Sustainability is an integral part of our DNA, and we constantly try to push the boundaries for how far we can go. We focus on materials that are natural, biodegradable, and/or recycled, and ensure that our manufacturing is carried out with minimal environmental impact.
We stay away from plastic where possible in our products (only our wheels are made of plastic to retain world-class durability), and all of our packaging is plastic-free.
We use hemp and flax instead of polyester and cotton, which cause 5x more environmental footprint.
The only genuinely sustainable choice is to make products that last. Our bags will last for years and can endure even the toughest trip to the airport. We promise to continue making the most sustainable choices and take part in bettering our planet's future.
Openness and transparency is something we advocate across all aspects of our business. We actively work with our suppliers on clear sustainability guidelines. This includes our Code of Conduct and our Restricted Substance List based on the EU regulation REACH.
In our view sustainability is a natural extension of the Nordic design tradition of minimalism, functionality, and quality. We have chosen to work with world-class designers sharing our beliefs when it comes to design and sustainability. Together we create timeless design classics made from natural and sustainable materials.
Research for us is critical and we pride ourselves on continually evolving in the realm of new materials. We look to nature for inspiration and push the boundaries for what is possible. Together with a range of product engineers, we work tirelessly to identify new sustainable materials. The shell for our suitcases is just one of the results of this process.
Being part of PROJECTKIN means more than just owning travel products. You are welcomed in person and given access to a growing community of travelers who can share their values and experiences with living sustainably.
We carefully select the materials that go into all of our products to ensure the highest quality and make our products as sustainable as possible. In the selection process we pay special attention to water consumption, recycling, CO2 footprint, biodegradability, use of chemicals, and land use.
HEMP is one of the fastest growing plants and was one of the first to be spun into fibre. It consumes 80% less water per kilograms of fibre, requires 50% less land to grow, and proves 4x more durable as compared to cotton. Hemp is fully biodegradable, requires no pesticides and herbicides to grow, and can be grown for 10+ years without soil depletion for yield reduction.
FLAX—also known as linseed—is a member of the Linaceae family. There are many advantages of using flax: compared to cotton, it requires a lot less water to grow and can yield more than 2x the material per acre. Flax is one of the most biodegradable fibres used in the fashion industry and uses very little pesticides and herbicides to grow. It is known to be one of the world’s strongest natural fibres, and every part of the flax plant is traditionally used, creating no waste.
BIOPLASTICS are made from renewable biomass—in our case, corn starch. This means that it is grown on a field compared to traditional plastics that are derived from crude oil. We use PLA, which has a considerably lower carbon footprint than other plastics. It is biodegradable under the right circumstances (don’t worry it will not fall apart when it rains). Finally, PLA is highly efficient to make, using only 1.6 kg of raw material to make 1 kg of finished material.
VEGETABLE-TANNED LEATHER is made using organic material and natural tannins derived from barks, leaves, and branches of trees and plants. This is a much more environmentally friendly process than traditional tanning using chrome. Our supplier is part of the Leather Working Group which focuses on environmentally-friendly leather production.
ALUMINUM is a light metal that makes up ~8% of the Earth’s crust in terms of mass. Recycling aluminium only requires 5% of the energy needed to produce the virgin material. We use a combination of recycled and virgin material.
For more questions about our sustainability policy and materials, please contact us