Provincetown Fire Department Hose Tote Bags
Not just another tote, made just for Arcadia.
These perfect beach/book totes are made of heavy duty waxed canvas with thick, extended length leather straps, with every detail thought out. The interior canvas is lined with two pockets, snap closure at the top to keep your goods secured, copper double grommets holding the straps to the bag and two big exterior pockets.
What's with the yellow stripe? That's decommissioned Provincetown Fire Department fire hose. Once a hose fails pressure testing, it typically gets thrown away. That's a real shame both because it's nearly indestructible so it will never degrade and also because it's coated with fire retardant, which is bad for the environment. Janelle and her assistants who make these bags carefully strip down the hose, remove the retardant with a solvent soak, and then repurpose the hose into these amazing, functional and beautiful bags.
Janelle is herself a volunteer firefighter and EMT, and her assistants are all women who are participating in a shelter program for women in abusive situations or in recovery from addiction.
So each bag helps get women back on their feet, repurposes fire hose to keep it out of the waste stream - AND - I donate $10 for each bag to the Provincetown Food Pantry. Each bag comes with a story card explaining what it's made of and who made it, and also includes an extra cotton bag to encourage the purchaser to fill it with goodies for your local fire house.
Bags measure 15.5" wide by 12" tall with a 4.5" wide gusseted bottom. The leather straps extend up 12" from the top of the bag.
Handmade just for Arcadia in North Carolina
NOTE - This fire hose is VERY difficult to source. I have no idea when/if I will get more. Most bags will not have any printing on the hose.