Mixing two of Conserve's most popular media, the Breeda Wave bag is made from recycled tires. Topping it off are recycled plastic sheets that have the finish of leather, and form the flap of the bag. The asymmetrical flap on the bag has a hidden magnetic closure. The bag has an adjustable 50 inch suede strap, which is removable with silver metal thumb retractable hooks. The lining of the bag is recycled cotton, and also includes a zippered inner pocket. The Breeda Wave bag is approximately 10.75 inches by 11.5 inches by 3.5 inches.
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.
Depicting a Tree of Life, this piece is handcrafted from steel drums in Haiti. It is 14 inches in diameter and suitable for indoor or outdoor use. Meet the Artisans When you visit Croix des Bouquets, the area of town known for Haitian metal art...
The purse is made with 100% natural wool and non-toxic, azo-free dyes. The hand felting and applique details on this 5 inches by 3.5 inch purse is done by a women's felting business in Kathmandu. Meet the Artisans Walking into the Kathmandu production center’s reception...
This authentic tambourine from Java is beautifully styled with a safe, water-based finish and a colorful woven band. Features a 6-inch wide drum head. Meet the Artisans The Jamtown vision sees people in North America creating music with friends and family. Not fancy rock songs...
This finely detailed beaded peacock is 6 inches long by 6 inches tall, and has a 9 inch tail span. Meet the Artisans Township Art is made across South Africa and Zimbabwe, Pieces in this category are made by a variety of artisans. The beaded...