If you’ve just stumbled upon Dunsel’s Sail Bags, you might find yourself asking some of these questions...

What does Dunsel mean?

  • The word Dunsel is an old word that originates from the maritime community. It is generally used to mean something (or someone) on a ship that no longer has a purpose; can no longer be used. All of our materials are Dunsels. Playing the irony card here.

Why would I want to buy a bag (or anything) made from upcycled materials?

By buying an upcycled sail bag you are doing 2 really great things:

  1. You are helping keep massive quantities of synthetic, plastic textiles out of landfills. These materials will otherwise end up there, and break down into an armada of microplastics over time. These pieces leach into our groundwater and wind up in the ocean. These microplastics end up inside of us through our drinking water and food.
  2. Using upcycled materials instead of buying brand-new reduces our collective carbon footprint. The environmental toll that is spent on manufacturing, transporting, and processing virgin materials is unacceptable.

Not only is buying upcycled goods a much better option for the environment, but you also can have a one of a kind bag that is part of the solution


Is my bag dirty?

  • Every bag goes through a comprehensive cleaning process that eliminates years of dirt and grime from a previous life at sea. We do our best to brighten them up, and remove anything that may harm you. While we cannot guarantee that every bag will be brilliantly white, we can guarantee that markings, blemishes, and discolorations are true ‘battle wounds’ that give each bag its own character and identity. Every imperfection tells a story, and the beautiful thing is these stories don't end at the boatyard anymore. You can give a whole new life to this material as a bag!