From student project to start-up
The success story began in 2015 when Michael and Adrian met during their Master's studies in Rotterdam. Coincidentally, they were taking the same course, where a group assignment called for them to come up with a recycling project. The two founders decided to work together and went to the scrap yard for inspiration. There they discovered a car airbaq that felt extremely high-quality in its feel. The enthusiasm was great - the idea was quickly born to make a backpack completely out of car scrap. On the same day, they managed to create a prototype, which they proudly presented to the other students. They liked their idea so much that they decided to continue working on their project and found a start-up.
After graduation, the time had come: with the help of a successful crowdfunding campaign, they were able to turn their student project into a sustainable company.
Anything but zero-eight
An Airpaq backpack is a hand-sewn upcycled product made mainly from discarded airbags. The straps and back padding are composed of discarded seat belts, while the roll-top models use an old seat belt buckle as a locking mechanism. Supposedly unusable car scrap finds a completely new purpose here. Airpaq obtains the discarded airbags from a production facility that is only 70 kilometres away from the sewing plant. The manufacturer uses only Oeko-Tex certified dyes for dyeing and the waste water is disposed of in the sewing factory's own sewage treatment plant.
The upcycling, the short transport routes and the environmentally friendly dyeing - all this makes Airpaq products a very sustainable and resource-saving alternative to conventional brands.