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Yak Pak Upcycles Bags from Billboards

Upcycled Bags from Ads

Upcycled Bags from Ads

The same billboard stares you down every day during rush hour, then one day, as if it were magic, a new ad appears.  Where did the old ad go?  Most likely, the billboard has been trashed.  Every year, 3 million non biodegradable billboards hit the landfills, and with the rate that those billboards change,  it just keeps adding up.  But there can be a new life for some ads out there, and if you’re lucky, you might just see your favorite ad again, only this time in a different form.  Yak Pak, in collaboration with TerraCycle, have turned billboards into bags, making  functional art pieces from what would have been trash.

This eco-friendly partnership comes in perfect time for Yak Pak’s 20th anniversary, and even more appropriate, for Earth Day’s 40th anniversary.  Yak Pak, a company already known for producing stylish, high-quality backpacks, messenger bags, and the like, have combined their design capabilities with TerraCycle’s expertise in upcycling to create a line of bags that can literally make you a walking advertisement…but in the best way possible.

Upcycling transforms trash into treasures, giving a new life to disposable materials.  Thankfully, this material is billboard vinyl, a material built to withstand the elements, which means that these bags are tough stuff!  Aside from that, since each piece uses different parts of an ad, each bag is a one-of-a-kind work of art.  This venture steers tons of vinyl from the landfills, and since these bags have a new purpose, they’ll never have a chance to hit the trash.  These bags will live on through other earth conscious activities like re-gifting, thrifting, and swapping.

The Billboard Bag collection starts at an affordable $35 and can be found at retailers such as Best Buy and Urban Outfitters.

Graphics by phaymiss.

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One Response to “Yak Pak Upcycles Bags from Billboards”

  1. What an awesome idea, and love that the price is accessible, too!


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