Our products are crafted from used sails, kitesurf, paragliding or each kind of toy you could use to fly and play with Nature. They cannot longer be used for their original purpose, but still offer great features. Strenght, colours, graphical design, texture.. Each has its own story, long hours of ride on the sea or flying in the air. Times of happiness!
The workshop was installed in early 2014, with DiiRt bags &more, founded by Arlette & Cedric. Amazing year, full of many experiences, about 120 kites have been recycled.. Cedric left this amazing adventure to work on his own, and Arlette keeps on going with a new energy, under a new name, Rubbish Upcycling.
Swiss design, each model is carefully elaborate to fit perfectly to your body. Light, strong, pure design, different. Rubbish upcycles different materials, and values their specific quality. Created to carry on the stuff you love the most, your laptop, smartphone, dog or surfboard.
Well, maybe not your surfboard..
Made in Portugal, in a modern and open-to-the-world workshop, in the amazing CEI - Centro de Empresas Inovadoras in Castelo Branco. All kites or sails are coming directly there, and are preparing by our team. Cut, washed, the different parts are well prepared to start their new life.
The Portuguese team:
Zulmira, our workshop head employee, our pearl :-) in the adventure since the 1st day with DiiRt bags & more.
Barbara, our second pearl, precious hands, she helps Arlette to learn Portuguese as well..
Tino, freelance photograph, and helper for almost everything!
Managed by Arlette Belat, founder of Rubbish, swiss designer, recycling kitesurf sails & paragliding since 2006, and co founder at DiiRt bags & more in 2014
About the history of DiiRt bags in 2014:
" Diirt bags & more was, during 2014, a brand of bags. Our products were made of recycled sail material and we design our products with 3 very important features in mind : aesthetic, function and ethical respect. These awere the 3 points that drive our design process.
Aesthetics is a subjective point, everyone has a different perspective on this of course, however one can feel in any creation the presence a real aesthetic vibration, a subject which I personally find very interesting.
Function is a very specific part of design, art and design are expressive but a designed product must also perform a function in its life making this aspect of the work very exciting with the opportunity to make everyday life better.
Ethical respect is about creating a brighter future. It must extend from the company to the employees, to the public, and to mother earth, each connected to each other.
Our product price is a strategic selling point. Our aim is to offer great products that allow people to fall in love with them without the disappointment upon seeing the price. Leaving them with simply a joyous feeling of being able to purchase and own a genuine, unique, designed product at an affordable price. Who would not be happy with that ?
The last point but certainly not the least important is that of ethical respect for mother earth and the environment.
Recycling is a priority for us. We fabricate our products from used sails from kitesurf kites and paragliders that can no longer be used for their original purpose but still offer great features such as strength, texture, colour, graphical design and most of all a personal history.
In each one is the the essence of past travels, crossing lakes, seas and oceans through all types of weather conditions from storms to calm, sun to rain E ach past rider, pilot or sailor giving something back through the act of passing on their adventures to enable the creation of DiiRt bags and products.
“With our designs we take care with the entire process to ensure that our products help you to make your life better. DiiRT creations are made from recycled / upcycled kites, specially designed to carry around the things you value the most.”
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