Established in 2015, Parkland Design & Manufacturing creates bags and accessories for everyday life. The exterior fabric of all Parkland products is made from 100% recycled water bottles. Our mission is to inspire others to make sustainable choices by offering products that combine purpose, style, and quality at an accessible price. Parkland products are available for purchase at select retailers only.
The exterior of all Parkland products is made from 100% recycled plastic water bottles. Curious how?
How it’s made:
- 1. Sort it.
Clear plastic PET bottles are collected and cleaned at the sorting facility. Fun fact — To easily remove the labels, the bottles are bathed in acid. Ironically, soda which often comes in plastic bottles, can cause acid reflux in humans.
- 2. Shred it.
Bottles are crushed into small plastic flakes. If you happen to enjoy watching parmesan cheese being grated on top of pasta, surely this is also a process you will enjoy watching.
- 3. Melt it.
The plastic flakes are melted into small pellets. While they might resemble Tic Tacs, regrettably the pellets do not freshen breath.
- 4. Spin it.
The pellets are melted again, then extruded and spun into thread. You know what else melts? Ice cream. And hearts, especially during the adolescent years.
- 5. Weave it.
The thread is woven into fabric and dyed. We like to combine colors in order to create the most desirable patterns possible. It’s nice to be desired.
- 6. Sew it.
The fabric is sewn together to create (what some would consider) the most stylish bags and accessories known to humankind. Fun fact — It takes 12 plastic bottles to make one Parkland Kingston backpack.
Be a Good Apple
Parkland’s leather diamonds are now made from apples. A unique manufacturing process combines apple waste (a byproduct of juice production), solvent and polyurethane to form an animal-friendly material with properties similar to genuine leather. Apple leather is 100% vegan.
Built To Last
We like to keep things simple by designing durable bags and accessories with clean silhouettes and refined details. That being said, we like to have a good time creating fun prints, too. With a limited lifetime warranty on everything we make, you can carry us around with ease.
The recycled polyester we use is supplied by our partner in Shanghai, China, who is a global leader in producing recycled fabric. Our products are then manufactured by our trusted partners in Vietnam. We are committed to ensuring our factories follow international standards regarding labor, wages and safety practices. We believe in being very hands-on with our manufacturing process and work very closely with our factories.