A California-based maker of mesh bag products has said it is “working on a product for the homeless.”
The company, MeshBag, launched a Kickstarter campaign on Monday to raise $20,000 to make its first production model of the mesh bag, which it describes as “a bag with an open back and a lid, that can be opened by putting it in a pocket.”
The product has raised more than $8,000, but is not yet available for sale.
It is still available on the crowdfunding site Indiegogo.
“We wanted to make a product that could be a bit more accessible to the homeless, so we decided to take the concept to the next level,” MeshBags co-founder and CEO, Matt Wertheim, said in a statement.
“The result is a bag that has a back that is very comfortable and has a zipper that opens easily.”
The first model is made of a nylon mesh material and can hold a maximum of 16 pounds.
Werthem said the bag will also be available in four colors: black, blue, white and purple.
Wertheim said the company is also working on producing an expanded version, which will be able to hold up to a 20-pound load.
“At this point we’re making a prototype, but we’re also in the process of prototyping and testing the materials and the packaging,” he said.
The company also said it will be launching a limited edition, mesh-emblazoned backpack for the next couple of months.
The founders of MeshBakas said they have heard from people who have been homeless and have had their bags stolen.
“In the past few years, we’ve seen people lose their bags, and we’ve also seen some people get their bags broken, and that’s where we came in,” Wertheman said.
“Our goal is to be able, when people are homeless, to give them a way to protect themselves.”
MeshBag said it started making its bags in 2012 and has sold about 200 million of them.