BlankEntity

Wallets and pass cases made of shopping bags

Brooklyn, New York · 4 Sales

BlankEntity

Wallets and pass cases made of shopping bags

Brooklyn, New York 4 Sales On Etsy since 2015

Announcement   Shopping bags upcycled into wallets. Sustainable, durable, attention-getting. Each is unique, using the colors and printed patterns found on used shopping bags.

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Last updated on Oct 27, 2015

Shopping bags upcycled into wallets. Sustainable, durable, attention-getting. Each is unique, using the colors and printed patterns found on used shopping bags.

Blain Kennedy

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Why Blank Entity wallets are superior

SUSTAINABILITY AND UPCYCLING

I started making these wallets years ago because I hate seeing plastic grocery bags littering the streets and especially getting stuck in trees. As small a gesture as it is, I had the idea to "upcycle" those annoying bags - to transform them into something more durable and useful than a disposable bag that's used only once to carry home a tube of toothpaste and then you throw it away and it languishes for thousands of years in a landfill. I started fusing bags and making things out of the material. Soon I landed on a wallet design.

After I showed a friend my awesome idea she said "Sorry to say man but I've seen these before." I hadn't looked to see if other people had done it! It's no surprise that I wasn't the first to make a wallet from fused grocery bags. I was frustrated by the clumsy material. It wasn't holding onto my cards. They kept falling out. I saw this as a challenge to design a better wallet. Soon I developed some features that clearly make my wallets better than most other ones made from fused plastic bags.


SUPERIOR CONSTRUCTION = BETTER USABILITY AND LONG LIFE

Blank Entity wallets are assembled with fused seams. The seams form one contiguous piece of plastic.

Other wallets made from fused grocery bags tend to be assembled with stitching and often require sealing with velcro in order to prevent contents from falling out. Over time the stitching can cause stretching of the plastic material, loosening of the seam and breaking holes in the material at the seams. I solved this problem by developing smoother, flatter material that enables Blank Entity wallets to work just like a traditional wallet without need for a sealing flap. It holds onto cards just fine.


UNIFORM MATERIAL = DURABILITY

After a lot of experimenting I figured out how to make the fused material really smooth and uniform which means that over time there is less surface friction which, in less processed bubbly looking fused bag material, causes friction against itself. This friction over time weakens the material and causes it to break down. That's why these fused-bag plastic wallets tend to not last very long. Blank Entity wallets last for many years of use in back pockets.

See the slideshow to see the new material and how it compares to the older, less processed material that my 6 year old black wine shop bag wallet is made of. The new wallets I'm making will last for a long, long time. My guess is over 10 years of normal use is a reasonable expectation. By that time you'll probably get bored of the design and buy a different one.

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