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QWSTION Creates a Minimalist Bag Collection Made From Banana Plants

01.06.20 | By
QWSTION Creates a Minimalist Bag Collection Made From Banana Plants

Founded in 2008, QWSTION began in Zürich, Switzerland with a desire to create design-driven products focused on sustainability. The modern bag brand has developed a number of collections over the years, all of which offer functionality and visual appeal, and their latest takes it a step further with a new textile made from banana plants. After years of research spent developing a textile that was durable and sustainable, the Swiss company launched Bananatex® and created a minimalist bag collection around the waterproof fabric.

The Bananatex® fabric is derived from sustainably grown banana plant fibers making it fully biodegradable. The material’s characteristics helped lead the design of each bag with their patterns created to produce the least amount of waste during the cutting process of each piece. On top of its high sustainability, the new material affords QWSTION the ability to design stylish, yet functional bags that fall into a more reasonable price point as opposed to luxury price tags.

To kick off the Bananatex® launch, they created two new bags, the Roll Pack and the Zip Pack, that make up the Minimal Collection, which gives nod to minimalist aesthetics, minimal waste, and maximum sustainability. Both bags come in three color options – All Black, Gravel, and Natural White.

Roll Pack is made from 30 parts, compared to most that are made from over 100 pieces.

The Roll Pack features a flexible roll top closure which allows the bag to adapt to the contents its holding. A large, expandable main compartment contains multiple inner compartments, including a Merino felt-lined sleeve to hold and protect a MacBook Pro up to 15″. The backpack straps are adjustable and its modular handle offers varying carry options.

The Zip Pack is the perfect work backpack containing just the amount of space needed for daily essentials. The water-resistant body includes small and medium inside pockets, in addition to a Merino felt-lined sleeve to hold up to a 15″ MacBook Pro. Like the Roll Pack, the backpack straps are adjustable and its modular handle offers varying carry options.

Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.