A collaboration between Tokaido Shinkansen's sustainable initiatives and ACE LUGGAGE products!
Hard-to-obtain "Tokaido Shinkansen windows" and "Tokaido Shinkansen seat fabric" have been transformed into items that can be used at home. An eco-friendly item approved by JR Tokai has been born.
This is your chance to welcome some of the retired Tokaido Shinkansen N700 series type A to your collection! This product may make your railway life even more fulfilling.
-Connecting travel and daily life. Add a part of the Shinkansen to your lifestyle-
Look at the scenery from the window, relax on the seat, and travel to various places with your suitcase. The Shinkansen, suitcases, and bags are your "travel friends". (*It's just unrequited love)
The theme of this series is "Incorporating the joy of travel into everyday life."
Look at or touch it to turn off the everyday switch and turn on the extraordinary switch. We offer items that will brighten up your everyday life with the Shinkansen.
- Reusing polycarbonate windows as table tops -
The windows installed in regular cars of the Tokaido Shinkansen N700 series typeA are made of polycarbonate, which is characterized by its strength and high transparency.
The window is approximately 1.7cm thick and very sturdy. It is the perfect material for table tops because it has the strength to protect passengers riding the Shinkansen.
The window color is slightly green, which is hard to notice on the Shinkansen. Black edges, rubber, stickers, symbols (some items may not be available depending on the individual) is also a unique charm of dismantled parts. One of the great points about the windows is that they are removed one by one, and what used to be windows with the same specifications becomes a "one-of-a-kind" item, giving it a richer feel.
- Fabric used for Shinkansen seats is reused for stool seats -
The seats of the Tokaido Shinkansen N700 series typeA are made of moquette fabric called "velvet" and are characterized by their high-quality appearance and feel . The pile on the surface is short and brushed, making it resistant to friction .
Keeping its original purpose intact, it was reused as a stool cushion. With the blue color of a regular car, you can enjoy the feeling of riding the Shinkansen even at home.
In addition, the Tokaido Shinkansen N700 series typeA mark on the plate made of birch made in Hokkaido, is placed on the legs of each table and stool as proof that the items are JR Tokai-approved upcycled items made from Tokaido Shinkansen waste materials.
Another attractive feature is that it is extremely light .
From the bedroom to the living room, and from the living room to the study. An easy-to-move product that responds to the feelings of "I want to easily redecorate" and "I want to quickly create my own relaxing space."
The main body is made of "muscle-CARDBOARD", a material that is so light that you wouldn't think it would be able to support heavy objects, yet surprisingly strong, so you can easily lift it with just a little muscle.
Easy to use with one hand
Even if a 120 kg person sits on it, it will not sag.
- Sustainable materials essential for modern times that support windows and seats -
ACE LUGGAGE proposes "muscle card board", a material that is emerging as a new standard. Did you all think, "What is this, cardboard?"
Yes, it is. But this is different from ordinary cardboard.
It is used all over the world as a material that can withstand heavy loads and has high strength as an alternative to wood, steel, aluminum, and plastic in boxes and pallets for packaging heavy items.
This material was created in the United States in the 1950s and has been used as a packaging material in place of wooden boxes. It is an excellent product that can pack heavy and delicate items such as precision mechanical parts such as engines and semiconductors, as well as liquids and powders.
In addition, it is made from unbleached natural materials, and is recognized as a material that does not pose a problem even if it comes into contact with food, making it a pure and solid material.
〈Delicate yet bold hand-made craftsmanship of muscle-CARDBOARD〉
When designers come up with a design, they take into account the various constraints unique to muscle card board, which has excellent strength.
Because it is durable, it has a strong rebound force that makes it difficult to bend, and because it is nearly 1cm thick, there are restrictions on the shapes that can be cut.
We create and verify prototypes over and over again to ensure that the final design is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also easy to assemble, has a durable structure, and is strong enough to support loads.
Don't underestimate it as just a piece of paper. Processing technology is required to neatly bend something with this thickness.
When creating a development drawing that reflects the difference in internal and external dimensions, or when extracting parts cut out from the original sheet, especially complex shapes, corners, and notches that connect parts may be cut, bent, or the surface liner may be damaged. , etc. Therefore, careful work is required.
All assembly is done by hand . When dealing with ``wavy creases'' that occur when folding thick paper, it is important to use the slow and slow movements that are unique to manual work. These are handcrafted products made in Japan , each delicately and boldly shaped.
<Material Characteristics of muscle-CARDBOARD>
□Strong and Kind
When comparing boxes of the same volume, muscle-CARDBOARD can reduce the amount of wood used by 60%* . The main raw material is wood from managed forests licensed by the World Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), allowing for sustainable production.
(*Comparing the weight of the material between a cardboard box and a wooden box using Tri-Wall Pack. According to Tri-Wall research)
□The Reason for Muscle
Unlike regular cardboard, the outer paper (liner) is extremely hard, and the two-layer sheet used this time has approximately 5 times* more pressure resistance than regular cardboard. The main ingredient is virgin pulp, and the secret to its strength is that the fibers are longer than usual. When we conducted a pressure test, we confirmed that it has the strength to withstand a load of over 15,000N .
□Lightness as a Material
When comparing wood and muscle card board in terms of material weight, the weight can be reduced to approximately one-fourth of wood.
(*When comparing the material weight of a cardboard box using Tri-Wall Pack and a wooden box, per 1 square meter of thickness 15mm, wood averages 9kg, and muscle card board 2.2kg. According to Tri-Wall Pack)
□High Quality Recycled Resources
When it is no longer needed, it can be recycled together with general cardboard instead of bulky waste. Regular cardboard uses paper that has been recycled many times, but muscle-CARDBOARD uses virgin pulp as its main raw material, so it can be reused as a high-quality resource .
《N700 series typeA Tokaido Shinkansen window mCB table & stool & coaster》
This is for your relaxing moment. Because it is lightweight, you can easily move it from the living room to the bedroom, or from the bedroom to the study, so you can immerse yourself in your own space wherever you like.
《N700 series typeA Tokaido Shinkansen window mCB table》
There is a shelf space under the window on the top plate where you can place magazines, remote controls, etc. Displaying photos taken from the train window will improve your mood.
《N700 series typeA Tokaido Shinkansen mCB stool》
Due to its compact silhouette, it can also be used as a spare stool when you want to sit down in the kitchen or when you have guests over.
After finishing their role as tables and stools, they can be enjoyed again. The window itself can be used as a picture frame and a photo can be pasted to recreate a real car window.
The stool is placed on the floor. The muscle-CARDBOARD is attached to the bottom, so it is effective on hard floors.
〈Opportunity for Development〉
This project began with the president of our company and general manager K of JR Tokai Shoji Co., Ltd. learning that they were both working on new initiatives and wanting to work on sustainable initiatives together .
ACE LUGGAGE was about to start manufacturing and selling products using a new sustainable material, "muscle-CARDBOARD", and we decided to work on together like "Let's do it!". We have developed an eco-friendly product by combining waste materials from the Tokaido Shinkansen and sustainable materials .
Railways are an environmentally friendly means of transportation , emitting less CO2 than cars or airplanes . Utilizing waste materials from Shinkansen bodies and equipment that have finished their service, we are adding even more kindness through sustainable initiatives .
The Shinkansen is being scrapped and dismantled, with regret due to the cumulative mileage and the birth of a new Shinkansen. We use that scrap material to create upcycled items and breathe new life into them.
As people who are both involved in travel-related businesses, we think about the future of the earth in order to protect travel. It was such a wonderful opportunity.