Recycled Car Seat Belt Shoulder Bag
These Fairly Traded shoulder bags are made entirely from recycled car seat belts and are sure to be a real talking point amongst your friends!
The bag is created by a team of traditional tailors and is of top quality.
The car seat belts which have been recovered are sorted and thoroughly washed (using water and detoxicated cleaning detergents). The seat belts chosen are dark grey and a cream / light beige, creating the attractive two-tone lattice effect you can see in the product image.
A car seat belt shoulder strap is then securly attached - the result is a chunky, strong and robust bag.
Inside, the specification is high quality. The bags are fully lined with a plain, black polyester material. There is one, large main compartment and a smaller zipped one, suitable for purses, wallets, keys etc. There is also a small pocket designed to hold your mobile phone. There is a zip closure to the top of the bag for extra security.
These Fair Trade recycled car seat belt shoulder bags have been handmade with lots of attention to detail by skilled artisans in India.
Dimensions - width 30 cm x height 30 cm x depth 8cm approx. The shoulder strap is adjustable and has a maximum drop of 60 cm from the top of the bag.
Thanks to Anita Ahuja, whose pioneering work transforms used materials into trendy textiles, beauty can still be found through recycling unwanted products.
The non profit organisation Anita established in Delhi in 1998 is named Conserve and comprises teams of people who reclaim plastic bags, car tyres, seat belts, denim jeans and other unwanted materials left on Delhi`s streets and deliver them to her workshop, where they are sorted and washed. Together with a team of traditional tailors, the Conserve staff cut and sew the non woven fabrics they create, producing fabulous fashion accessories for the western market.
It would be easy to mistake Conserve for a fashion label or a brand of sustainable textiles, but the products themselves are only a by-product of what Anita set out to do. Her aim wasn`t just to recycle Delhi`s unwanted products, but to help the rag pickers, a community of people that are the weakest and poorest in Indian society.
An average rag picker earns $25 a month. A rag picker working for Conserve will earn on average $70 a month. But even with a better wage, no one would be happy to stay in this work, and Conserve is not content to leave its workers at the bottom of the employment pile.
Many of them have limited access to education and health benefits, but the people who Conserve support are able to send their children to school and maintain a stable household.
Our recycled car seat belt shoulder bag is made by Conserve artisans.