Upcycled Checkered Seat Belt Handbag - Conserve
The fusion of recycled material and high fashion never looked so good. The woven seat belts provide an engaging design and set this handbag apart as the perfect green fashion statement. This upcycled seat belt bag is 14 inches long 10 inches high and 4 inches wide with 27 inch seat belt shoulder straps. It is lined with reclaimed denim and has three pockets on the inside, one of which has a zipper.
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.