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Durable Luggage & Travel Accessories

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Nike Grind Luggage is a series of resistant, semi-hard-shelled luggage items designed to add value and longevity to recycled Nike Grind Materials.

Well-constructed luggage can last the average traveller 10 years or more, keeping the material out of the eco-system for longer.

Although outside of the remit of this Challenge, it is imagined that every item would come with a returns scheme to allow the luggage to be recycled again.

Not pictured, but also desired as part of the range would be a range of soft, textile-based travel-wear.

Company / Organization Name (if applicable)

Daniel Hiscoke (individual)

Which Nike Grind materials will your idea utilize?

  • Rubber Outsoles
  • Rubber Flashings
  • Rubber Granulate
  • EVA Foam Injection Scraps
  • EVA Foam Flashings
  • EVA Foam Sheets & Blocks
  • EVA Foam Components
  • Footwear Fiber "Fluff"
  • Full Grain Leather Scraps
  • Split Leather Scraps Coated
  • Synthetic Leather

How specifically will these materials be incorporated into your solution?

I have undertaken some research into the reclamation of similar materials by processes of regrinding and refinement into pellet form, for remoulding of certain components. however, experimentation is needed to find out if some of the materials can be used directly in methods such as high pressure compression. There may be additional materials required such as metals and hinges although work can be done to reduce or remove these types of components if desired. Potentially at the expense of longevity. Section attachments will be made by sewing and no glues or adhesives need be used for construction of the range. As suggested, to add details with regards to the use of materials: The "hard" shell; I would be looking to create a blend of EVA and rubber off cuts by further refining both materials into a granular form to find the combination which yields the highest tensile strength. I would be using a hot compression moulding machine, 200 tonne to form rigid sections but I imagine further lamination might be required to seal the material sufficiently. a higher rubber content might resolve this inherently. This part I imagine would be a similar process to that which creates Nike sports surfaces and mats. The inner foam lining and colourful outer trim will use a higher concentration of EVA with the colourful sole foams added as a distinctive style feature. Again a form of heated compression would be attempted to create these absorptive formations. These can be stitched and or riveted to the outer shell sections. The wheels may be the most difficult to create in an echo friendly manner as I don't think the rubber granules can be returned to a liquid form. So they would be used to add bulk to other resin or perhaps natural latex mouldings to form colourful, smooth and impact resistant wheels. For smaller rigid elements (feet and guards) I would like to try cnc milling solid blocks of compressed rubber. Large enough Leather scraps could be used to cover handles.

Please include a visual (can be either 2D or 3D) representation/prototype of your concept. (required)

The following is a video demonstrating hot and cold compression moulding of EVA for shoe soles. We use similar machines to mould UREA into sockets & switches.

What is the current stage of development of your idea?

  • Research & Early Testing

Describe your target market. Who will benefit from your product?

Anybody who likes to travel and remain conscious about the environment would benefit from and enjoy using a range of recycled luggage.

How will you scale your idea? Please describe in detail your plan to scale your concept.

I think the idea that the journey of Nike footwear doesn't end at the death of the shoe but that the material can continue travelling again and again is a very accessible marketing concept. To this end; visual media promotions such as bill boards, Television and internet video ads could generate good levels of interest in the initial phase of launch. Quite readily complimented by activities such as celebrity endorsements and product placement; luggage is something most of us are familiar with and will posses, often becoming objects of desire if particular associations can be attributed to the product. If successful, I could imagine personally undertaking a statement voyage with the first production case with the aim of travelling something like the average distance travelled by the sum-total of the shoes involved in making the case.

How is your idea innovative?

Particularly useful will be the shock absorbing nature of this palette of materials for luggage. Further innovations will surely be discovered when testing the manufacturing methods envisioned for this range. This video demonstrates a method for recycling plastic foam to a raw and reusable form. Can this be applied to EVA to allow us to mould rigid parts? Perhaps in combo with with rubber granules? Does this method create microplastic pollution?

What inspired this idea?

A recent trip to Asia coincided with finding this challenge. Naturally, in ports, airports, stations and hotels, luggage was all around me most days.

Tell us about yourself and your team. What is your background and experience?

Product Design Manager for a leading electrical accessories manufacturer in the UK. 7 years industry experience and an MDes in consumer product design. A keen interest in future tech and space travel.

In what city are you located?


In what country are you located?

United Kingdom

What is your legal / organizational structure? (if applicable)


Please describe how becoming a Top Idea will support the growth of your concept.

Becoming a top Idea would allow access to materials to attempt to make small-scale versions of the luggage ideas using scaled-down manufacturing processes in order to prove the concept. I believe i have access to the resources needed to begin such processes. The prospect of creating my first components is exciting and i wished i'd had time to start already.


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Hi Daniel Hiscoke ,

Great to see you in the Challenge! Could you please provide more content for the submission question, "How specifically will these materials be incorporated into your solution?" How might you begin to turn the raw Nike Grind materials into your final product? What might that process look like step-by-step? How might you begin the prototyping process?

With the deadline fast-approaching at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, please ensure all of your final updates are completed by then.

Excited to learn more!

Photo of Daniel Hiscoke

Lauren Ito I've added some detail to my text entry and would love to have had the time to illustrate the process since your comment... I am sorry I didn't in my original upload. Perhaps in the next phase? ����

Thank you for your feedback.

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