- I received CAPEBAG. How do I unpack it?
You´ll find CAPEBAG folded in its bag shape when it comes from the manufacturer. The first time, it only needs a good shake to unfold! Check the video tutorial with Marlene Stach and Christian Lerch.
- How do I fold CAPEBAG back in the bag?
- What is CAPEBAG made of?
The water-repellent sheets are derived from the agricultural sector and are made of cereals. This 1st edition of CAPEBAG is made with custom produced sheets which haven´t been there before with these exact parameters. They are made to be thick enough to be of multiple use, yet thin enough to be compostable in a certified time frame.
- Will CAPEBAG decompose while in use?
The material will show a mild ageing effect over time, but will never decompose while in use. It is more likely that a seam breaks due to high pressure or pulling, than the material itself getting too weak.
- But how long will it last?
The product can last many seasons or even years, when treated with gentle care. Let´s say, you use it occasionally in an urban setting on your way from and to work and during cultural activities. You can easily use CAPEBAG like that for years. Or you buy it for a music festival, wear it 4 days long under pouring rain and with intensity. After such heavy use, the raincape might either be repaired or stay at the festival. And there can be anything inbetween.
- What can I do to prolong the life span?
Wear and care: do not squeeze. Do not store on heating. Do not pull the arm openings hard, they might rip otherwise. Avoid wearing backpacks over CAPEBAG, better wear them underneath. Hang CAPEBAG up to dry after use. Fold back into bag shape or easily hang it on its handles. Use Repairkit, when needed.
We provide round stickers to fix CAPEBAG on the road. As the product is welded with ultrasonic seams and not with a sewing machine, this is the best way to help yourself. Place it on the broken seam or damaged area, press it, and go.
- How to dispose of CAPEBAG after use?
The material is 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: burry it 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 email@example.com
- Where does the material come from?
The biodegradable sheets are made by a packaging film company in Germany (ISO9001 certified).
- Who manufactures CAPEBAG?
A family business in Thuringia, Germany, who, thanks to their expertise and creativity is a key partner to our business now.
- What is the material certification about?
The material is certified OK biodegradable in SOIL and OK compost Industrial (EN13432 and EN14995)- by TÜV Austria, which is an independent organisation.
- How to buy?
For now, you can buy here online on our Website. In Berlin, find it at Pro qm bookstore in Mitte. In the future, our products shall pop up whenever you need them, on festivals, in concept stores, museumshops, bookstores.
Can I return?
- Where do you ship to?
We ship within Germany and Europe. If your country is not listed during checkout, please contact us directly. We are happy to ship outside Europe, in case of a minimum order of 10 pieces. Order together, ship less.
- How do you package?
CAPEBAG itself comes wrapped in its tube collar with handles and can therefore be purchased without packaging. For shipments, we are working on custom mailers for CAPEBAG orders in the exact size of the product. We intend to recycle the scraps from our production facility. Stay tuned for updates. Meanwhile we use available envelopes certified OK compostable and small cardboard boxes for orders of minimum 2 pieces.
- Why do you think bio plastics are a step forward for the fashion sector?
Fashion´s supply chain is oversaturated with synthetic materials and toxic dyes. On top of that, every sock is packaged in seperate virgin plastic bags, “like no tomorrow”. With plantbased plastics, we attempt to offer a much better alternative to waterproof, functional garments which are conventionally made of and wrapped in plastics.
- What’s the benefit compared to recyclable plastic in current rainwear?
Bioplastics are complex by definition- we choose the parametres we find meaningful for healthy and joyful products and transfer the best, currently available sheets to the sophisticated fashion design sector. Recycling plastic is not a great solution for fashion, as one would still wear petrolium-based plastics with toxic additives on their body. Furthermore, microplastic is a problem related to recycling of virgin plastics and not an issue for the actual, biodegradable options.
- Who is behind this?
Weather Underground has been founded by fashion and product designer Verena Michels, who has previous work experience in the fashion and cultural sector. She is supported by communications manager Christian Busch and tax consultant Stephan Theunissen. She regularly collaborates with communication designer Janina Vöcklinghaus (who made Weather Underground´s logo) and punctually with cp! studio. There is a broad, extended network of colleagues, friends and partners. Special Thanks to Sven Kral and family, Stephan Michels, Andrea Álvarez Menéndez, Ines Hecker, Lutz Baumann, Bert Houbrechts, Lesley Schouela.
- Where do you operate?
Weather Underground is currently situated in the fabulous OH Studio in Berlin Schöneberg.
- Where else can I connect with you?
Check out Weather Underground´s profile on Instagram, Not Just A Label and Facebook or send us a message by Email.