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CAPEBAG:
6 facts on innovative  rainwear made in Germany


by Christian Busch

1. What is CAPEBAG and who designed it?


Rainponchos are often petroleum based, unflattering and made for single use. Verena Michels’  joyful response is a reusable, repairable, yet biodegradable rain cape - designed, sourced and manufactured in Germany. CAPEBAG is free of toxic additives.

2. What is innovative about CAPEBAG?


Verena Michels researched biodegradable materials and transfered existing ones from agriculture to fashion. The designer conducted extensive research and testing in order to secure a durable, comfortable and sustainable fashion experience. Also, the designer ensured that all production steps together would lead to a non-toxic product which supports Weather Underground’s vision of a waste free future.

3. How is CAPEBAG’s look and feel?


Among others, the soft touch, pleasant smell and low noise level is highlighted by CAPEBAG users. We all know the crackling sound of thin petroleum based rain capes - it’s not the case for CAPEBAG, as its material is 10 times thicker and smoother compared to conventional rain capes.

4. What is CAPEBAG made of?


The water repellant sheets are derived from the agricultural sector. The material is made of cereals and custom produced by a packaging film company in Germany. The sheets are certified OK biodegradable in SOIL and OK compost Industrial (EN13432) - by TÜV Austria.

5. Decomposing but durable - isn’t this conflicting?


CAPEBAG is thick enough for multiple use, yet thin enough to be compostable. The material will show a mild ageing effect over time, but will never decompose while in use. The product can last many seasons or even years, when treated with gentle care. The durability depends on the specific use case (please find examples in the FAQs).

6. How to dispose of CAPEBAG?


Do you really want to dispose of CAPEBAG? Durable, yet biodegradable patches will be delivered with your CAPEBAG - you can repair parts if needed. However, all materials (CAPEBAG & patches) are certified compostable in industrial compost and biodegradable in soil. If applicable in your area, you can dispose of CAPEBAG in the organic waste bin. Please check your local waste separation rules! Another suggestion: bury CAPEBAG in soil (e.g. large house or balcony plant pot) and have some patience - it takes time, but not centuries. We are curious to hear about your experiences. Email to info@weatherunderground.de

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