rubber bifold walletby Heather English $34.00
- the story
Recycle Your Cash
When the tires of 18-wheelers get sent to the Great Landfill in the Sky, the lucky ones actually get rescued and recycled - and are then transformed into handy and handsome wallets like this bi-fold model. Created from 100% reclaimed inner tubes, this bi-fold wallet has a billfold pocket and two slots for credit cards on one side and an additional slot on the other side - in addition to a hidden pocket behind the card slots. It's embellished with decorative white perimeter and pocket-edge stitching. Surface designs are smooth and textured, but no two are alike because the inner tubes vary. Designed by Heather English. Made in Colorado.
- Item ID
- Made from
- recycled tires
- approximately: 4.75" L x 3.5" W
- due to the recycled nature of this item, size may vary.
- the maker
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."
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