Sword and Plough and Sea Bags - Blue Parachute Expandable Top Tote
Sword & Plough teamed up with fellow women-owned company, Sea Bags, to create this one-of-a-kind collection made out of repurposed sails and parachutes! They are proud of their companies’ shared commitment to American manufacturing, repurposed materials, and giving back. Launching this unique bag on the U.S. Navy’s 243rd birthday is the perfect way to celebrate the holiday and this collaboration!
This special limited edition Tote Bag is constructed from white dacron from recycled sails, green recycled military surplus parachute material and hemp rope. The expandable tote has 10 inches of military surplus parachute sewn into the top to give you the extra capacity you need. The parachute closes easily with a drawstring and slips inside the bag when not in use. The recycled sail cloth may show signs of its journeys, making the Expandable Tote truly one-of-a-kind.
Handcrafted from recycled sails and parachutes on the working waterfront in Portland, Maine, USA
Hand-spliced hemp rope handles
Spot clean, hang to dry
Bag Dimensions: 14" W x 14” H x 6” D
Sword & Plough is committed to their quadruple bottom line, which consists of social impact, environmental impact, purpose, and donating 10% of profit or 2% of revenue, whichever is greater, to veteran organizations.
About Sword & Plough:
Sword & Plough has been in the making since our founders, sisters Emily and Betsy, were born into a military family. Living at West Point, sharing Thanksgiving dinners with hundreds of soldiers in mess halls, hearing about her dad’s deployments and research, and watching her uncle, a Marine NASA Astronaut pilot, launch his space shuttle, are just a few of the experiences that inspired Emily to serve as an officer in the U.S. Army.
As a student at Middlebury College, Emily was the only ROTC cadet on a campus of 2,450 — most of her friends had never met someone in the military. After her sophomore year, Emily attended the U.S. Army Airborne School where she met soldiers who spoke of the struggles some of their veteran friends faced while attempting to gain employment after military service.
"From the beginning, Sword & Plough has been about more than just creating bags. We’ve always been excited to create high quality products, but our hope was that these products could be used as a platform to promote change." - Emily Núñez Cavness, Co-founder & CEO
All of these experiences culminated in Sword & Plough's creation during Emily's senior year at college. After listening to an inspiring speech by Jacqueline Novagratz during Middlebury’s first social entrepreneurship symposium, a light bulb clicked on – Emily began to think 'What in my life is often discarded and could be turned into something beautiful with a purposeful mission?" How incredible would it be to repurpose military surplus material into durable and fashionable bags that people could use every day? By incorporating veterans into every stage of the business (from design, to sewing, management, fulfillment, sales, even modeling), we could empower veteran employment. Through its branding and outreach, Sword & Plough could help bridge the civil-military divide. The repurposed bags could be used as conversation pieces and the company could become a platform to strengthen understanding between civilians and the veteran community. Inspired to give back to the veteran community through sustainable fashion, Sword & Plough was born!