Recycled NylonStarting with our Spring 2022 collection, all of our ripstop nylon styles — including our namesake reusable bags — are made with 100% recycled material. Our heavyweight nylon styles are made with 59% recycled material. We use a recycled nylon filament yarn produced from pre-consumer waste, which means we’re saving scrap material from being landfilled, and in turn helping conserve petroleum resources and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.Why 59% recycled heavyweight nylon? See our note on percentages below.
Recycled CanvasAll of our canvas bags currently in production are made from 65% recycled cotton. The recycled cotton fibers come from pre-consumer waste — recovered during the creation of other cotton products, like t-shirts and socks — that would otherwise have gone to a landfill.Why 65% recycled? See our note on percentages below.
A Note on PercentagesWhy aren’t our recycled heavyweight nylon and recycled canvas 100% recycled material? Part of the answer is about affordability, and part is about durability.Affordability is the reason our heavyweight nylon is 59% recycled. We’ve custom-developed our recycled nylon fabrics, and cost goes up as the recycled percentage increases. Ultimately, our goal is to develop 100% recycled heavyweight nylon fabric — a goal we have successfully achieved for our ripstop nylon styles! — but for now these percentages are
the maximum we can incorporate without compromising affordability. As technology progresses and demand for recycled nylon increases, this percentage will grow.Durability is the reason our recycled canvas is 65% recycled. When cotton is recycled, the process breaks down its natural fibers, resulting in shorter “staple” fibers than would be found in virgin cotton. Spinning together recycled and virgin cotton fibers results in a more sustainable canvas fabric that still meets our high standards of strength and durability. Simply put, a 100% recycled canvas Duck Bag would cost more and wear out faster.
LeatherBAGGU made leather accessories for several years and we liked that it was a durable, natural material. However, as we grew in size and we spent more time researching the full environmental impact of our leather program it became clear that dropping it from our line was the right thing to do.As part of our Deadstock collection, a limited run of leather bags were made from leftover material of years past. We did not produce any new leather to make these bags, and used the existing material we already owned so it would not go to waste. These bags were a limited-edition, small-batch release and they won't be restocked.