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Kintobe was founded in 2019 with the vision of creating a brand that sheds light on the growing polarisation in the world, and the wish to support the need for meeting people.
As the founders explain:
“In our private lives, we'd come to know a lot of people over time, but most of them were like us. Same education, same income, same political views. That sounds not only boring but also really scary. If we all group with people, who hold similar views as ourselves, who will challenge our perspectives? Who’ll call the bullshit?”
They concluded that they had to combat this tendency and needed to support everyone who would be on the go.
And it’s here the bags are essential. You need them with you on your quest to explore new cultures and to meet new people in a convenient and easy way.
Kintobe is a conversation about what kind of a world you want to pass on to the next generation. They know what they want – a kinder and more accepting world. A world with less fear and hate. More openness and human connection. These are the values of Kintobe together with a clear goal to be environmentally and socially sustainable in all aspects of their business.
Kintobe is an ambassador for a kinder more accepting world and with their sustainable designer bags, they cultivate the obligation to make products that are kind to nature.
The main material in all Kintobe bags is 100% recycled polyester that is made from recycled plastic bottles.
For example, the production of:
The bottles are collected from the ocean or landfills. Then, they are cleaned, cut into small pieces, melted, and spun into a thread that is woven into a durable polyester. Both the outer and inner material of the backpack, belt bag and messenger bag is made from 600D ultra durable, water repellent polyester.
Kintobe emphasizes an uncompromising and diligent attitude to sustainabilty above all else.
Kintobe only works with factories that live up to their high ethical standards for fair working conditions and labour rights as well as the production of the sustainable materials that are used in the products are carried out by suppliers that are certified by the Global Recycle Standard.
Kintobe is a brand that leads with the heart! Their bags enable us to go out with confidence, engage with others, and discover new things. What’s more, they openly and transparently showcase their progress, challenges and learnings in their Sustainability Performance Report, in order to inspire meaningful change in the industry. You can follow along and check how has your favourite bag improved over time into a more eco-friendly daily companion!
This indicates that the brand has taken an active stand in relation to labour relations between workers and employers.
This indicates that the brand has actively sought out Fair Working Conditions for the producers of its product(s).
The Design Phase is a crucial part of determining a product’s sustainable capabilities. We’ve chosen to highlight a few genius steps that enable a sustainable product right from the beginning.
The materials used for a certain product and how these materials come to life are of crucial importance to the sustainable capabilities we seek in products.
This step relates to the transportation of the raw materials from when they are first obtained (harvested etc.) to the production site. Obviously, the closer to the production site, the better.
Obviously, the production of a certain product has an impact on the overall level of sustainability. Luckily, many manufacturers have now taken steps towards more sustainable production methods.
How a brand chooses to package its products will have a significant influence of the carbon impact from packaging and transportation.
This step relates to the distribution of products when they have been produced. Obviously, the closer to the brand’s warehouse, the better.
How you choose to use and take care of a product has a bigger impact than you think. Just think about how much longer a shirt lasts if it has been washed in the right way.
At this step, there is no way out and we have to find some way of discarding our product. How we discard a product will significantly influence the opportunity of reusing materials used.