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♻️🌊 Backpacks Made of Recycled Ocean Bound Plastics

🌍 World’s first backpack protecting the oceans, certified and controlled by an independent organisation

Everything at a glance

✔️ This collection made of recovered ocean bound plastic is a novelty, designed with planet and people in mind.

 

✔️ While there are already other brands using recycled plastic waste we are world's first bag brand with a fully certified and transparent supply chain for recycled ocean bound plastic.

 

✔️ Together we can achieve our goal of recovering 100 tons of Ocean Bound Plastic by 2025 (a backpack protects the oceans from Ø 2.5 kg of plastic waste).

 

✔️ Join us on our mission to protect the oceans, stop climate change and work towards a better use of resources in a circular economy.

 

 

Good style, modern city life, ecological sustainability and social cohesion do not have to be contradictions: we combine sustainable materials and minimalist design with functionality for every day.

 

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Here is an overview over the features of our OCEAN backpacks:

High quality made to last

The robust outer material can take a lot and will not let you down. Dirt can be easily wiped off and the structure of the fabric makes your backpack resistant to scratches.

Dry and safe on the go
- in any weather

Waterproof zippers and a water-repellent coating make your backpack rainproof. In this way, the contents of your backpack always arrive dry and safe at their destination.

Transport your laptop safely
- also without your backpack

With the removable, padded laptop sleeve, your notebook is always packed dry and shockproof. This fits 16'' laptops or smaller. There is space for pens or a jotter in the front pocket of the notebook sleeve.

Keep your stuff secure
but easily accessible

Keep your belongings secure and accessible in the frontpocket as well as in the secret pocket on the backside of the backpack.

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Be ready to travel

Attach your backpack to your trolley with the suitcase-strap on it's backside and be ready to travel. (Only OCEAN roll-top)

Drink drank drunk

Always find your drinking bottle easily accessible in the outer side pocket of your backpack. (Only OCEAN roll-top)

Extend your possibilities

Expand your storage space as required from up to 25 to up to 30 liters using the roll mechanism. Thanks to this flexibility, your backpack has the size of carry-on luggage for most airlines.

Chic on the outside
organised on the inside

Three spacious inside pockets with zippers and the outside pocket on the laptop sleeve stow all your little things safely and well organised.

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We need to act now!

 

8 million tonnes of plastic enter our oceans every year. This plastic affects us all: its in our water, our animals and in us. Something has to be done! Prevention and cleaning is the key to it as well as building up supply chains that allows to recycle plastic in an economical as well as sustainable manner and values plastic trash as the valuable source of resources as it is.

From Trash to Treasure

 

Inspired by other frontrunners in this field and since we have seen the plastic problem ourselves in India (where we are manufacturing all our bags) we asked ourselves: what can we do in order to stop the plastic pollution of our oceans and build up a supply-chain that is based on a recycling-approach? And how do we do it in India, where this supply chain for ocean plastic materials, which can be used to make backpacks, has not yet existed? After more than 18 months of intensive work and exchange with many players in India we had a clue how to make this work… we just had to connect the dots.

 

It all starts with collecting and catching plastic on coasts and rivers where this waste is bound to end up in the oceans. For this essential element in our supply chain, we have teamed up with the NGO Plastics for Change, which has been fighting against plastic pollution in India for many years (see box below to learn more about PFC). This plastic waste is sorted, cleaned and finally shredded into flakes before new yarn and then a robust, durable fabric is woven from it, which we use to make our bags. This recycling process not only helps keeping the oceans clean. It also helps reducing greenhouse gases and protecting our climate. Because: because one ton of recycled plastic saves 2 tons of crude oil and up to 1.6 tons CO2, which would be incurred by the production of new plastic. Ensuring highest quality standards of materials and making means producing a bag made to last, thereby saving resources and protecting the environment. "Don't buy more, buy better" has been our philosophy since our establishment.

