Creating products from discarded sails has become a large industry.  Recycling used sails is a great environmental effort, and it is fun to think that your bag, placemat or tablecloth has sailed all over the world.

Sea Bags was the first company we came across quite a few years ago that made tote bags from recycled sails.  We love the fabrics, which are mostly Dacron, but can be canvas or Kevlar.  They are tough, beautiful (either white or off-white), very tactile, water resistant and machine washable.

Their bags have hand-spliced rope handles. The numbers, letters, or shapes come in a variety of colors. The company is based in Portland, Maine, and was founded in 1999 by a sailor, Hannah Kubiak.  Prices range from $95 to $150, and the bags come in small, medium and large. They will also take custom orders for particular numbers, up to 4 letters, or specific images.

They have recently added a bath mat, wine bag, coasters, placemats, and a log carrier to their inventory.

To view the items mentioned above, go to “store”, then “view all sea bags”.

This site sells a sailcloth tablecloth in two sizes.  $68 – $88

Angela Adams is a Maine native and owns Angela Adams Design House.  She has designed sail bags, made by Sea Bags for J.Crew.  So, it’s Sea Bags for Angela Adams for J. Crew.  Seems a bit round about, but the three designs are excellent and only available at J. Crew. The J. Crew bags are more expensive than Sea Bags originals, but if you like the style they are worth it.  $198 ea.

Uncommon Goods sells two styles of sail cloth bags that are made in Germany.  The messenger bag style pictured here are $125.

44 Knots sells 3 sizes of recycled sail cloth bags, small, medium and large.  $96 – $165 each.  They come with very appealing designs that we haven’t seen elsewhere.

We love Ella Vickers bags and wrote an article in April, 2009 about her.  She now has retail shops and her business is going gangbusters. She has added director’s chairs, placemats, deck cushions (love!!), spinnaker shower curtains and dog beds, Check out this article at www.asharpeye.com, and her bags at www.ellavickers.com.

If you want to try making things yourself from sailcloth, see Cheryl Hackett-Galvin’s tips in Coastal Living Magazine.