Derek Redd Launches Crowdfunding Campaign for Gili Bags

Gili Bags are Unique and versatile bags for all sports and occasions made from upcycled billboards and vinyl mesh in Colorado. Made in the USA Never Looked Better.


Vail, CO -- (SBWIRE) -- 05/27/2015 -- Gili means 'Island' in Indonesian. Derek Redd discovered this word a few years ago while training for his divemaster certification on Bali which led him to think up the ideas behind Gili Bags.

That's because there was a void in scuba industry. All the gear bags Derek used for scuba equipment at every shop and on every boat were made out of a cheap black mesh. This inspired Derek to find the most durable and colorful mesh he could. Derek stumbled on some young locals making souvenirs out of banners from surfing competitions. Derek knew he had his material problem solved; he embraced the concept of upcycling and quickly discovered more billboards and banners than I know what to do with once he returned home. Upcycling turns things into other things, which is like magic – but better. It's socially and ecologically responsible.

Like most entrepreneurs, Derek turned a problem into a solution. The problem? What's to be done with over 500,000 tons of billboard that are printed then quickly disposed of year after year? The answer? Gili Bags in different styles and colors.

Derek has an eclectic array of professional and personal skills which he brought to bear in creating three bags for all occasions, each one carefully made with the concepts of sustainability and functionality in mind. Derek is extremely proud to boast that all materials are sourced in the US and each bag is hand-made in Colorado.

Having invested a year of his life to create and perfect the Gili bags. The designs are finalized, prototypes have been made, and Gili Bags are ready for mass production, Crowdfunding is sought to help them in meeting the contract manufacturer's minimums, preventing perfectly good billboards from being wasted and enabling Derek to explore new design possibilities.

This crowdfunding campaign ends on June 8, 2015.

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About Derek Redd
A native of Vermont, he is proud to call stunning Vail, Colorado his home, where he is a ski instructor in winter and white water rafting guide in summer. In between seasons he dabbles in the underwater world as a PADI certified Scuba instructor. In his spare time he can typically be found traveling, paragliding, stand-up paddleboarding or spending time with friends and family, as well as refining artistic endeavors such as woodburning.