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What is not to love about this eco-friendly banig surfboard bag? It’s made with natural materials, everything is locally sourced, it is locally made, and it’s pretty damn affordable.

“I’ve always been interested in making products that will make the surf world a better place,” Surfer Carlo Garcia tells MB Life on Facebook. Bearing in mind all the things a surfer like him needs, he conceptualized the eco-friendly surfboard bag “focusing on the craft and local materials available.” He doesn’t plan to use plastic in making the bags.

Coming from a family that owned local brands like Cardams, Otto and Itti shoes, Carlo is more than well versed with pattern making and design. In 2010, he put up Carabao, a brand that focuses on handmade and handwoven leather products, as well. He has other businesses supplying native products out of sabutan and banig, which brings him to his latest venture. “I made the patterns myself since I have experience in it. And then I sourced the materials all over the Philippines,” said Carlo, who, for the good part of the decade, has been traveling the country to catch and ride waves.

The surfboard bag—he is mulling naming it Munkee—is made with handwoven pandan leaves, which he sources from Bolinao, hand-dyed sacks, all-natural latex foam. “No glue, cement, or plastic was used,” he reiterates, adding he’s getting help from a local sewer named Annie to create the prototype.

The bag comes in different sizes, from 5’2 to 10 feet, which he plans to sell from P3,500 to about P5,500. “I plan to go independent on this, retailing it first online,” Carlo said.

Pretty cool, isn’t it? Shoot him an email to get yours today! carlogarcia8 [at] gmail [dot] com.

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