The KUMU ZERO wallet is impressive in that every component is recycled or repurposed, leaving a minimal environment footprint. With that foundation, the resulting wallet is impressive, finely finished and cleverly designed.
(if you want to see all the features and how many cards and cash it can hold, please watch the video)
Born out of the COVID lockdowns in Italy, the ZERO wallet was created from an ambitious plan to have a ZERO impact on the environment while creating a very appealing, functional, and easy to use wallet.
The manufacturer is Kumu Designs, and this is the model ZERO. The packaging is clever and is all recyclable. The wallet uses a certified Tuscan leather,
Elastic goes around from front to back with various slots for cash and cards on the exterior. On the interior is a single slot for more cards and or cash. It measures 3.9 by 2.8 by 0.5”. And it weighs 29 grams.
The company recommends up to seven cards, plus folded cash that fits into the exterior slots. I like the separation between cash and cards. The ZERO wallet is being introduced on Kickstarter.
One of the design principles for the ZERO, was that the wallet should reflect your personality through color instead of just brown and black. As you can see from the offered designs on the site, you have many choices, to better reflect your personality. From a quality perspective, it’s designed and made in Italy from a full grain veg tanned classica vachetta leather. The leather is certified from the Vegetable Tanned Leather in Tuscany Consortium.
It meets all the requirements for environmentally certified, as well as ethically sourced type leather as well as an amazing profile for recycled and repurposed material. This is a highly eco-friendly product that uses recycled or repurposed packaging. The leather comes from tannery surplus. It’s not just frontline tanned leather. The elastic comes from discarded stock from Italian footwear companies. The elastic is also DWR treated. DWR stands for durable, wear and repellent, to protect it from humidity, dirt, and UV rays. The thread is also a special wax thread made from post consumable waste.
Despite what you might expect from it’s material pedigree it’s a beautiful wallet. The pricing will be $83 when it finally gets to retail. But in the Kickstarter campaign, you can get one starting at $63. Usability-wise, accessibility is great. And I really like this elastic for security to keep your cash and exterior cards from sliding out.
The top corner openings assist with the card access from the top. You’re able to get into the interior slot without prying the top open. With that, let’s get into the final score. For quality, a 5. Amazing work that went into pulling these materials together. Price, a 2. Features, a 3. Usability, a 4. I love this elastic and what it provides by way of security. And perception a 4. They’ve gone to a lot of work to make this a recoverable and recyclable type wallet. And that gives us a final score of 38 out of 50.