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The rice stuff: Keen recycled bags a green dream
By Bostonherald.com staff
The KEEN Harvest Collection – a line of attractive totes, packs and messenger bags – feature a pleasing crinkle that calls to mind the bags unusual history.
The main material is reclaimed rice paper, which gives the bags splashes of color from the colorful graphics and lettering that once spelled out rice company logos and designs.
The largest bag in the line, the Cornell ($70), is a messenger bag large enough to carry a 17-inch laptop inside a special sleeve. The bag, like most in the line, is white, beige and brown – with splashes of color on select panels.
The bottom of the bag is made from 100-percent recycled inner tube rubber while the metal zipper and fastenings are recycled aluminum components. The bag features an interior zippered compartment with organization pockets.
Other highlights of the line include two totes, the Dunthorpe ($60) and the Irving ($40), which is mostly white with flecks of color woven into two panels on the sides. There’s also a wallet in the collection.
While supplies last, KEEN will donate the proceeds of all Marshall wallets ($10) sold on its website to 1 KG More, a China-based non profit organization that works to bring school supplies to remote, impoverished areas of China, including those displaced by the May 12th earthquake.
I discovered KEENs when I moved to Hawaii and was looking for a sandal I could wear for everyday. They are perhaps best known for their previously-reviewed iconic sandals, sturdy enough to trek through backwoods trails, get wet and support your feet at the same time.
While most of KEEN’s product line is aimed at the “trailhead” for their day hikes in rocky places, they have also put their mind to designing a few product lines aimed at the laid-back, granola-eating trekker in their off-hours. They have shoes aimed at city-dwellers and also a lot of very nice bags in a variety of cute colors.
Perhaps they understand that the female trail-hiker isn’t necessarily your average girl. In a time when the fashion seems to be the “baby carrier” (complete with the hunch that sometimes accompanies it), KEEN has a nice, small utilitarian pocketbook you can wear across your chest, the Fremont. Having prided myself on avoiding getting a purse for years, I finally broke down after the purchase of an iPhone and searched for an appropriate carrying conveyance.
WEND had an excellent month of submissions for our Friday Photo contest; turns out WEND readers do love their bikes! For the final shot of the month, WEND chose this one by Alan Barnard, who runs the excellent bike-focused blog EcoVelo. His great photo Around the Bend is sure to inspire a beautiful late summer ride… and when it does, make sure to take a picture and send it our way!
For his great shot, Alan scores a pair of Keen cycling shoes.
About the Friday Photo Contest
KEEN and WEND Magazine are featuring cycling inspired photos during this month’s Friday Photo contest. Commuting, trekking, cycling fashion or even just playing around on your favorite set of two wheels, we want it all!
As usual, we don’t want your photographic efforts to go unnoticed, so all Friday Photo winners during the month of August will score a pair of KEEN cycling shoes (Commuter or Springwater). And the grand prize winner at the end of the month will get hooked up with the newest KEEN commuter bag.
Submit your shots to the WEND Flickr pool, shoot an email to email@example.com with a description and then keep your fingers crossed.