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Why ocean plastic? Garbage left or disposed on beaches and riverbanks ends up in the ocean eventually, adding up to the already huge plastic pollution in our seas. Once the plastic is in the ocean it is quite hard and expensive to recover it. Our approach is to collect the plastic waste before it can get into the oceans, recycle it and turn it into new bags. Thereby we protect the oceans and its marine life as well as us humans and our climate.
Learn here more how the protection of our oceans has a multitude of positive effects on our planet.
You can find more information about the models in the OCEAN collection and our innovative recycling supply chain here.
Fitz & Huxley is an alternative to ever faster product life cycles and disposable fashion or “fast fashion”. For us, sustainability is not a marketing buzzword, but a self-evident secondary condition of all our actions. Learn more here.
How does the OCEAN collection protect the oceans and our climate ?! Find out more here.
We ship plastic-free and our shipping boxes grow on the meadow. You read that right! We ship our products plastic-free in a box made from 40% regional grass and 60% recycled paper - this is currently the most sustainable packaging. Find out more here.
Most of our models come in several sizes, so you can choose the perfect size for you and your use case. Are you still not sure which size to choose? Then click here for our size guide.
Basically, the quality of the material in the manufacture of backpacks from recycled ocean bound plastic is a challenge. Due to environmental influences such as solar radiation or salty sea water, the material loses its quality, can become brittle and then only be recycled in a correspondingly inferior quality. This often occurs with stiff fabrics. Unlike other backpack brands, we use a flexible but abrasion-resistant fabric that has been developed for us, which does not break and is therefore very durable.
To stop littering the oceans has a multitude of positive effects on our planet. We protect marine life that for example gets caught in plastic waste or ingest plastic as supposed food, then cannot digest it and die on a “full stomach”. But we also protect ourselves - because we ingest microplastics from the oceans through the food chain.
Researchers also suspect that microplastics in the nutrient cycle of algae have negative effects on the climate. Because: Algae - more precisely phytoplankton - use sunlight, carbon dioxide (CO2) and water to produce organic material in the photosynthesis process. This is what they feed on. Researchers fear that microplastics as supposed food inhibits this process. That could have enormous effects on our climate, because what many do not know: The phytoplankton in the oceans use about as much carbon dioxide as the land plants on the continents. Hence, it plays an important role in regulating our climate.
Our recycling approach not only helps to keep the oceans clean and this marine ecosystem intact. Recycling also helps to reduce greenhouse gases overall and thus protect our climate. Because: one ton of recycled plastic saves 2 tons of crude oil and up to 1.6 tons of CO2, which would be used in the production of new plastic.
Our high quality standards in materials and craftsmanship ensure that our backpacks and bags have a long life ahead of them. This saves resources and the environment. "Don't buy more, buy better" has been our philosophy since inception.
We also save CO2 through our regional supply chain: all steps from plastic waste collection to recycling, yarn production, weaving to the final bag production take place regionally in India.
In addition, we promote an understanding of garbage as a valuable source of raw materials among the Indian population. The fact that we pay people to collect rubbish leads to a rethink which in turn counteracts the indifferent disposal of rubbish in the environment. Do you want to learn more? You can find all FAQ here.
To ensure that you and your Fitz & Huxley experience as many adventures as possible together, you can increase the longevity even further with a little care. You can find all the tips here.
Protecting the oceans means protecting the planet. Plastic or microplastics in our oceans have a variety of negative effects on marine animals and us humans. But especially on the marine ecosystem and thus global warming.
In our profit-oriented world, producing “new” is often cheaper than recycling or repairing. Companies often do not have to carry cost for adverse effects on our environment. We want to lead the way and show that cost-effective recycling is possible.
Our promise to you and our planet is certified and controlled. We are proud to be the world‘s first backpack brand with a fully certified supply chain, controlled by an independent organization.
The supply chain for recycled Ocean Bound Plastic we have set up with our partners is the first of its kind in India. There, the handicraft of bag making is still very traditional. We want to change that! Together with our partners, we are moving forward and initiating a development process in India.
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.
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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