Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Vintage Rubber

English Retreads version of the messenger bag is made from 100% reclaimed inner tubes. I stumbled upon these this morning....it's such a cleaver use of recycled material I had to share immediately

Creator Heather English came up with the idea while floating down stream in an inner tube. A vegetarian she was thinking about wanting a new handbag, durable but not from leather. From this her company English Retreads was born. Heather gets her inner tubes from a truck stop in Boulder near her home. Each has more than 60,000 miles on it before they're re-created. Apparently she has been making these bags since 2001, am I the last to know about this?

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