ORBIS CIRCULAR COLLECTION

Not just for you. For all of us.

How can we take waste materials, turn them into an awesome new bag and, at the end of its life, turn that bag into something new again?

The answer is the Orbis Circular Collection. The first zero-waste bags that can be recycled over and over again to make something new. A fully circular product

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Almost all bags today are made from a mix of different materials, which makes them virtually impossible to recycle. Moreover, bags typically comprise dozens of different components, most of which include polyurethane (PU). And when PU is combined with other materials, recycling is essentially out of the question.

So, how could we re-engineer our bags using just one material?

We worked with development labs to create components from scratch, using just one material to keep the integrity of the bags intact.

That material is recycled PET/polyester, the same material as a plastic bottle. To accomplish full circularity, we also redeveloped the bags’ linings, reinforcement, zippers and more – all in recycled PET/polyester.

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We’re particularly proud of the cycle of a polyester molecule being used in a bag and then being recycled so it can be used again. And, as our name implies, each molecule has a rich history with long journeys and a story to share.

Now, it’s your turn to use the bag on new journeys, creating new memories. And, once you’re done, the bag will be recycled and those molecules will then take a new form, yet again, to create a new bag. Using this product, you’re part of the ongoing story of circularity – a story that will continue to take shape for years to come.

Because it’s not just for you. It’s for all of us.

EXPLORE THE
COLLECTION

ORBIS CIRCULAR COLLECTION

EXPLORE THE
COLLECTION

ORBIS CIRCULAR COLLECTION

Four fully circular bags, made from recycled polyester, that can be recycled over and over again. Two backpacks with multiple pockets and breathable back panels. The perfect everyday tote for your laptop. And a duffle that’s ideal for your gym kit, overnight stays, and expandable for longer journeys.

Orbis 1-Pocket Backpack
Orbis 2-Pocket Backpack
Orbis Laptop Tote
Orbis Duffle
Orbis 1-Pocket Backpack
£295.00
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Versatile performance and on-the-go organisation

– Main section opens fully for easy access

– Large separate back compartment for your work essentials

– 11 pockets, including large mesh pocket for tech accessories

IDEAL FOR EVERYDAY

“Perfect for every day. I use it for work, I take it to the gym and away on the weekend. All the pockets keep my things organized.”

SADIE W., 07/13/21
Orbis 2-Pocket Backpack
£295.00
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Extreme comfort and easy organisation for every trip

– Large separate back compartment for your work essentials

– Nine pockets, including large mesh pocket for tech accessories

Super-comfy adjustable S-shaped padded straps.

 

Orbis Laptop Tote
£195.00
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Perfect everyday laptop work bag

Ziptop bag with 11 pockets, including padded pocket for 16-inch laptop or tablet.

Hidden slip pockets at front and back, zipped inside pocket, bottle holder.

Detachable and adjustable padded shoulder strap.

THE PERFECT TOTE

“Perfect for every day. I use it for work, I take it to the gym and away on the weekend. All the pockets keep my things organized.”

SADIE W., 07/13/21
Orbis Duffle
£275.00
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Great for the gym, overnight trips and expandable for longer stays

12 pockets, including 16-inch laptop pocket, bottle holder, phone and pen pockets. 

Expandable capacity thanks to concealed zippers on sides and base.

Detachable and adjustable padded shoulder strap.

MY GO-TO WEEKEND BAG

“Perfect for every day. I use it for work, I take it to the gym and away on the weekend. All the pockets keep my things organized.”

SADIE W., 07/13/21

IDEAL FOR EVERYDAY

“Perfect for every day. I use it for work, I take it to the gym and away on the weekend. All the pockets keep my things organized.”

SADIE W., 07/13/21

THE PERFECT TOTE

“Perfect for every day. I use it for work, I take it to the gym and away on the weekend. All the pockets keep my things organized.”

SADIE W., 07/13/21

MY GO-TO WEEKEND BAG

“Perfect for every day. I use it for work, I take it to the gym and away on the weekend. All the pockets keep my things organized.”

SADIE W., 07/13/21

WHAT IS
CIRCULAR DESIGN?

ORBIS CIRCULAR COLLECTION

WHAT IS
CIRCULAR DESIGN?

ORBIS CIRCULAR COLLECTION

Let’s break it down.

Circularity means after using and enjoying your well-loved Troubadour bag, it can be recycled at the end of its life and made into a brand new bag.

To make this possible, the bags need to be made out of one single material, so it can be fully recycled.

One of our normal bags is made of 43 different components. The first step in creating the Orbis Circular Collection was to simplify the construction of the bag, so it was made with just 16 components. Then, we redeveloped each of the 16 components from just one recyclable material.

We created four mono-material bags, all made of a common material – recycled PET/polyester. Polyester does not get downgraded when recycled, so it can be used again and again to make new bags.

DESIGN

  • The concept of a completely circular line of products came from a simple aspiration: to minimise waste. We use recycled materials to make the bag and then can recycle the bag at the end of its life.

  • Each material in the bag was developed from the molecule up to be made from only polyester.

  • The first step of the design process was to simplify the construction of a bag, so we could make it with fewer components.

  • Next, we worked with manufacturers, scientists and academics to create materials that until now, didn’t exist. Most components in a normal bag are made of multiple materials. For example, most nylon or polyester fabrics are backed with polyurethane for body, handfeel and to avoid fraying. We needed to create materials that look great, feel great and are durable – using only polyester.

  • Creating fully circular bags – with fewer components and using polyester molecules in new ways – presented unique design challenges. These challenges inspired us to design innovative solutions.

PRODUCE

  • Polyester pellets are turned into woven and non-woven materials.

  • These materials are then made into a bag from a common material, PET/polyester (plastic bottles are made of the same stuff).

  • From a chemical level, we reworked each material and redeveloped the bags’ linings, reinforcement, fabric, zipper trims, and more.

USE

  • Love it, use it, enjoy!

  • Our products are built to last, but if you ever need to arrange a repair, we’re always here to help. Simply email refresh@troubadourgoods.com to let us know. We’ll do everything we can to make sure your bag lasts for years.

RECYCLE

  • Contact us at contact@troubdourgoods.com and we’ll provide a shipping label.

  • Once you send it back to us, we’ll take care of the rest.

INSIDE THE
PRODUCT

INSIDE THE
PRODUCT

ORBIS CIRCULAR COLLECTION

Recycled and Recyclable.

Creating fully circular bags is all about the materials. Every single component was built from the ground up specifically for circularity, using materials that are not only recycled, but also recyclable.

FABRIC

Fabric – Waterproof and highly durable with a luxe feel and appearance.

LINING

Lining Lightweight, waterproof, durable and antibacterial.

VEGAN LEATHER

VEGAN LEATHER Soft-to-touch, non-slip and durable.

3D Mesh

3D mesh For padding and airflow to keep you cool.

SMOOTH ZIPPERS

Smooth Zippers Strong and durable, made from recycled polyester.

WEBBING

Webbing Tough and durable, made from recycled polyester.

FELT PADDING

Felt Padding For protection and comfort, made from recycled polyester.

REINFORCEMENT

Reinforcement For added structure, helping to ensure bags are long-lasting, made from recycled polyester.

Hear from Troubadour's Creative Director, Samantha Jacob, about what inspired her to create the collection, her passion for design, and striving for sustainability in everyday life.

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