Recycled Polyester

Polyester is ideally suited for a travel backpack. It's incredibly durable, holds dyes well, and weighs less than traditional fibers like cotton and leather. It resists wrinkles, shrinkage, mold, mildew, and stains.

But polyester is a polymer -- a plastic compound derived from petroleum. Meaning it comes from non-renewable fossil fuels.

The Problem With Plastic

The world has a lot of plastic. 

It floats in our oceans, killing sea life. It sits in our landfills, resolutely refusing to break down. We are drowning in the stuff… and we keep tapping into non-renewable sources to make more of it. 

Plastic’s durability can be its greatest liability. Or, if we give existing plastics new life, durability can be its greatest strength.

Enter: REPREVE Recycled Fiber

REPREVE, our recycled fiber partner, is a leader in the recycled fabric industry and provides fibers for some of the world’s most well-known companies.

Here's how REPREVE takes postconsumer plastics that would otherwise be trash and turns them into high-quality, durable fibers.

Once the recycled yarn is spun, mills weave it into fabric.

The Environmental Impact

Using recycled plastic to make polyester reduces the amount of virgin plastic in the world. But it’s more than that.

According to a study REPREVE published in 2014, manufacturing recycled polyester versus virgin polyester:

All of that without sacrificing quality, durability, or performance.

Want In On This?

The outer fabric of the Setout Backpack's navy and black colorways is REPREVE recycled polyester. And best of all: every Tortuga travel backpack is lined with 100% recycled fiber.