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Portland, OR â€“ In keeping with its sustainability initiative, Hybrid.Think, KEEN is introducing the Harvest Series as part of an expanded Hybrid.Transportâ„¢ bag collection. With Hybrid.Think, KEEN is taking small steps towards making a difference in sustainability by rethinking, reusing, and repurposing where possible. It’s a bag collection inspired by and for a HybridLife.
The Harvest Series is a collection of bags that uses recycled rice-bag and excess materials from the footwear manufacturing process. The sustainable collection consists of eight unique styles including wallets, daypacks and shoulder bags. All repurposed for a purpose and available to consumers on April 1, 2008.
â€œWe realized that there was an excess of this used material being added to landfill and that we could repurpose the material into beautiful and unique bags,â€ stated Eric Groff, National Sales Manager, Bags and Packs for KEEN. â€œSince it was used to carry heavy bags of rice the material is extremely durable and perfect for everyday use.â€
Lovejoy: A checkbook sized wallet featuring a variety of credit card slots, a coin pocket, currency section and snap closure. Available in White Recycle with recycled aluminum hardware. 7â€ x 4â€ x 1â€
Marshall: A bi-fold wallet featuring credit card slots, zippered security pocket and a snap closure. Available in Brown Recycle with colorful interior. 4.5â€ x 4â€ x 0.5â€
Johnson: A unique vertical shoulder bag that can be carried as a shoulder bag or converted into a daypack. This bag also features an external cargo pocket and internal security pocket. Available in White Recycle. 14â€ x 16 â€œ x 4â€
Irving: This large tote has a woven pattern xx. Internal organizer pockets make it easy to find your personal items quickly. 20â€ x 13â€ 7â€
Kearney: A daypack with water bottle pockets, external lid pocket and an internal security pocket. Made from White Recycle and featuring the Harvest Collection weave for added color and style. 12â€ x 16â€ x 4â€
Everett: The Everett is a daypack featuring repurposed felt scraps on the back of the pack and the inside of the shoulder straps for added padding and comfort. The pack also has water bottle pockets, an external lid pocket and an internal security pocket. Available in Brown Recycle colorful accents and recycled rope closure. 12â€ x 16â€ x 4â€
Northrup: A large sized tote featuring an internal security pocket and an external cargo pocket. Made from Brown Recycle with colorful accents on the shoulder straps and at the bottom of the bag. 20â€ x 13â€ x 7â€
Pettygrove: A small and stylish purse with credit card slots and zippered security pocket. Available in White Recycle with the fashionable Harvest Weave. 8â€ x 5â€ x 1.5
Quimby: The Quimby is a travel-style wallet with a long neck or shoulder strap, credit card slots, zippered security pocket and a snap closure. Available in Brown Recycle with a splash of color paper on the front. 6â€ x 7â€ x 1â€
About KEEN: KEEN Inc. is a leader in hybrid performance products, including footwear, bags and socks. Founded in 2003 and known for its patented toe protection technology, KEEN is headquartered in Portland, OR and its products can be found in over 1500 retail locations in the US and is distributed globally in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Asia as well as Central America, South America and Europe. The company created the KEEN Foundation in 2004 to partner with environmental, conservation and social organizations on a global level through community, understanding and education.