You may have never taken a seat on a flight and thought the material would make the perfect accessory, but someone else did — Ben and Harry Tucker.
Back in 2012, the UK-based brothers founded Fallen Furniture, a company that reclaims old aircraft parts to create pieces of art and furniture. Most recently, they launched Plane Industries, a new brand that takes airplane textiles, that would otherwise be discarded, and transforms them into trendy travel accessories, including such items as duffle bags, backpacks, messenger bags, and laptop and phone cases.
The concept may seem odd since the fabric on your seat in aisle 24 probably doesn't seem all that special. But one look at their products and you'll think differently. But even if they're not your style, there's no denying Plane amazing ability to repurpose materials that would otherwise go to a landfill into something so much more beautiful.
"We believe that luxury, indulgence, and beauty do not have to come at the expense of our desire to live sustainably," the company wrote on its Kickstarter page.
The bags, which currently cost between $285 to $361, are finished off with vegetable tanned Italian leather, brass fixtures made in the United States, and organic cotton lining.
Aside from the fact that most of us don't own anything that came from aeronautical parts, Plane's products are unique because they have their own histories. They've traveled around the world and been there for both smooth flights and trips with severe turbulence. They might have even been on more journeys than you.
That's admittedly much cooler than a piece mass produced in a factory.
"We are small, but we dream big. We want to change the world by making truly sustainable and durable products, that have beautiful back stories and a future narrative. Its about looking for new and better ways of making and consuming that pays respect to the greater good," it says on the company's website.
"A Plane bag is not just another mass produced item," co-founder Ben said in the Kickstarter video. "Each piece resonates with a personality and history, but more importantly it stands for a better way of making by wasting less and using more of what's already around us."
If more designers started thinking of innovative ways to use materials we already have instead of creating more waste, we could make the world a much better place.