to design and deliver upcycled products so we can create more sustainable businesses & jobs around the world.

I believe there is a power in unity rather than seeing each other as a competition.

I am open to custom work for customers too.


If you have any requirements please do not hesitate and hit me up with an email at [email protected]

WHO STARTED PROLONG:

Prolong is created by Lucia Gasparidesova, originally from Slovakia but living in Aberdeen (Scotland) for over 11 years.

“I’ve started upcycling while I was working for a fashion retail shop. I was working on a collection of 3 outfits at a time and spending all my savings on brand new fabrics. I was getting paid a minimal wage and spending over £300.00 just on fabrics alone. I’ve started upcycling because it was an affordable option without realizing that it’s actually solving more problems that the fashion industry is responsible for like pollution of water from chemical dying, harmful CO2 emissions and damaging soil from chemical pesticides, exploitation... the list goes on.

 I started feeling a huge responsibility for every single item I made and was surprised that I've never been told about Fast Fashion at the College of Applied Arts, where I studied fashion design. Quite frankly, I do not even think that Fast Fashion was a thing in my teenage years. 

As I came across more sustainable messages of this process, I've realized that there is a much bigger importance of using this method than just the affordable option. Also, reusing what we have is definitely not just sustainable but also very original and offers something unique to every single person. "

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About the product

Serial numbers of the tubes reveal the origins of this backpack and a story waiting to be told.

These inner tubes were cut into little strips and applied to the front panel to create a 3D effect.

The backpack is upcycled out of:

– inner bike tubes (rubber)

– waterproof jacket in black colour

– reflective stripe from the safety vest top (for better visibility in the dark)

– the backside is quilted for better comfort. And you will not believe but it’s upcycled out of mattress material so that’s where the extra comfort comes from 🙂 There are also 2 layers of cotton material to make the backside extra sturdy

The main zip opening is 25cm long and the zip is fully waterproof. There is a black loop with a plastic attachment around the zipper for an easier and faster way of opening/closing the zip opening. These parts were also taken from an already existing jacket.

There is a front zip pocket. The zipper was recycled from already existing jacket.

The lining is upcycled out of polyester lining from a jacket that was upcycled for the outter shell ( black colour)

– shoulder straps are secured with an extra panel

– detachable shoulder straps allow you to wear this bag as a shoulder bag. The shoulder straps can be used in various ways as a belt for your garments or a strap to hang things on as needed.

SIZE OF THE BACKPACK: 
width= 31cm 
length= 43cm 
zip opening width= 26cm (MacBook Air fits in this bag)

SHOULDER STRAPS 
Width = 2.5cm 
shortest length= 53cm 
longest length= 90cm

MAX weight= 6kg

HAND WASH ONLY

This backpack is packed in a reusable bag and comes with a face mask as well.

TRANSPARENCY NOTE:

– The jacket and reflective vest top were purchased from the local charity shop in Aberdeen, Scotland.

– Mattress was donated by a friend Michal.

Buckles and webbing material are brand new (still looking for more sustainable options)

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