Phoenx Recycles Fishing Nets, Carpets, and Plastics Into Modular Luggage

11.21.19 | By
Phoenx Recycles Fishing Nets, Carpets, and Plastics Into Modular Luggage

If there was a Tinder for choosing luggage, I would have invariably swiped left for the majority of travel gear proposed over the years, because the truth is most of us settle when it comes to it. Finding a carry-on and/or check-in offering ample and adaptive storage, exterior durability, and maneuverability/ergonomics *and* one that looks good is harder than it seems. Compromise tends to become the rule rather than the exception. It makes Phoenx suitcases an interesting proposition, introducing an oft ignored consideration, with a focus on sustainability as a core feature.

Hinomoto silent-run wheels are considered an industry standard when it comes to smooth rolling wheels; a waterproof zip system and TSA-approved lock are included. A 5-year warranty is also standard.

The London travel gear startup has outfitted the Phoenx suitcase with an outer shell constructed from 100 percent recycled polycarbonate and accessorized with a wide aluminum telescopic handle made with 30 percent recycled aluminum. The interior is also a study in recycling and reuse, with an inner lining made from waste nylon from fishing nets and scraps of fabric/carpet.

Designed to maximize packing space, Phoenx also offers supplemental features like a dividing vacuum-sealed laundry bag and a removable ultra-thin backpack integrated within.

Factoring in the physical toils required of luggage, Phoenx also addresses the occasional need for parts to be removed, repaired, or replaced. Thus, the suitcase features a modular design serviceable with a single tool, empowering a “repair and renew” philosophy, and offering a long view too often ignored by luggage manufacturers.

Phoenx is available in just three colorways, but their ethos is undoubtedly green. Developed in collaboration with the non-profit organization Oceanic Global as an ethical option for eco-conscious travelers, the suitcase represents an applaudable commitment toward sustainable manufacturing and establishing longer lasting relationships between product and customer without sacrificing features every seasoned traveler most desires.

Gregory Han is Tech Editor of Design Milk. A Los Angeles native with a profound love and curiosity for design, hiking, tide pools, and road trips, a selection of his adventures and musings can be found at