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Ekster® : Our Story

Welcome to Ekster, the brand that is reconfiguring the way we carry to reflect the needs of today. We came from humble beginnings, unified by the belief that the perfect wallet exists, we just had to make it. 

 

Meet the Founders

What started as a rag-tag team of dreamers has turned into the biggest smart wallet brand in the world, hauled into success by the crowdfunded support of millions. After meeting in the US, aspiring entrepreneurs (and soon-to-be founders) Olivier and Rick both realized that the stagnant wallet industry was in dire need of some progress. They pitched their idea of a slim, card-focused, technologically advanced wallet to Kickstarter, Richard, and the rest is history. 

 


Our products

Since the beginning, our goal has been to create products that are intuitively attuned to the movements and needs of modern life. If you can control your lights and speaker with your phone, why not your wallet? We wanted to bring this same technology that allows your tech to talk to each other into your most important everyday carry products like wallets and keys. Already over half a million people worldwide are using our ecosystem of connected carry goods.

 

 

 

Our Tech

All our products are designed to help you avoid the annoying stuff, like tracking down a lost wallet after a night out or canceling stolen credit cards. This way, you can focus on what really matters. 

 

RFID blocking

Safeguarding your personal information is one the areas most wallets are lacking in. Most contactless cards are RFID skimmable, meaning the information can be stolen from them in public by holding a reader in close proximity to your wallet or pocket. All our wallets offer RFID-safe pockets for your cards, so you’ll never have to worry about identity theft or RFID skimming. 

 

Tracking capabilities 

The worst thing besides getting your wallet stolen is losing your wallet yourself. We all know that feeling in the pit of your stomach when you remember the last place you saw it was on the bar. To avoid this situation, we created special solar-powered tracking devices, roughly the size of a credit card, that you can use to pinpoint the location of your wallet worldwide. 

 

 

 

Our Materials

When we build something, we intend for it to last. We invest in the creation and discovery of innovative materials, like vegan leather made from recycled windshields and water-saving ECCO DriTan leather, centered around the principles of sustainability, durability and reliability.

 

 

Recycled windshields 

We made a breakthrough in sustainable vegan leather when we created the world's first wallet made from recycled car windshields. In a state-of-the-art recycling process, we are able to extract the PVB present in windshields and transform it into a scratch proof material that is indistinguishable from real leather. 

From each end-of-life car, two kilos of material can be extracted. That means 600 dead cars yield 3000 yards of vegan leather, enough to produce 250k+ environmentally-responsible wallets!

 

 

ECCO DriTan Leather 

We source our leather from ECCO, whose world-renowned tanneries are single-handedly reinventing the way leather is produced. They have devised a new type of leather, DriTan, that saves 25 million liters of water annually, helping to prevent the production of wastewater. They also only use hides that are a byproduct of the meat industry, emphasizing the importance of animal welfare in the industry.

 

 

 

Space-grade aluminum 

Our Aluminum collection showcases the newest addition to the family of materials at Ekster, Space-Grade Aluminum, as in, used by NASA to make a rocket ship, space-grade. The unique properties of aluminum make it ideal for a wallet: it’s incredibly lightweight (⅓ less than steel), it’s rust-proof, it’s resistant to heat, and it’s recyclable. 

 

 


Sustainability 

As some of the biggest polluters, we believe it is essential that businesses do their part to build a sustainable future. At Ekster, we opt to help set the standards for environmentally-friendly business practices, pushing the industry forward as a whole.

 

Solar Panels

It’s a little known secret that we accidentally invented the most powerful solar panels… ever. When we were creating our wallet trackers, we needed something that was really small, super powerful and easy to charge. We ended up inventing the first solar panel that functions perfectly in low, overcast and even artificial light. For 3 hours charging time, you get 2 months of battery. Our solar panel technology is now being put to use all around the globe, helping DHL with parcel tracking, locating lost wallets, and even keeping track of rhinos on a protected reservation! 




B-Corp

Economic growth means nothing without improvements in the welfare of society and the environment. As a B-Corp, we volunteer to be graded by the nonprofit B Lap each year to ensure we are meeting the highest standards of social and environmental performance, public transparency and legal accountability. Learn more about what makes us a B Corp here. 

 

 

 

 

Climate Neutral

By the end of 2021 we will be climate neutral. This means that we will be capable of removing as much carbon from the atmosphere as we produce, leaving Earth a better place. We’re working to get our Climate Neutral Certification by reducing our shipments, limiting the use of plastics in our factories and offsetting emissions with solar panels.

 


 


 

ABOUT EKSTER


Here at Ekster, we're in the business of making your life easier.

We started with upgrading the traditional leather wallet, making it easier to use and harder to lose. Now, we're taking on the rest of your essentials to make each day easier for you.

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