Made from Recycled Sailboat Sails
Founded with nothing but a vision to reduce the 17 million tons of textile waste going into landfills every year and a question as to whether or not we could change the worlds view on achieving positive impact as a for profit company. No handouts or donations to fuel our do good mission just earned profit through offering our customers a product worth buying. Building a supply chain to gather textile waste and then creating systems that allow us to process and use waste that no-one else was willing to take and turn into something with value.
Upcycled Sailboat Sails and Marine Textiles make for a durable but truly unique to you bag.
Melise's packing essential
"The Dopp Kit came highly recommended by a friend of mine. After almost a full year of use, I can say this is easily my favorite go-bag for trips. I'm the type that loves to pack, and this product makes the process even more exciting. The bag holds so much and the shape fits perfectly in my luggage/weekend bag."
Anastasia's go to Tote
"We love our Dunsel’s totes so much! The sail fabric is awesome. It’s sturdy without being heavy and I love that they don’t get dirty like my other canvas totes do with use. The handles and bag keep their shape making it easier to find things so I don’t feel like I’m digging into a saggy bag. Love the look and cool new designs too!"
Dani's Favorite Fanny Pack
"We love our new Fanny pack! We bought it to be able to use it on all of our adventures because of the material used and it is much more spacious than ones we’ve bought in the past. It also arrived quickly!"
What Does Upcycled Really Mean?
Up-cycling is the process of taking used sailboat sails, scrap/waste fabric, or dead-stock fabric and converting it into products.
Upcycling differs from recycling because the fabric does not have to remanufactured.
Recycled products require the waste to be broken down, spun into thread and then woven into fabric. Often recycling creates more carbon then using the virgin version because of all the steps.
We up-cycle because the fabric is used straight out of the waste stream and requires no carbon footprint to be created other than going and picking it up making it far more sustainable.
Are you just based in the U.S.? Where are the products manufactured?
Dunsel is based in Tallahassee, FL because of its proximity to so many sources of marine textile waste.
Additionally our products are manufactured from end to end in Florida. Once we come back from sourcing our marine textile waste, it gets processed here in Tallahassee at our facility. We do all the design, patterning, cutting the fabric into the appropriate sizes for each product and then ship it to our sewing partner in Naples, FL for it to be sewn together.
We then receive the bags back as a finished product!
Why is every single bag different?
Our products are incredibly unique because we do everything from sourcing to cutting and manufacturing them.
Another reason every bag is different is because our materials are used. Each bag has fabric that comes from different regions or has been worn differently resulting in a slightly different variation each time.
Our upcycled marine canvas vinyl and upholstery is what brings the color to the bags. We only receive so much of one color or type of fabric. We often have to mix and match fabric to get to enough to complete our orders.