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Do what you can't!



How can we decrease the climate impact from product manufacturing, shipping & packaging and transform current waste streams into valuable resources?

Global Context:

Behind every fashion product lies a complex supply chain. Each phase within the supply chain contributes to CO2 production. Research shows that 80% of a fashion product’s climate impact comes from the production phase (Mistra Future Fashion, 2019). To this we add transportation and packaging which are also important product carbon footprint contributors.

Year: 2018

Status: Completed

Client: Lifestyle 4.0 Proof of Concept

Solved: The S-bags are the next generation of bags that customers can download and easily make themselves with pre-owned materials.

Perfectly in tune with the new era of revolution and innovation in Fashion, we have created an entirely downloadable collection of bags. By blending technology and human creativity, with this sustainable innovation, our ambition is to create access, stimulate your imagination and build together a more sustainable fashion industry. 

​Tomorrow's fashion is downloadable, be part of the revolution, co-design with us.

The downloadable concept blends technology and design to avoid any CO2 emissions from manufacturing, transportation and packaging and prevents further textile waste. Moreover, it provides the end user with access to quality fashion items, while promoting sustainable practices. These bags are designed for anyone and everyone that has access to a laser-cutter. The end user can create these bags at a nearby Fablab or a Makerspace, with either sustainable fabrics or pre-owned materials.
Laser-cutting costs around €10 and assembly times range from 10 to 20 minutes, making it a transparent, quick and affordable method of production. The digital-first collection includes the Curved S-bag, the Circular S-bag, the Block S-bag and Messenger S-bag. Patterns and assembly instructions for each design can be downloaded and made from a range of fabrics and no sewing machine is needed. 

Digital design enables a quick local production, by the user, with local materials, which saves up a considerable amount of CO2 emissions from manufacturing, transportation and packaging in the fashion industry. Another great value comes from the involvement of the user in the manufacturing process as it creates greater attachment towards the product, extends its active lifespan and thus discourages future production and consumption. 

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Curved S-BAG

Downloadable SOLVE bag that can be laser-cut in fabrics with a thickness of 1mm and above. A17” laptop will fit in seamlessly alongside a water bottle and a book. 

Circular S-BAG

Downloadable SOLVE bag that can be laser-cut in fabrics with a thickness of 1mm and above. Undivided deep inside space, big enough to store a laptop, water bottle, book & your raincoat.

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Block S-BAG

Downloadable SOLVE bag that can be laser-cut in fabrics with a thickness of 1mm and above. A 13” laptop, water bottle & your sweater for chilly afternoons fit in perfectly.

Messenger S-BAG

Downloadable SOLVE bag that can be laser-cut in fabrics with a thickness of 1mm and above. This is our biggest bag yet, designed for traveling: a 14” laptop, water bottle & a sweater and 2 books fit it perfectly .

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a short brief on
How it works

Step 1: Design
You are your own designer. Choose from your pre-owned fabrics. Ideally it’s from something that you no longer use and you
want to put its fabric to good use. 


Step 2: Lasercut
​​By now you have chosen a fabric and
found a nearby makerspace/fablab with a laser cutter. Excellent!


Step 3: Construct
after you fold the fabric you thread the joining stripe through the slots.

Yes, it’s that easy!


Step 4: ​Show-off
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people who act pretentiously or who publicly parades themselves,
their possessions, or their accomplishments.

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Recommended materials

Below are some suggestions for sustainable fabrics you could use. Non-woven and recycled synthetic ones work best. For woven fabrics, a small percentage of synthetic fiber is needed as the laser beam fuses laser cut edges on polyester and thereby prevents fraying.

your pre-owned fabrics

​Ideally it’s from something that you no longer use and you want to put its fabric to good use.

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Recyclable polyester felt

100% recyclable polyester fiber that can later on become a T-shirt or a pair of trousers.


Cork leather

Coming from Cork Oak Trees, the fabric is light, water resistant and no chemical substances are used to process cork into leather. 

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Qmilk felt

100% biodegradable and made from non-food milk and wool.  


Any Fablab or Makerspace that is equipped with a lasercutter is fit to create your S-bag. The bags are designed to fit within the most common lasercutter size which is of 90 x 120 cm.


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Relax and meditate for 10-15 minutes while you assemble your bag. You don’t need any additional tools, just your laser cut pieces and the step-by-step assembly instructions that come with your downloaded digital design file.

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