Butler Bag made from Recycled Tires
Giving discarded tires and tubes a new life, the artisans of Conserve India source and clean the rubber and turn it into a functional unisex messenger bag. Accented with a bicycle tire all of the way around, the bag has Velcro patches that securely holds the flap in place. With a long adjustable strap, the bag is perfect for small electronics, papers, and any other mobile office needs.
- Each bag is unique as tire company logos, scuff marks from use, and stripes and sidewall colours, make each bag one of a kind. These imperfections add to the novelty of the bag.
- The bag is lined with nylon fabric with a divided pouch a small pocket and three pen slots.
- The fabric strap with rubber tube on one side can be adjusted to a length of 114 cm with 54 cm from the shoulder to the bag, providing ample length for wearing across the body
- As the bag is made from rubber, it will always maintain a slight rubber smell
- The outside of the bag can be wiped with tire cleaner but the areas with fabric should be avoided
- This is a fair trade product. All persons involved in its production make a living wage.
About the Artisan
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 and discarded tires 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.