Sarah Agnone

BA in Art & Design




Rove is a brand that upcycles pre-consumer textile waste (PCTW) to create rethought and impactful products. PCTW is a material waste category that gets disposed of by manufacturers after a production run because it is not cost efficient to use. As a case study for the Rove brand, we decided to use PCTW provided by local manufacturers and create a backpack. The research and development of these products intends to advance the future of sustainable production by giving designers and manufacturers insight into the process of upcycling PCTW. Rove products will be moderately priced, durable, and incorporate current visual trends, appealing to a larger audience within and outside of the environmentally conscious community. The backpack you see here is a final handmade prototype and not a commercially ready product. Unfortunately due to COVID-19 our manufacturer was unable to finalize production of our backpack, but we intend to resume with the manufacturing process once it is possible and safe to do so.