Kazmok transforms industrial waste into luxury products.
At first glance, the above photo looks like a well crafted leather briefcase. But in fact, these leather-looking goods are made of a material you’d never suspect — recycled industrial conveyor belts previously used at shipping warehouses, postal services, flower distribution centers, and recycling facilities.
Kazmok is a line of stylish and durable bags and accessories developed by Amsterdam-based industrial designer Dinand Stufkens. Motivated to try and produce a premium looking product out of a discarded industrial material, Dinand hoped to offer an elegantly designed bag that as a bonus, keeps waste out of landfills.
Used belts are cleaned by a method similar to a professional car wash with biodegradable soap. Usable sections of the belts, free from holes and excessive surface damage, are then trimmed and sent to a handcrafting facility in the Czech Republic which has a 20+ year history of producing luxury leather goods.
Finished products range from briefcases and luggage to iPad cases and belts.