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In recycled candy wrappers, designers see the makings of a handbag

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Dana Harvey started constructing his seatbelt bags from scrap material, which car companies usually toss, after customers craving eco-friendly merchandise kept making requests. The first batch of 1800 sold out in two weeks. (Courtesy of Dana Harvey)


Australian brand Haul is one of a growing number of companies to create bags out of would-be garbage. Haul, which reuses vinyl billboards to make messenger bags and laptop cases, is planning to start selling its products in U.S. shops this year. (Courtesy of Scott Kilmartin)


Jonathan Marcoschamer's brand Ecoist markets fair trade merchandise creatively constructed from would-be garbage worldwide. This bag, called Kiwi, is made from candy wrappers in Mexico. **Note: Small photo size 1700 X 1700** (Courtesy of Jonathan Marcoschamer)


Already popular in Europe, Swiss brand Freitag, which uses old truck tarps to create bags, is finding increased popularity in the U.S. as concerns about the environment grow. (Beth Hillman / CNS)


Feuerwear, which makes bags from fire hoses, is one of an increasing number of companies to use recycled materials. The German brand is searching for a U.S. distributor. (Courtesy of Martin Klusener)

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As concerns about environmental issues continue to grow, consumers are showing an increased interest in handbags made of recycled materials--from juice containers to old seat belts.