I was in desperate need of a new handbag, so I decided to stop in to tart, one of my go-to establishments in the area. Take a look at what I unearthed! It gives the impression of being a sophisticated contemporary pieced leather cross-body bag with stunning orange accent stitching and a zipper when seen from a distance.
Look again. This ingenious and wallet-friendly piece is actually fashioned from repurposed bicycle tubes.
Get Purse & Bags Made Of Recycled Bike Tubes
Donovan Peterson, a resident of Missoula, Montana, is responsible with the conception of these bags as well as a series of bike tube wallets. He was looking for a basic wallet, and after experimenting with and rejecting numerous different designs, he finally came upon one that was built out of recycled bicycle tubes. Even though he had no prior expertise with sewing, he was able to create a superior version and even design a bifold.
Now, Donovan’s business, Retread, which is focused on environmentally friendly products, is producing handbags, wallets, messenger bags, and other products, and he is conjuring up additional ideas. Some of the products are manufactured from recycled bicycle inner tubes, while others employ found materials like billboards and thrift stores. As a result, 95% of the materials used are recycled. My bag’s inside is made out of a wonderful striped fabric that was formerly used as bedsheets.
It’s been almost three weeks since I started carrying about my new bag, and I have to admit that I really like it. It’s the ideal size for carrying my wallet, chequebook, and mobile phone, and it even has a nifty tiny pocket inside for storing my lip balm or lipstick. As a mother of three sons who is always on the move and preoccupied, I am tough on things, but this stylish handbag seems to be up to the challenge. In addition, the price of $30 was reasonable in every way.
If you want your own, hop on over to Retread or tart.
Cycle, recycle . . . I’m there.
Broadway messenger bag
interior — recycled fabrics will vary