All posts tagged: bags

Gifts for Her

A few ideas for the girls in your life … 1. The perfect stocking filler: upcycled fair trade coffee sack purse for make up or pencils $15.00 2. Unique earrings for your loved one made from antique found porcelain $62.50 3. For the fashion conscious, a stylish ‘Mighty Purse’ that charges all smartphones $99.95 4. The ultimate in fashion eco-chic: beautiful tote made from fire hose $275.00 5. For book-loving girls: a bracelet made from the pages of a vintage book $30.00 6. Brighten up a sundress with this bold, chunky necklace made from buttons in Argentina $60.00 7. Everyone needs a multi-purpose carry bag like this one made from reclaimed plastic bags in Cambodia $35.00 8. Every girl loves a bangle, especially one handmade from discarded buttons! $50.00 9. Perfect for students: an upcycled fair trade coffee sack laptop bag $35.00

Interview: Kellie Jackson and Vinyl Records

If anyone thought vinyl was dead, think again! It certainly seems to be alive and kicking in Australia if Kellie Jackson’s business is anything to go by. Not only has music lover Kellie been working fulltime making things out of vinyl and LP records for the past six years but she has recently opened a record shop (yep, you remember those?) and café in her hometown of Newcastle, New South Wales, which is already proving that people of all ages still love a decent bit of vinyl. Kellie is also proof that passion can take you a long way … Tell me about yourself. What is your background? I’ve been in retail for more than 20 years. I was a state manager for a large retail chain up until 2006 when my father passed away. A few months after he died I quit my job and took a break from working for three months. Where did the idea to start ‘Bags A Record’ come from and when? And why records?  After realising you can only do …

Interview: Debbie Watkins and FunkyJunk Recycled

How many times do you say you’d love to make a difference to the world but do nothing about it? Well, enterprising self-confessed ‘high fliers’, Brit Debbie Watkins and Dutch Marc Lansu not only decided to give a little back by volunteering overseas for a year but ended up ditching their old jobs and their old lives to transform Cambodia’s exploding plastic bag population. That was back in the mid-2000s. Now they have a burgeoning social enterprise business based in Chamcar Bei that employs local Cambodians to make funky homewares and accessories using discarded plastic bags, as well as a non-profit travel business, Carpe Diem Travel Limited, that gives international visitors unique and personal tours of the country. Since they began, they have single-handedly (or perhaps multi-handedly!) significantly reduced the numbers of plastic bags that were littering fields and roadsides by more than 200,000. Each bag is carefully washed and dried and then guillotined into strips to make usable ‘yarn’ that can be crocheted into hardwearing and waterproof cushions, baskets, bags, purses. A single floor …

Interview: Elvis & Kresse and their Upcycled Fire Hoses

It’s hard to imagine how a fire hose could be anything other than just that – a bright red, purely functional hose. But an enterprising couple – James Henrit (Elvis) from the UK and Kresse, a politics graduate from Canada, saw through the hose’s tough veneer and discovered a way to upcycle old fire hoses into brand new, beautiful accessories. Sourcing fire hoses from Britain’s fire brigades, they scrub away the soot, grease and grime that builds up after 25 years of active duty and turn the resultant clean, ‘green’ textile into bags, belts and purses. Not only do they give new life to something that was destined for the landfill but they also donate 50 per cent of their profits to the UK’s Fire Fighter’s Charity. And having seen some of their bags in a shop in Bath, England it is hard to imagine that they were ever life-saving fire hoses. Elvis & Kresse have turned the humble fire hose into 21st century leather. While their cornerstone products are the Fire Hose range, they have …