The brand tag on every Tom Bihn bag reads “Portable Culture,” and that’s the founder’s philosophy. The care labels strongly reinforce this with the Latin phrase “Siquid mantica non capit, domi relinquendum est.” Roughly translated, “if it doesn’t fit in your bag, leave it behind.” But chances are, their extensive product line of backpacks, camera bags, laptop bags and messenger bags will allow you (or your canine pal – dog bags are also available) to tote nearly anything.
Bihn designed and produced his first bag when he was about 10 years old, beginning his mission to make the best bags on the market for people who are always on the go. “For me,” Tom Bihn says, “a bag is almost like an icon. You get to put your stuff in there and hit the road, [and] we get to come along on all those trips in a little way.”
So what’s special about Tom Bihn?
- None of the bags have wheels. The primary reasons are quite simple: wheels are only useful on smooth surfaces and they (and the requisite associated hardware) add significant weight to the bags.
- The company’s entire line is made in the United States, mostly comprised of American-made materials.
- The company’s main facility in Seattle runs almost entirely on renewable energy.
Partnering with UPS, Tom Bihn Bags ships every order via UPS carbon neutral. The company pays a little extra to ship the bags and carbon “credits” are purchased to offset the emissions generated by the shipping process.
Going one step further, they have their shipping and packing materials certified as environmentally friendly in the UPS Eco Responsible Packaging Program. The boxes aren’t just made of recycled cardboard, but also are right-sized (preventing use of excess materials) and crush-tested to prevent product damage. This is especially crucial, as there’s no environmental benefit if a flimsy package is damaged in transit and requires a replacement shipment.
Watch this video to learn more about how UPS helped Tom Bihn Bags become more environmentally-friendly. Or learn more about how logistics can make your business more sustainable.
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