Posted by: hepowers | July 7, 2010

Ecotex Luggage from Heys

My new Ecotex carry-on luggage

Two weeks ago, I flew to the Maritimes to see my niece married on the shores of the Atlantic. It was a beautiful event and the trip logistics were very smooth, in part, because of my cool, new carry-on bag. This isn’t an endorsement, but because it is made from 100% recycled water bottles, it deserves a mention for its social responsibility.

The bag is made by Heys as part of its Ecotex line, introduced in the fall of 2009. This press release includes a video that shows how the water bottles are broken down into new material.  Independent lab tests show the recycled material is stronger than polyester and for every kilogram produced, one gallon of gasoline is saved which equals the energy saved by turning off 500, 60 watt light bulbs for one day.

The press release also states, ‘EcoTex® is made entirely without drilling for oil, refining oil, transporting oil, or blending oil with other chemicals.’ It’s a bit disturbing to realize how many everyday objects do contain refined oil.

I visited the website of the Need Project, (National Energy Education Development Project), an American organization whose mission ‘is to promote an energy conscious and educated society by creating effective networks of students, educators, business, government and community leaders to design and deliver objective, multi-sided energy education programs.’

Their website contains a report which lists common petroleum products and it was a disappointing education for me to see how many everyday items were included. A few that surprised me the most were crayons, balloons, nail polish, heart valves, guitar strings and toothpaste.

With the recent British Petroleum spill in the Gulf of Mexico, finding products made from recycled materials – thereby reducing the need for more drilling – just seems like a really good idea.



  1. Thank you Helen for taking the mystery out of so many things connected to CSR.
    Heys is a great product and I had been wondering how they were making the “light” line of luggage. I keep picking it up in the store but have not purchased yet. Soon, I hope. So glad you have continuted with your blog. I have learned so much from you.

  2. Thanks for the feedback Sonja! Choosing a new piece of luggage was boggling because there were so many choices but once I saw the label information about the recycled material, the decision was easy. And it is super light – quite easy to toss into the plane’s overhead storage bins. Thanks for visiting.

  3. Very nice website. Glad you are writing about ‘us’ learning to be aware of our carbon footprint!

    I am actually doing research on Hemp and thinking of growing it on the farm. Amazing product.

    Keep up the good work Helen!

    • Thanks for visiting Michelle. I do not know much about Hemp but maybe there’s a future blog topic there!

  4. Hi Helen, I didn’t know this type of luggage existed – what a great idea. You mention that this was was carry-on luggage – it looks quite large in the picture – did you have any trouble getting it to fit in the luggage racks? We’ll have to watch for it next time we buy luggage.

    • Hi Lesley – there was no trouble at all getting it up and into the luggage racks. It meets the size requirements even when you use the zippered one inch expansion option. The beauty of a hard shell is that I can’t overstuff it like my cloth bags! And I found that it makes a handy table for drinks at the airport when put on its side.

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