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Verifiable effect for the planet

There is a lot of marketing-buzz out there and claims can be misleading. Furthermore, material suppliers need strict guidelines in order to reduce leeways as much as possible. Hence, the NGO Zero Plastic Oceans has created a certification standard that defines what “ocean plastic” or "ocean bound plastic" is and under what conditions its recycling has positive effects on our oceans. Additionally, Zero Plastic Oceans defined control standards (such as traceability of the origin of plastic waste) along the entire supply chain. To ensure that every part of the supply chain adheres to its obligation to the OBP standard, the entire value chain, from the first piece of plastic waste to the dispatch of the product to our customers, is audited. This is where Control Union comes into play, taking on this task as an independent, neutral organization.

 

We are very proud to be world's first bag company with a fully certified and transparent supply chain for recycled ocean bound plastic.

 

In summary: We have not only set ourselves the goal of making backpacks from recycled plastic and thus protecting the oceans. We also want our customers to be sure that we and our partners are generating the promised impact at every step of the supply chain. Therefore, we have built world's first fully certified Ocean Bound Plastic supply chain for bags and backpacks, in which every step of the supply chain is certified and controlled by an independent organization. Trust is good, but control is better.

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Together we can save tons of plastic from the oceans

About Fitz & Huxley

 

We not only want to produce beautiful, high-quality and functional backpacks, but also act in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. Therefore our production is SEDEX and SA8000 certified. These renowned standards ensure good working and social conditions in our supply chain and the processes involved, controlled by an independent body. The responsible management for the protection of the environment ensures the certification according to ISO 14001. We achieve high quality and few rejects through certification according to ISO 9001. You can find out more about our production here.

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Shipping

 

In the EU and to Switzerland we deliver your favourite free of shipping costs. Shipping is done with DHL and is due to DHL GoGreen climate-neutral. We also send plastic-free, of course, and our shipping boxes grow on the meadow! You read that right! We ship our products in a box made from 40% regional grass and 60% recycled paper - this is currently the most sustainable packaging. You can learn more about it here. When your parcel is dispatched, we will send you a tracking code with which you can track the delivery. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us at service@fitzandhuxley.com When shipping to the USA and UK, we have to charge 6.50 EUR shipping. Due to the distance and since Brexit, the shipping costs are unfortunately very high - we hope for your understanding.

Our story

 

„Hey friends, I am Lars the founder behind the Berlin backpack label Fitz & Huxley. The idea for Fitz & Huxley came up in 2012 when I was looking for a stylish non-sports backpack and couldn't find anything nice but suitable for everyday use. As long as I looked, there was nothing without synthetic materials - i.e. plastic - which came along with enough storage space for my university or sports equipment and then also convinced me visually. Two more years passed; At the time, I wasn't that happy in my job, which somehow seemed pointless to me. I kept discussing my idea and my different designs with friends. Sure, that was a new, different kind of backpack - but should that be enough to start your own company?

 

I made contacts in India through friends and after a long search I found a production partner who shared my ideas about beautiful, high-quality, natural materials and was able to meet my high demands on environmental and social standards. The first prototypes were made and I became more confident and confident about my project. I gathered my courage and my savings and ordered 400 backpacks. I fevered for three months every day and then flew to India myself to inspect the first production batch. Unfortunately, to my big disappointment, the first backpacks produced didn't look nearly as great as the prototype and I didn't know exactly why. I was devastated. Over the next few days I checked every single backpack and analyzed the problem: if the seams, rivets and leather on my very first backpack in Berlin were perfect, the leather here had scratches during the production process, rivets were partially damaged and the reinforcement of the backpack was not straight sewn so that some rucksacks didn't look bright and beautiful but sad and kinked. So the sum of the details made all the difference. I rescheduled my flight and stayed in India for three more weeks to repair or replace the backpacks with the production team.

 

That was in 2016. Since then, I haven't gotten tired of demanding the highest standards over and over again and thus demonstrating what a Fitz & Huxley can do from an ordinary backpack - that is, an object that you carry on your back to move things from A to B - differs.

 

I am very happy if you like our backpack designs and if you share our love for minimalist design and natural materials.

 

Best wishes from Berlin,

 

Your sincerely Lars“

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