The Paris Wallet - Conserve
This stunning wallet is made from recycled plastic bags. In addition to keeping this plastic out of landfills this project fights poverty in rural parts of India. The wallet has 5 credit card pockets and a transparent slot for a drivers license. It has 4 non-zipper inside pockets for cash and receipts a zipper pocket for change as well as an outside pocket. Like all good wallets it could double as an evening clutch if you are traveling light. The outside flap closes with a magnetic clasp. 8 inches wide 4 inches tall 1 inch wide.
Meet the Artisans
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.