rubber briefcaseby Heather English $158.00 SALE - $79.99
- the story
The standard briefcase gets a much-needed tune-up at the intersection of good design and smart environmentalism. Boulder, Colorado designer Heather English is taking it to the streets (literally), reclaiming the inner tubes from 18-wheeler tires and refashioning them into this stylish, satchel-inspired bag. Roomy enough for your books and files, the bag features a large interior pocket and a removable, adjustable seatbelt strap. With a sturdy top handle and spring hook closures, there's nothing for you to do but keep on truckin'. Made in Boulder, Colorado.
- Item ID
- Made from
- recycled tires
- 16" L x 9.5" H x 3" D
adjustable strap: 25.5" L to 47" L x 1.5" W
- 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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