It’s always good news when we find out a company is recycling something like plastic bottles into something new. Targus is doing just that—releasing its series of eco-friendly laptop bags called the Cypress Ecosmart Collection.
“Sustainability is complicated. There are a lot of companies making claims—but they can’t back it up. For us, it’s really important that we do it in the right way. By being GRS (Global Recycled Standard) Certified, we are able to trace the yarn fiber back to the recycling system it came from as well as the people who were making the yarn. So, we know the entire process of the material’s production and know that it is being made as sustainably as possible,” said Joanne Sessler, Vice President of Global Design and Innovation at Targus.
Plastic bottles from landfills are cleaned, flaked, re-polymerised and spun into fiber which is then woven into the fabric that is used for the bags. The fabric used to make everything from the bag lining to the body and trim, and the entire Cypress EcoSmart Collection encompasses 11 products.
Below are the products available from the collection:
Cypress EcoSmart 15.6” Slim Backpack
These slim and contemporary backpacks are made from 20 PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles each. It has 2 compartments and 1 stash pocket and is available in both Black (seen above) and Navy.
Retail Price: RM369
Cypress EcoSmart 15.6” Convertible Backpack
This backpack can also turn into a briefcase. It is made out of 24 PET bottles and is available in Black (seen above) and Grey.
Retail Price: RM399
Cypress EcoSmart 15.6” Hero Backpack
Compared to the Slim backpack, this one has one extra compartment (3 compartments and 1 stash pocket) as well as a workstation for smaller accessories. It is made out of 26 PET bottles and is available in Navy (seen above) and Grey.
Retail Price: RM419
14” Cypress EcoSmart Slipcase
Made out of 12 PET bottles, the slipcase has 1 main compartment and 1 large stash pocket. It also is only available in one colour—Grey.
Retail Price: RM239
Cypress EcoSmart Sleeves
Each of the laptop sleeves are made out of up to 5 PET bottles. They have two sizes—one that fits an 11-12″ laptop, and one that fits a 13-14″ laptop. Both sizes are available in Navy (seen above) and Grey.
Retail Price for 11-12” Sleeve: RM109
Retail Price for 13-14” Sleeve: RM125
Recycling bottles isn’t new to Targus, as they have turned bottles into bags since 2009. Their previous 15.6″ Checkpoint-Friendly Backpack which came from the Balance EcoSmart collection, was a Green Good Design 2018 Awards Honoree.