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About Us

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How it’s made:

  • 1. Sort it.
    Clear plastic PET bottles are collected and cleaned at the sorting facility. Fun fact — To easily remove the labels, the bottles are bathed in acid. Ironically, soda which often comes in plastic bottles, can cause acid reflux in humans.

  • 2. Shred it.
    Bottles are crushed into small plastic flakes. If you happen to enjoy watching parmesan cheese being grated on top of pasta, surely this is also a process you will enjoy watching.

  • 3. Melt it.
    The plastic flakes are melted into small pellets. While they might resemble Tic Tacs, regrettably the pellets do not freshen breath.

  • 4. Spin it.
    The pellets are melted again, then extruded and spun into thread. You know what else melts? Ice cream. And hearts, especially during the adolescent years.

  • 5. Weave it.
    The thread is woven into fabric and dyed. We like to combine colors in order to create the most desirable patterns possible. It’s nice to be desired.

  • 6. Sew it.
    The fabric is sewn together to create (what some would consider) the most stylish bags and accessories known to humankind. Fun fact — It takes 12 plastic bottles to make one Parkland Kingston backpack.

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WE Charity is a worldwide development charity and youth empowerment movement founded in 1995 by human rights advocates Marc and Craig Kielburger. Parkland is proud to partner with We on a limited-edition collection titled The Bees Knees. For every Parkland Bee print bag sold, one dollar will be donated to WE Charity’s Opportunity Pillar, which empowers communities to lift themselves out of poverty using tools such as beekeeping.

From One Hand To AnOTHER Inc. (FOHTA Inc.) is a 501(c)(3) founded by internationally renowned musical artist and producer Pharrell Williams because he believed that every child could be a success if only they had the right tools. While it began as a school supply giveaway at a local park in his hometown, FOHTA Inc. now provides over 1,500 children across the US with summer camps focused on S.T.E.A.M.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics and Motivation). Serving predominantly at-risk and low-income elementary and middle school students, FOHTA Inc.’s “Summer of Innovation” camps integrate project-based learning and mentorship across all of their curricula – all while being 100% free of charge for the families. 10% of Parkland’s online sales from August 1st to 15th 2018 will go directly to supporting FOHTA’s summer camp initiatives.

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