NEW NORMALS — RPET LINE

TOWARDS A NEW NORMAL

Given the inescapable realities — fast fashion insanity, endless plastic in our oceans, a global pandemic — we knew it was time to act on a long standing pledge to transform our entire business model, from securing a sustainable supply of raw materials to creating a small-batch production process based on a precise and pre-ordered demand.

Introducing the New Normals / RPET line, a series of transformative first steps, towards a new normal in the fashion industry. We invite you to learn about our development process, watch a short video, and order one of these remarkable new bags.

1. LEARN

REIMAGINE EVERYTHING

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MATERIAL CHOICES MATTER

We began the research and development process over two years ago, by evaluating different material options, from pineapple leaves, to cellulose based textiles, to threads made of fungal mycelium. While these alternative material choices had some interesting properties, we came to the conclusion that, for LUMI, reusing existing and unwanted materials represented a far more sustainable way forward. In other words, why create yet more demand for new, virgin materials, when we are already drowning in a literal ocean of surplus materials that have been produced for past applications?

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A 99% RECYCLED BAG*

The result of all this research: a line of remarkably lightweight and waterproof bags that are made of 99% recycled and upcycled materials, including recycled polyethylene (PET), recycled polyester (PES) and upcycled leather waste. And, we don’t just mean the outer body of the bag, but 99% of all material components, from zippers, to straps, to lining and zipper tape.

*There is no fine print.

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LUMI’S CIRCULAR ECONOMY

And, we didn’t stop with sourcing recycled materials and creating a truly sustainable finished product. In order to create the kind of fundamental transformation we had imagined, we knew we had to reimagine the entire lifecycle of the product. Towards this end, all the components in the New Normals line are designed to be easily disassembled and recycled to create new pieces. All we ask is that our customers return their unwanted bag, for which they will receive a 15% discount voucher on their next purchase. A clear conscience and money in the pocket — oh yes, please!

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Body Shell and Lining

Both the body shell and the lining are made of 100% post consumer recycled polyethylene (PET) that are EU certified by Global Recycled Standard.
 
 
The body has a very high grade strength capability due to its weaving characteristics, offering at the same time a subtle mat effect to the black color. It is also 100% waterproof. The lining is a custom made lightweight recycled PET that comes in our signature color Finland blue, initially created as a function to find your items on the bottom of your bag.

Straps

Most Bags have interchangeable straps, short shoulders or long crossbody, The straps are made of 100% post consumer recycled polyester (PES) with EU certification by Global Recycled Standard.
 
Ultra resistant by their cross weaving pattern, the straps are made to last. Their borderless construction brings you comfort and offers a unique silky feel hand touch. In order to secure what you have the most precious, All Straps have a second snap as back up closure for extra security.

Trimming

Featuring 100% recycled leather, the core of all trimming components, strap attachments, handles and zipper pocket structure are made of recycled leather.
 
As we think there is no point in calling a “vegan” leather something that is made of PU, we prefer using leather as the structure material, especially when this leather has already had a first life and can be reused under another form. 
 
This recycled leather comes from wastage leather cuts of handbag production lines. These leather strips are then reduced in grounded form and shaped with natural glue into large flat panels that can then be cut and used for structure and trimmings.

Zippers

All zippers are waterproof and provide cover for backpacks and laptop bags. The zipper tape material is a recycled polyester (PES). The zipper teeth are sadly not from recycled nylon sources, as this component is not available yet, but we are pushing the matter and this is under negotiation.

Packaging

Fact: The entire fashion industry is using single use polybags to wrap any of its products, while the goal is simply to protect the goods. This is always happening in the wholesale segment while the end customer is not exposed to the damage. Trust us, we are suffering to see this excess packaging around our products.
 
We want to change that, and for the entire wholesale supply chain, we are using biodegradable corn starch polybags. Fact again, the corn starch polybags take only 12 days to naturally disappear, versus 400 years for an oil based polybag.

Proudly Made In China

Our new handbag collection is proudly made in China, in one of the best factories that we have personally selected and inspected. This factory has high environmental values and is proactive with CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility), offering high level working conditions and benefits to all its employees. As Lumi is widely selling in Asia, we believe it is logical to produce the line locally there

100% Post Consumer PET

Waterproof

Recycled Leather Waste

Lightweight & Ergonomic

After making the lightest leather bag in the world, we knew that our synthetic bags had to continue to offer both lightweight and ergonomic design. The result: bags that only weigh between 380 and 870 grams, all without losing a single gram of ergonomic functionality.

Our Mission

We are after a logic where you can feel proud of what you are buying, proud of what you are wearing, proud of the environmental values that your bag represents, with zero guilt. We believe that the fast fashion business model is totally not sustainable from an environmental and human point of view.

As an independent designer brand, we are passionate in raising the bar and contributing to the change we want to see in the world. We are today proposing a concept that is against overconsumption, a system based on limited product batches, where pieces are made with care and quality, according to pre order, no overproduction, no waste. We will produce with precise forecasts, forecasts based on your demand.

Our Plan

2. WATCH

A VIDEO INTRODUCTION

3. PRE-ORDER

THE NEW NORMALS:
GENDERLESS URBAN + TRAVEL CARRY-ON PIECES

The New Normals line is composed of 6 unique styles — 2 backpacks, a 14.6″ laptop bag, a foldable tote, a nano pouch and an oversized carry-all. The line conveys a very distinctive graphical mood, all matte black with a subtle texture effect, a conscious departure from the usual sunflower covered, eco-friendly aesthetic. In other words, we wanted New Normals to be universal, genderless, and super versatile, all while leaving the smallest possible footprint on the planet.