rewrap tree bagsPhoto by Christel Ooms via reWrap

The unique, biodegradable reWrap Tree Bag, which debuted at Dutch Design Week 2015 in Eindhoven, is made entirely from materials of trees. In addition to its fully sustainable design with all natural (and naturally waterproof) fibers, the bag is also ethically produced in a small workshop, which employs workers with disabilities and provides competitive wages.

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Committed to conscious design, the Dutch brand has been working on the Tree Bag for nearly two and a half years. As with all of reWrap’s products, the Tree Bag is also completely designed according to waste-free Cradle to Cradle (or C2C) design principles, and not a single non-natural or toxic material is used. All materials can be reused, all energy used is generated sustainably, and the working conditions are good. After a long and sustainable life, a reWrap product will decompose and return to nature, where it can serve again as raw material.

rewrap tree bagsPhoto by Reinout van den Bergh via reWrap

The sustainable production process includes pressing together coconut husks (no innocent coconuts are harmed for the production of the bag!) with a bit of natural resin for a strong, water resistant exterior and waterproofing the bag’s interior with a natural sun-dried rubber that is also biodegradable.

rewrap tree bagsPhoto by Reinout van den Bergh via reWrap

The inner pocket of the bag is made of sustainably grown, GOTS certified cotton. Even the handle and clasp are created with sustainably managed walnut wood with FSC certification and polished with beeswax for a beautiful, glossy finish and water resistant coating.

rewrap tree bagsPhoto by Reinout van den Bergh via reWrap

The final product is then sewn together with threads made of wood pulp, which is more sustainable than conventional threads, and the FSC certified cardboard packaging is lasered instead of printed in order to prevent ink usage. Each bag is crafted in their Amsterdam workshop, where reWrap also strives to help people with disabilities develop themselves.

Watch a short video on how coconut fibers, natural rubber, walnut wood and all the other materials come together to form the Tree Bag:

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Its minimalist design is also strong, water resistant, and lightweight, revealing that it is possible to combine a completely sustainable design with an elegant look. Because they’re made of natural materials, the bags are completely biodegradable, but only when you actually compost them. At the end of its lifetime, the bag can be composted and serve again as fertilizer for new trees.

rewrap tree bagsPhoto by Christel Ooms via reWrap

Its minimalist design is also strong, water resistant, and lightweight, revealing that it is possible to combine a completely sustainable design with an elegant look. Because they’re made of natural materials, the reWrap Tree Bags are completely biodegradable, but only when you actually compost them. At the end of its lifetime, the bag can be composted and serve again as fertilizer for new trees.

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As all of the materials grow from trees, which capture more CO2 from the atmosphere than is used in manufacturing and transportation, The company’s CO2 footprint is positive. A chic and professional bag that appeals to both men and women, and can be used to nourish the planet to complete its life cycle, is a bag we can get behind!

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