FAQ || Sustainable Fabric, Plastic Bottles, Dyes & Inks

FABRIC

Is your fabric actually made from recycled plastic bottles?

Yes, our supply chain partners wash, sort, shred and pelletize recycled water bottles for extruding the threads to then weave into a certified rPET fabric as per our specifications and needs, such as color, thickness, weave, etc. 

Can you wash the backpack?

The fabric can be washed but we do not recommend this, specifically because when a fabric is washed, it rinses microplastics into the wastewater and thus ocean-bound. 8Hz fabrics are very durable, so spot washing with a sponge is an easy fix.

Is your fabric waterproof?

The fabric we use is water resistant, but not waterproof. Moreover, no chemical treatments were used in the process normally reserved for waterproofing. 

DYES AND INKS

Are the dyes and inks used for the artwork eco-friendly?

Yes, the artwork is printed using eco-friendly low VOC dyes and inks.

MANUFACTURING

Do you make your bags in California?

Yes, we make and assemble all our bags in Ventura, California. Each bag has a multi-stepped quality control process before packing.

MAGNETS (for those products with this closing feature)

We use Neodymium Magnets in the Hatch Door magnets.  

Neodymium Magnets Safety and Handling Tips 

Neodymium magnets are the strongest, most powerful magnets on earth. Although the flap is easy and intuitive for opening and closing, the grip is surprisingly strong and won't accidentally unsnap. 

Neodymium magnets are brittle.

Neodymium magnets are brittle, but we have them encased in recycled plastic to add protection for both the fabric and the magnets. Although strong and safe, they are not quite as hard as a stainless steel (which could never serve as a magnet). 

Do not remove the magnets from the case in the fabric.

Keep neodymium magnets away from all children.

Neodymium magnets are not toys. Do not allow children to handle or play with them. Small magnets can pose a serious choking hazard. If multiple magnets are swallowed, they can attach to each other through intestinal walls causing serious injuries and even death.

Keep neodymium magnets away from anyone with a pacemaker.

Neodymium magnets create strong magnetic fields around them, which can interfere with pacemakers, ICDs, and other implanted medical devices. This is because many of these devices are made with a feature that deactivates the device in a magnetic field.

Keep neodymium magnets away from your wallet, computer, and TV.

The strong magnetic fields emanating from neodymium magnets can damage magnetic media such as floppy disks, credit cards, magnetic ID cards, cassette tapes, videotapes or other such devices. They can also damage televisions, VCRs, computer monitors and CRT displays. Avoid placing neodymium magnets near electronic appliances.

Keep neodymium magnets away from your GPS and smartphone.

Magnetic fields interfere with compasses or magnetometers used in navigation for air and sea transport, as well as the internal compasses of smartphone and GPS devices. Even though some current phones use more magnets than the small number of magnets we use which have not encountered problems. That said, there is a chance it can affect your compass.

Avoid contact with neodymium magnets if you have a nickel allergy.

Studies show a small percentage of people suffer from an allergy to some metals including nickel. The allergic reaction is often manifested in redness and a skin rash. If you have a nickel allergy, try wearing gloves or avoid directly handling nickel-plated neodymium magnets.

Neodymium magnets can become demagnetized at high temperatures.

While magnets have been proven to retain their effectiveness up to 80°C or 175°F, this temperature may vary depending on the grade, shape, and application of the particular magnet.

Neodymium magnet dust and powder are flammable.

Avoid drilling or machining neodymium magnets.  When ground into a dust or powder, this material is highly flammable.

Neodymium magnets can corrode.

Our magnets are finished with a nickel plating, and this coating provides enough protection for most applications. But remember, neodymium magnets are not waterproof. They will rust or corrode in the presence of moisture. If used underwater, outdoors or in a moist environment, they can corrode and lose magnetic strength so please keep them encased and do not remove from the bags.

Magnets have been known to be an effective tool in healing, but this is not why we use them or do we claim any health effects.