Crowdfunders Carry Mobius, the World’s Most Eco-Progressive Backpack, Six Times Over Goal as Campaign Enters Final 10 Days

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Backers have invested more than $186,000 in the new durable, multifunctional backpack made from nearly 100 percent ‘upcycled’ materials which upholds tentree’s company mandate to plant 10 trees for each item purchased.

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It took the tentree team years of development to create Mobius, and we’re excited crowdfunders are supporting products like this that support global change through sustainable product design.

Over 1,900 backers have invested more than $186,000 in the environmentally-progressive backpack Mobius, sending presales of tentree’s newest product six times over its crowdfunding goal as the Kickstarter campaign enters its final 10 days.

“It took the tentree team years of development to create Mobius, and we’re excited crowdfunders are supporting products like this that support global change through sustainable product design,” said Mobius designer Joey Pringle.

Mobius is a multi-functional, durable backpack made with nearly 100 percent ‘upcycled’ materials – and the first backpack ever to feature BLOOM® foam, the world’s first plant-based performance-driven foam formulated with algae. The innovative use of BLOOM® foam, which is sustainably sourced with algae biomass taken from lakes and ponds and then used for the backpack’s padding, makes Mobius stand alone among other backpacks.

“This foam is not only better for the environment, but also offers a variety of strong performance benefits that include prolonged resilience, reduced weight and hypoallergenic properties,” Pringle said.

The Mobius backpack was designed using the process of upcycling, in which discarded objects or materials are reused in a way that creates a product of higher quality or value.

The bag is designed and lined with REPREVE®, a fabric made from 100-percent recycled plastic water bottles – with each bag representing 31 plastic bottles that would have otherwise cluttered the landfill. The trims that complete the bag, such as the webbing, clips and buckles, are all made from recycled material by reusing the plastic waste created at the factory level during regular production.

"At tentree we are always working to push the bounds of what is possible with sustainable product, which is part of our mission to become the most environmentally progressive brand on the planet,” said tentree CEO Derrick Emsley. “The Mobius bag sets a new standard for environmentally progressive accessories.”

The Mobius was also designed with active people in mind, offering multiple features to make this backpack the perfect bag for any occasion. Highlights include:

  •     Size – roll top opening allows the bag to be packed the way you want it, whether that’s small and compact for daily use or fully expanded to reach the 35-liter capacity.
  •     Functionality – roll top opening is good for packing, but when you’re in a time crunch, this bag features multiple zippers in the back for easy access to its contents.
  •     Protective laptop sleeve – with the ability to access your laptop in two ways, it makes travelling smooth and painless.
  •     Discreet bottle holder – fits bottles sized up to Triple-X.
  •     Organization – enclosed front pocket, compartmentalized sleeves and a small side zipper pocket for functional and practical organization.
  •     Extra support – back and shoulder straps are padded to create optimum comfort, while a buckle strap across the chest adds additional carrying support.

Along with the bag, tentree is also offering upcycled travel cubes that fit perfectly within the main compartment of the Mobius.

The tentree company will also plant 10 trees for each backpack sold – currently committing to plant more than 1,600 trees based on crowdfunding presales so far.

The company also plans to drill three water wells in Madagascar, providing the community there with access to clean drinking water, if the Kickstarter campaign meets a stretch goal set at $350,000 in presales.

“We set out to create the first backpack ever designed with the planet in mind,” Pringle said. “I see it as my duty to make the most sustainable product the world has ever seen and inspire change in the bigger brands.”

Visit the Mobius’s Kickstarter Page now to pre-order, meet the designer, and learn more about how the backpack and travel cubes are pushing all boundaries when it comes to sustainability.

About tentree

tentree is an environmentally progressive lifestyle apparel company, focused on their motto - "protect your world." For every item purchased, tentree plants 10 trees in countries across the globe. Each product comes with a unique code that allows the customer to discover their positive impact. tentree is focused on more than just planting trees; it wants to help change lives. Not only does reforestation revitalize dry arid soil and provide a substantial oxygen supply, but it directly benefits local people living in the area by providing wood for fuel, food, and fodder for livestock, as well as permanent and seasonal employment. tentree has planted over 20 million trees to date and is aiming to plant 1 billion trees by 2030.

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