Crowdfunding handbags made from recycled tires

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necessary recyclingIt’s not often you hear about handbags on the Channel 19 blog. (In fact, a search of the term on the entire site yielded only this.) But this item caught my eye for sheer originality — and weirdness, I suppose. And interesting it is, for sure. 

Richmond, Va.-based entrepreneurs Angela Greene, Ken Kobrick and Vanessa Fore are using the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform to “reinvent and grow a unique business designed to turn recycled truck tire inner tubes into high fashion handbags, backpacks and other exquisitely well-designed and rugged carry items,” notes a press release. 

A look at the Kickstarter campaign for the Necessary Recycling venture, which hopes to raise $15,000 by early December (they’d topped $1,500 as of this writing), got under way recently toward acquiring 30 tons of discarded tractor tire inner tubes from around the world. To date, Necessary says, it’s â€ścollected approximately 86 tons of tire inner tubes. Our first 2.5 years were spent searching for an eco-friendly cleaning solution. Thereafter, we set out to acquire all we needed to know about creating durable, yet environmentally conscious, high-quality products.”

Here’s a shot of one of their creations, dad’s baby case: 

dad's baby case

You can check out more via Rewards for contributing to the Kickstarter campaign include some pretty cool rugged utility bags, simple shaving kits/toiletry cases, and other bags. Find more about them via the campaign