The 235 Made For Life bags aim to boost the charity's coffers by recycling former lifejackets

The

Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has launched a new range

of men’s fashion bags and travel accessories made from

decommissioned lifejackets.

The

six-item range, ‘235 Made For Life’, includes a wash bag, messenger bag and

tablet cover, all handmade in the UK using recycled materials from operational

RNLI lifejackets.

Each

item is made from lifejackets worn by RNLI lifesaving volunteer crew members

during real sea rescues; from whistles and toggles to safety webbing and

reflective strips.

The number ‘235′ represents the number of lifeboat stations

from which the lifejackets originated.

Crafted

by hand using the distinctive bright yellow and red fabric characteristic of

the RNLI’s lifesaving kit, the bags have been sustainably designed and each

represents a little piece of RNLI history.

The

Wallet costs £35, the Tablet Cover and Mini Tablet Cover (for e-readers) cost

£40, the Wash Bag and Hip Bag both cost £45 and the Messenger Bag costs £95.

All

profits from the sale of 235 Made For Life items will go to the RNLI charity to

be used to help save lives at sea

The bags will be available online at www.RNLIshop.org from 11 March 2014.