Rover Industrial Seat Belt Zipper Tote – Conserve

Made from car and industrial seat belts, this tote with zipper closure is 13 inches wide by 11 inches tall, lined in recycled denim fabric and has an internal pouch for keys. The two seat belt straps are 21 inches long.

 

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Recycled Tire and Inner Tube Messenger Bag – Conserve

This innovative messenger bag is made from recycled car inner tubes and bicycle tires! The bag measures 14.5 inches long, by 10.5 inches tall, by 2.5 inches wide. It has an adjustable strap 22 to 46 inch strap, and features a cell phone pocket, pen holders, and a divider on the inside.Please note that customers who have purchased this bag have said it is not as big as the expected. The measurements are accurate , but the tire rubber is not as fexible as other materials so it may be a tighter fit than a fabric bag of the same size.

Meet the Artisans

Zakale Creations

Born of a desire to reduce India’s mountain of waste, improve energy efficiency, and help some of Delhi’s poorest out of the city’s slums, Conserve India achieves all this by turning plastic bags into high fashion handbags.

Conserve started as a fledgling recycling project but quickly adapted to confront the biggest challenge it was facing, what to do with the thousands of plastic bags that could not be composted or recycled locally.

After much experimentation, the Conserve team hit upon the idea of not recycling, but upcycling by washing, drying, and pressing the bags into sheets.  Handmade Recycled Plastic (HRP) was born and designs for handbags, wallets, shoes and belts quickly came flooding in.  The challenge was obvious: Use high fashion to support better lives for the poorest and a cleaner environment for all.

Highstreet Handbag – Redwine – Conserve

At first glance, one would not believe the Highstreet Handbag was made from garbage. However the trash to treasure transformation complements the elegant beauty of this bag. It draws as many complements as double takes. The bag is lined with a cell phone pocket, and one inside zipper pocket. A sturdy leather flap closes the bag with a magnetic fastener. The handbag is approximately 14 inches wide 12 inches tall and 4 inches wide with two 20 inch handles.

Meet the Artisans

Zakale Creations

Born of a desire to reduce India’s mountain of waste, improve energy efficiency, and help some of Delhi’s poorest out of the city’s slums, Conserve India achieves all this by turning plastic bags into high fashion handbags.

Conserve started as a fledgling recycling project but quickly adapted to confront the biggest challenge it was facing, what to do with the thousands of plastic bags that could not be composted or recycled locally.

After much experimentation, the Conserve team hit upon the idea of not recycling, but upcycling by washing, drying, and pressing the bags into sheets.  Handmade Recycled Plastic (HRP) was born and designs for handbags, wallets, shoes and belts quickly came flooding in.  The challenge was obvious: Use high fashion to support better lives for the poorest and a cleaner environment for all.