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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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.


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