In an effort to chop down on waste within the manufacturing course of, Subaru has collaborated with a Japanese provider to make reusable purchasing luggage out of airbag material. The luggage are made out of surplus materials that is sometimes discarded throughout on the airbag manufacturing unit.
The provider in query is Toyoda Gosei, which is definitely a part of the Toyota Group. The corporate has been round since 1949 and makes weatherstripping, gas tank elements, LEDs, dashboards and consoles along with airbags. It provides a wide range of carmakers and given Toyota’s shut ties with Subaru, the partnership is smart. Toyota owns 20% of Subaru, and so they collaborate on automobiles such because the 86 and BRZ, or the bZ4X and Solterra.
Airbags are woven out of a particular nylon that needs to be flame resistant and impervious to gases. They’re designed to final a very long time as properly, since they’ve to stay useful by means of many heating cycles in a automotive inside for years, probably a long time. Should you’ve ever left a typical polypropylene purchasing bag in your sizzling automotive for too lengthy and had it disintegrate in your fingers, scattering plastic mud all over the place, you realize these so known as eco-bags aren’t actually that eco pleasant.
On account of their mushy materials, the airbag luggage can fold down into a really compact sq. as and include an elastic band to carry the folded sq. collectively. That is useful for storage, as anybody with a trunkful of canvas purchasing luggage can attest to.
The luggage are white however have stripes in both Subaru’s trademark blue or the pinkish-red of the STI efficiency model. They’re additionally designed to have a gap giant sufficient maintain an ordinary Japanese cypress tub and onsen towel, two objects essential when visiting one in every of nation’s many sizzling springs.
Earlier this 12 months, Toyoda Gosei introduced a collaboration with Asics to make sneakers out of airbag material.
The Subaru bag prices ¥2,500 ($18.62 USD), however up to now it is solely out there in Japan.