Today’s Solutions: November 30, 2023

As efforts grow to find new uses for discarded plastic before it gets into the environment, it’s amazing to see startups continuously coming up with neat ideas of how to upscale this waste. 

The latest of such ideas come from Phoenx, a London-based company that focuses on the eco-conscious traveler by creating sustainable, modular luggage made from old plastic bottles, fishing lines, old carpets, waste rubber, and aluminum.  

The Phoenx carry-on suitcase is made from 95 percent recycled or regenerated materials. These include an outer shell made entirely from recycled polycarbonate, a wide handle made using 30 percent recycled aluminum, and an inner lining fashioned from waste nylon such as fishing nets and scraps of fabric/carpet that might otherwise end up in landfills.

What makes Phoenx stand out, however, is the fact that all its parts are modular and thus replaceable, making it environmentally friendly and easy to maintain. As co-founder and CEO Francesco Salom explained, “When you feel it is time to renew it, you can send it back to us and choose between having it restyled by our creative design team or getting a new model.”

Now the subject of a Kickstarter campaign, the sustainable carry-on suitcase is expected to start traveling in the summer of 2020.

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