Made in Britain
Our bags are in Lancashire, UK, by solar-powered machines, out of recycled materials. We guarantee to repair your bag for free, within one year of purchase.
We are proud to be able to say that our Turtleback outdoor swimming bags are handmade just up the road with quality, recycled materials by expert bag makers with decades of experience. The factory has been manufacturing bags for outdoor adventures since 1932.
When we set out designing the bag, finding the right manufacturer was really important. Carradice is based up in Nelson and their factory is full of highly skilled makers who handcraft each bag that leaves the workshop.
If you’ve got a Turtleback yourself, you may have noticed a label signed by the very person who made your bag. In fact, knowing who made the bag means a lot to those who have already purchased a Turtleback:
👏 Thank you Tammy - you made the orange Turtleback bag I bought my husband for his 50th last month. We absolutely love it. Brilliant product, brilliant business 💚
Thanks Sue, I love my bag.
Thanks Andrea for my fantastic Turtleback. It’s great to see it being made in the picture.
Thank you Zaneta, you made my orange Turtleback bag and it’s fabulous! It’s simply one of my favourite things that gets me packed and ready for adventure! A life changer this year and I’m not exaggerating. 🙌 So I am sending gratitude and appreciation for your skill and attention to detail - keep up the great work @swimferal !! ❤️
*The Turtleback bag is a unique protected UK registered design under the Registered Designs Act 1949
The team at Carradice played a vital role in the development of the Turtleback, allowing us to test and refine different elements of the design. Time and consideration went into making sure it was fit for purpose. Being wild swimmers ourselves meant we knew exactly what was required, we just had to work out how to make it a reality.
Made in Britain
Carradice is a member of Made in Britain and we were keen to work with a local company carrying this marque, knowing that they work to the very highest standards. The quality and durability of the Turtleback was critical as we know the bags will be put to the test and face some tough situations — wild swimmers don’t do things by halves and we need our kit to be as durable as we are!
Wherever possible we are keen to support and work with independent, ethically-focused organisations and individuals who align with Swim Feral’s values and outlook. All of our Turtlebacks are made with care and precision — so all you need to worry about is where you’re going swimming next…
Made to last
The Turtleback is a one off purchase made to last, we believe a higher quality product will have a lower impact on the environment in the long term than a product of inferior quality. We hope our bag will be reducing single use plastic bags. (*please note - there may be some tiny needle holes in the fabric of your bag - these are marking out holes made in the making process and in no way affect the integrity of the bag. They will not fray or get bigger in size.)
The insulated mat in your bag is made from recycled lorry tarpaulin which would otherwise go to landfill. It has been throughly treated and washed but may have some residue marks. These may include textured surface where its previously been glued to another piece of fabric, scuff marks or even tiny holes - these are just left over scars from a tough life on the road and do not comprise the integrity of the bag. We like to think scars have character. Each bag is as unique as its owner!
We are looking to use recycled materials wherever possible, not only that but the sewing machines that make your bags are powered by solar energy.
Look after the things you love. The easiest way to clean your bag is to dry it out and brush off any loose mud, for stubborn stains use warm water and a sponge / nail brush or similar. Never use detergent or put it in the washing machine as this corrodes the waterproofing. Always let your bag dry out after a wet adventure - empty out the contents to speed up the process. If bags are left damp for a prolonged period of time they could become prone to mildew. Wipe clean your bag regularly.
If your bag is damaged (we don't mind how or where) within a year of you purchasing it from us, we'll repair it for you, completely free of charge. You'll cover the cost of posting it back to our repairs team, and we'll cover the postage cost to get it back to you once fixed.
We use 100% bio degradable bags for posting and use good old card for labels.
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