Rainwear x packaging made of plant-based plastics 

  ︎ A long journey
When travelling in Mexico during rainy season this year, we came across many options for cheap, fossil-fuel-based rain ponchos. This one on the photo was sold for 2€ at the gate into the jungle in Palenque. Inside, after a 15 minutes rain shower, tourists left the single-use ponchos behind in the trees. This is only one example of a widespread, global phenomenon. Cheap throwaway products like single-use rain ponchos and umbrellas seem to be the only practical solution for sudden needs.

︎ On the streets of NYC
Weather Underground makes an attempt to move on from the unreasonable use of resources and generally, plastic pollution. We combine functionality with a reasonable life span and a good eco balance. While producing locally, the products shall be used world-wide,as long as travelling and tourism are possible and as long as unexpected rain showers occur.

Solution-oriented Design ︎

Weather Underground is inspired by the fantastic, timeless Freecut raincoat by Muji. We found this classic style the most practical version of durable rain protection so far: light-weight, water-proof and accessible for people of every age. For about 17€ this product is making much more sense than single-use solutions. And yet, the material is Ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA). (photo: www.muji.eu)

Which design could

be as practical and

democratic as the

Freecut, only more


Packaging people ︎︎
Weather Underground´s Cape Bag is a hybrid of functional rainwear and silky packaging. Plant-based plastic sheets, which
are borrowed from  the agricultural sector, served as prototyping material. The black and white signature look comes with a long collar, shaped like a plastic bag, that serves as a hood and as a bag, when the cape is folded inside. No trims like buttons or zipper, which would not perform the same degradation standard (EN 13432). 

Cape bag will be made with ultrasonic technology in Thuringia. The seams are water-proof and all pieces will be made with care by a family business with decades of experience in innovating packaging solutions.

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