For the end of 2022, North Street Bags out of Portland, Oregon brought us their limited-edition Upcycled Collection. This collection of packs and panniers is made to order using repurposed material from tents and banners from some pretty iconic events.
The rugged outdoor fabrics were saved from the landfill and donated by event organizer giant, Life Time and bicycle component company SRAM. These fabrics were used in such events as the New York City Marathon, and the Leadville Race Series, as well as some running and mountain bike events in the Colorado Rockies and half marathons in Chicago and Miami.
This North St. line of packs is “slated to save over half a ton of waste from the landfill this year, including highly water-resistant vinyl and vinyl mesh ideal for recycled use“.
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The North St. Upcycled collection includes three fabric options.
Synthetic Canvas similar to a lightweight Cordura, sourced from donated Life Time tent walls: Featured in the Pioneer 8 Hip Pack, Davis Daypack, and Micro Pannier
Sturdy, highly water resistant, and rugged vinyl made from donated Life Time and SRAM banners: Featured in the Gladstone Grocery Pannier
A flexible and breezy printed mesh from donated Life Time banners: North St.’s first all-mesh pannier bag made from a highly-durable vinyl screen – perfect for riders looking for a “lightweight, upcycled pannier with extra flow”.
Upcycled Collection Pioneer 8 Hip Pack
“Reborn into popular culture, this little buddy is slim, simple, and stylish as heck. Carry your phone, keys, and essentials by your side. It can also fit your collection of pens, a small camera, a dice pouch, you name it. Whether you’re out on the town, festival hopping, or riding on a lazy Sunday, the Pioneer 8 Hip Pack implores adventure at every turn”.
Upcycled Collection Davis Day Pack
“The simple design of the Davis Daypack makes it a versatile and highly-utilitarian companion. Comfortable, lightweight, and contoured shoulder straps connected by an adjustable sternum strap keep your carry safe and cozy on your back while you chase your dreams”.
Upcycled Collection Gladstone Grocery Pannier
“Make commuting or running errands by bike easier with the best value grocery pannier available. The Gladstone Grocery Pannier is a simple flap-top bicycle gear bag, designed to match the capacity of a shopping tote, which quickly mounts to your front or rear bicycle rack—the perfect companion for your next trip to the market”.
Upcycled Collection Micro Pannier 14L
“Hit the trails or bike lanes with North St.’s simple yet rugged Micro Panniers. Weighing in at a breezy 13.5 oz, these simple side haulers will stash extra clothing, lunch, and snacks, or your work essentials without slowing you down”.
North St. Bags wants to remind you that this Upcycled collection “not only keeps these gently used materials out of landfills but also gives them new life and allows North St. to create durable bike bags using fewer virgin materials, closing the gap of a circular economy”.
All of North St. goods are built in-house in Portland, Oregon using U.S.-sourced materials. Check out this collection, and all of their other really cool and unique things at North St. by hitting the link below!