Tire and Poptop Shoulder Bag - ImagineArte
This innovative shoulder bag is made from reclaimed soda pop tops collected at school sites and inner tubes by an artisan group in Mexico. Reduce Reuse and Recycle is a phrase they take to heart in making this flashy bag. The bag has a 44 inch shoulder strap, is approximately 9 inches square, and features a decorative buckle with a magnetic stud behind for closure.
Meet the Artisans
The founders of BIO Imaginarte take the mantra "Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle" to heart. The focus of BIO when it began in 1992 was educating Mexico in the need to protect and restore the environment. Working with women who live in several villages as an aspect of its education efforts, BIO helped designed bags and other functional products that are made from manufactured materials, reusing aluminum pop tops, rubber from tires and plastic billboards, as well as recycling paper and candy wrappers. The women are paid a fair price for each piece that they make, which promotes the beauty of handmade products while addressing one of the main causes of environmental deterioration in Mexico - poverty.