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Recycling Airbags Into Urban Packs


What to do with old airbags? It’s a question the designers at Keen were asking themselves when they came up with the Harvest III, a new limited edition series of bags for 2012.

Keen "harvested" pre-consumer automobile airbags for its new Harvest III tote, backpack, and wallet. Here's a quick summary of the trail. A recycler in Salt Lake City, UT, sorted the bags and shipped them to Chico, CA to be dyed and laundered. The colored airbags were then cut and the pieces passed to Chico crafters to sew into Keen's new line.

Each bag is hand-numbered and signed with a sharpie by the crafter who built it on the inside label. Available Fall 2012, $120 for the backpack,

-Berne Broudy

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