Timbuk2 & Pop!Tech
Scarcity and abundance are all around us; the last thing you need is another not-that-sweet conference bag. So Timbuk2 and Pop!Tech teamed up to create a bag for the 2008 Pop!Tech conference that utilized a scarcity of materials and an abundance of wisdom.
Developing a new fabric for the Pop!Tech bag did cross our minds, but we chose to dig deep (literally) in our SF factory. These bags are made from discontinued and excess fabrics, old cams, and recycled buckles. Vintage is so much better than new.
Before this bag went to production, Pop!Tech asked their 650 conference attendees for advice, in 7 words or less, they’d like to give to the leaders of tomorrow. We printed their advice on the liner of the Pop!Tech bags. So whether these bags are filled with U-locks or USB sticks, it’ll always be full of meaning.
Give One, Get One at Pop!Tech
Let’s be honest, do you really need another bag? Pop!Tech and Timbuk2 get it, so we developed a bag up-cycling program. Pop!Tech attendees were asked to donate their new Pop!Tech bags to Peace Games, a non-profit that teaches students how to be peacemakers in their schools and communities. Peace Games then distributed the donated bags to their students and volunteers. While bags can’t exactly create world peace, kids need bags for school and we all could use a few words of wisdom. Pop!Tech attendees were also asked to donate their old conference bags; Timbuk2 sent the old conference bags to a textiles recycling plant where all materials were reworked for new manufacturing projects.
Up-Cycling. Give it Back, Pay It Forward at Timbuk2
Inspired by Pop!Tech, Timbuk2 has kicked off a permanent bag up-cycling program. So whether you’ve loved your Timbuk2 bag to death or you’re simply ready for some new digs, we’ll up-cycle the bag for you. Send us your overly-loved bag and we’ll find it a new home through one of our non-profit partners.
Pop!Tech is a one-of-a-kind conference, community, and ongoing conversation about science, technology and the future of ideas. Pop!Tech partnered with Timbuk2 to align this year’s conference bag with the theme of scarcity and abundance. poptech.org
Peace Games is an innovative violence prevention program that teaches children, as young as four years old, the skills they need to create safe schools and communities. Peace Games empowers students to create their own safe classrooms and communities by forming partnerships with schools, families, young adult volunteers and community partners. peacegames.org
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