Recycled Rubber Purses

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Heather English

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Heather English

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"Tireless" Designs

Yes, these cutting-edge bags are actually made of recycled tires - real retreads, rescued form the tires of trucks and tractors from a landfill. So if you're a conscientious consumer, then these purses are an absolute must - the ne plus ultra of recycled goods. The "Mini" (right) is accented with Army Green twill tape handles, decorative cutouts, and metal grommets, while the larger "Model T" (left) comes with actual seat belts for handles and three outer snaps for added security. The "Model T" also features an inside security pocket. Buy two, because everybody needs to have a spare tire! Made in Colorado. Designed by Heather English.

Made in

Heather English got the idea for her recycled purses when she was floating down Boulder Creek on, you guessed it, an inner tube.

"I needed a new handbag but I was a hardcore vegetarian," Heather says. "I wanted something that was fashionable and invincible, but not made from leather."

Heather's search for the bag of her dreams ended at McGuckin's hardware store, where she bought some tools and started her own personal sweatshop, "With me doing the sweating."

After friends started asking for a bag just like hers, Heather knew she was on to something and she began her company full time in 2001.

Truck stops in the Boulder area supply Heather with the used inner tubes-each of which probably has more than 60,000 miles on it before it gets reinvented. "Just think of all the places these tubes have been," says Heather. "Now it's your turn to add to their miles and adventures."

Handmade Recycled
Made from
recycled tires
Measurements
model t (left): 16" L x 9" H x 2.5" D, mini (right): 12" L x 6" H x 2" D
Item ID
14777

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Most of our items are in stock and will ship quickly. Orders for in-stock items placed before 5pm ET Monday through Friday, excluding Federal holidays, will ship:
Economy shipping:
within 8 days, arriving no later than the 9th business day after the order was placed.
Standard shipping:
within 4 days, arriving 5 business days after the order was placed.
Preferred shipping:
within 2 days, arriving 3 business days after the order was placed.
Expedited shipping:
within 1 day, arriving 2 business days after the order was placed.
Express shipping:
will ship the same day and arrive 1 business day later.

These items have been discontinued. When they sell out, they will no longer be available. We apologize for any inconvenience.


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Recycled Rubber Purses
 
4.2

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (18)
  • Attractive (15)
  • High quality (5)
  • Good value (4)
  • Stylish (3)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (3)

Best Uses

No Best Uses
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Practical (9), Budget shopper (7), Stylish (7), High-end shopper (4), Midrange shopper (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (3)

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5.0

Perfect

By 

from New Jersey

About Me Midrange Shopper

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Recycled Rubber Purses:

      Bought this for my eco-minded daughter and it was a hit. Very stylish and well made, I thought the price was very reasonable for what looks to be a durable product. Attractive too.

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      5.0

      Eco-fabulous

      By 

      from Seattle, WA

      About Me Budget Shopper

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Durable
      • Unique

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Gifts
        • Office

        Comments about Recycled Rubber Purses:

        This is my new everyday handbag, I needed it to replace my tiny pit purse as I'd like to carry more items in it. Currently I'm having trouble finding things to put in it but I love it!

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        4.0

        Love it

        By 

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Midrange Shopper

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Attractive Design
        • Durable
        • Unique

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Recycled Rubber Purses:

            Wonderful purse. Never seen anyone with one like it. It's durable, easy to clean, big enough for the basics, but too small to overpack.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Reduce, reuse, recycle!!

            By 

            from Hobart, Indiana

            About Me High-end Shopper

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Durable
            • Unique

            Cons

            • Too Small

            Best Uses

              Comments about Recycled Rubber Purses:

              I did an internet search 2 find these recycled tire purses after reading about them. This is a sturdy tote, albeit smaller than i had imagined for the price point..definitely not a value item but its GREEN-ness earns points!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              3.0

              Eh Not Bad

              By 

              from CA

              About Me Midrange Shopper

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Durable
              • Green accents

              Cons

              • No pocket at all
              • Too small

              Best Uses

              • Around Town

              Comments about Recycled Rubber Purses:

              This bag is very cute however it is very small. I was going to take it to school but in reality, i think all it could fit was my wallet, calculator, and pencil. It also has no pockets and only a single button to close the purse which does little good.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              just perfect

              By 

              from Knoxville, TN

              About Me Practical, Stylish

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attractive Design
              • Durable

              Cons

              • No inner pouch or pocket

              Best Uses

                Comments about Recycled Rubber Purses:

                My doctor advised me to get a smaller purse so i am not carrying as much in it. This was the only one that i wanted, and it's awesome. With only one snap closure, i am not tempted to put a bunch of stuff that could slip out of it, but even at that, nothing ever has. From the moment i saw this, i HAD to have it; and it seems VERY durable, so i'll be using it for a long time to come.

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                5.0

                My Wife Loved It!

                By 

                from Lubbock, Texas

                About Me Practical

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Durable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Recycled Rubber Purses:

                    My wife has always been environmental conscious and this bag hit the birthday gift bullseye. I included a "Green Book" (thats the title) and she was very happy. I promise that I'll be back for more.

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                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Tire Purse

                    By 

                    from IL

                    About Me Bargain Hunter, High-end Shopper, Practical, Stylish

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attractive Design
                    • Durable
                    • Trendy eco-friendly

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Handbag

                      Comments about Recycled Rubber Purses:

                      I use this bag everyday. It fits everything I need to carry for myself and my son. It is trendy and eco-friendly at the same time and I haven't seen anyone else with it.

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                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Great bag!

                      By 

                      from Washington, DC

                      About Me Eco-conscious, Practical

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attractive Design
                      • Durable
                      • Fashionable
                      • Recycled material

                      Cons

                      • Gets hot in the sun
                      • Slight rubber smell

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday purse

                      Comments about Recycled Rubber Purses:

                      This purse is perfect for daily city life - stylish, practical, and made of recycled materials! It has one small inner pocket and has room for everything you need without being bulky. The straps are just long enough to fit over your shoulder, so the purse stays tucked beneath your arm.

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                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      2.0

                      Not what I expected :( ...thin thin thin

                      By 

                      from Fairfax, VA

                      About Me Bargain Hunter, Practical, Stylish

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attractive Design

                      Cons

                      • Not what i expected
                      • Very thin

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Recycled Rubber Purses:

                        I'm not too sure about this product. I was very excited when I saw it online, but was disappointed when it came in the mail. I have a tire satchel that I bought years ago from another company that is made 10 times nicer and can hold anything. This purse looks cool, but isn't made as sturdy as I would have liked. It's very thin rubber. :( For what I paid for it, I expected something of better quality.

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