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Used Trelleborg Printing Blankets Transformed into Luxury Goods



BFS Pressroom Solutions have spent much time over recent years researching the number of ways in which they can recycle or re-use the large amount of rubber waste that is produced during the manufacturing process.

100% of the rubber waste produced from the production of printing blankets and rollers is converted into recycled materials for the agricultural industry or is used to generate energy at recovery facilities.

In addition to these relatively conventional yet effective recycling methods bfs have been working together with Elvis & Kresse after hearing they collect London Fire Brigade’s waste fire-hoses to create a luxury range of accessories. Elvis & Kresse have incorporated used Trelleborg blankets collected from BFS customers Polestar Wheatons and Integrity Print into their range.

Dave Gill from Integrity Print was delighted with the news that the bag was now in production: “I constantly strive to find innovative solutions to all our waste streams, so when an opportunity to recycle our old, used printing blankets was proposed by BFS I fully embraced the idea. The final result is incredible and demonstrates that by working together it is possible to improve our environment through waste recycling and materials reuse at little or no cost.”

Elvis & Kresse have produced a stunning soft briefcase combining the compressible layer of the used blankets with their signature fire-hose. James Henrit, co founder and director, said of the collaboration “We are so pleased that BFS got in touch and stuck with us over the last few years of trial and error. This is an incredibly tricky but stunning material, it is a real joy to finally launch it in our range.”

Each bag’s label states “…All of Elvis & Kresse’s raw materials have an incredible history and no two products are the same. Our soft brief case combines reclaimed printing blankets with our signature decommissioned fire hose… Salvaging these beautifully unique and durable materials and combining them with highly skilled craftsmanship helps us redefine waste. The packaging, the labels, the linings, are all made from reclaimed materials….”

Half of the profits generated from the revenue of these upcycled bags, which can be purchased from stockists in sixteen countries worldwide as well as online directly from Elvis & Kresse, will be donated to charity.

For detailed product information please visit www.elvisandkresse.com/soft-briefcase

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