Monarc Eco-Friendly Bags

Monarc is a new luggage company based in Meridian, Idaho. It produces sustainable travel bags made from recycled plastic bottles. Monarc has spent two years developing its initial eco-friendly bag—the Settra Series. It has meticulously tested both form and function to make sure the materials it chooses are durable, attractive, and built to last.

Monarc Duffel Bags

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Monarc's sustainable bag is ideal for all outdoor activities. Photo courtesy Monarc

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Sustainable Bags

People throw away 60 million plastic bottles each year. Only 9% of those bottles are recycled and it takes 450 to 1000 years for a plastic bottle to break down in a landfill. Monarch is being proactive to reverse this growing trend with its eco-friendly bags.

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People discard 60 million plastic bottles each year. Photo courtesy Hans Braxmeier via Pixabay

Recyclers collect discarded plastic bottles to use in a Monarc sustainable bag. They clean and shred the bottles. The recycler then passes on the shredded plastic to a plastics manufacturer. The manufacturer melts and reforms the plastic into uniformly sized pellets. The pellets become the base material for a variety of plastic products. A fabric producer stretches the pellets into yarn and then the producer weaves the yarn into fabric used to make the bags. The finished fabric is attractive, durable, and water-resistant. Monarc uses 50 recycled bottles to make one Settra Series Duffel bag.

Monarc Duffel Bags

The Flagship Eco-Friendly Bag

Monarc's initial product is the Settra Series featuring the Settra Duffel Backpack. You can carry this versatile eco-friendly bag as a duffel or as a backpack when you expose the concealed straps. TSA has approved this sustainable bag as a carry-on. You can easily stow the bag in the overhead bin or rack on airplanes, busses, and trains. Even with its compact exterior, the Settra Duffel has 40 L of inside storage space. It features a removable shoe compartment, locking zippers, and a 17″ laptop sleeve.

Monarc duffel bag

The Settra Duffel Backpack is made from 50 recycled plastic bottles. Photo courtesy Monarc

When you carry it as a backpack, you have even more versatility. The duffel has adjustable and removable sternum and waist straps to help you stay comfortable at any level of activity.

Monarc sustainable bag with backpack straps

The Settra Duffel has stowable straps so that the bag can convert to a backpack at a moment's notice. Photo courtesy of Monarc

The Travel Set

The Settra Duffel Backpack is part of the Settra Series. You can purchase the Series as a set that includes one large compression pack, one medium compression pack, one laundry bag, one tech pack, and one camera and lens case. Each of these accessories fits nicely inside this sustainable bag.

Settra Series eco friendly bags

The Settra Duffel Backpack is part of the Settra Series of eco-friendly bags. Photo courtesy of Monarc

With the completion of Monarc's successful Kickstarter campaign, which presold hundreds of bags and accessories, you can now have your own Monarc eco-friendly bag. Visit Monarch to purchase this innovative bag today.

duffel at the gym

Monarc's duffel bag can adapt to lots of activities whether it's travel, the gym, or outdoors. Photo courtesy Monarc

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Monarc Duffel Bags

Monarc is a new luggage company based in Meridian, Idaho. It produces sustainable travel bags made from recycled plastic bottles. Monarc has spent two years developing its initial eco-friendly bag—the Settra Series. It has meticulously tested both form and function to make sure the materials it chooses are durable, attractive, and built to last.

Written by Bill Graham

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