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Conserve India - Handbags

Conserve India - Handbags

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 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.  The challenge was obvious: Use high fashion to support better lives for the poorest and a cleaner environment for all.

Today, Conserve India employs and trains hundreds of people from Delhi's most disadvantaged communities to clear their streets of the plague of plastic bag waste.  Once the waste bags are turned into HRP products they are sold for profits which can be spent in those same communities on education and welfare programmes.

By buying a Conserve bag, belt, wallet, shoe, or necklace, you not only get to be a trend setter with a beautiful, funky piece of high fashion - you will also be helping some of India's poorest people, and its environment.
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Leather Label Pouch

SKU: ILL004

Leather Label Pouch


Indian craftspeople used misprinted leather jeans labels in this small pouch. With a zipper closure and a leather loop on the side, this pouch has black nylon lining and measures 9.5 by 6.5 inches
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Recycled Rani Conserve Bag - Red Wine


This Rani Bag is 14 inches wide by 12 inches tall. They are lined with a internal zip pocket and a pouch.
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Small Leather Label Messenger Bag


Indian craftspeople used lots of misprinted leather jeans labels in this small messenger bag. The flap closure is secured by Velcro. Dense cotton fabric strap adjusts to up to 55 inches long. The bag is 13 by 11 by 3.5 inches
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Leather Label Butler Bag


Rethinking one of their popular tire bags, Indian craftspeople used lots of misprinted leather jeans labels to create this functional bag. The flap closure is secured by Velcro. The bag is 13 by 12 inches with a 4-inch side gusset.
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Rover Industrial Seatbelt Tote


This Seat Belt tote is as described made from seat belts. They are 13 inches wide by 11 inches tall.
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Seatbelt Optra Clutch with Handle - Black


This Seat Belt bag is as described made from seat belts. They are 12 inches wide by 6 inches tall.
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Seatbelt Tote with Snap - Beige


This Seat Belt bag is as described made from seat belts. They are 16 inches wide by 9 inches tall.
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Leather Label Butler Bag with Tire


Rethinking one of their popular tire bags, Indian craftspeople used lots of misprinted leather jeans labels to create this functional bag with bicycle tire accent. The bag is 13 by 12 inches with a 4-inch side gusset.
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Men's Bifold Leather Patch Wallet


This mens bi-fold wallet is unique and functional. It is crafted in India by artisans using upcycled leather patches from jeans.
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Large Leather Label Messenger Bag


Indian craftspeople used lots of misprinted leather jeans labels in this large messenger bag. A small security flap hides a zipper pocket on the large flap closure secured by Velcro. The bag is 15 by 12 by 4 inches.
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Macrame Clutch with Tassel, Cream


This cream macrame clutch is the perfect complement to any outfit. The bag has a zipper close and the inside is lined. It features a tassel that is a great design touch. Perfect for day or evening. Dimensions are 9 x 6 x 1 inches.
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Macrame Fringe Cross-body Bag, Cream


Talk about texture! This contemporary bag features wood handles and macrame - expansive yet stylish. The interior is lined and features a zippered pocket. Perfect for day or evening.
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Macrame Bag with Wooden Handle


Talk about texture! Grab this bag for your day around town. Features wood handles and open-weave macrame that is expansive yet stylish.
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Recycled Rubber Round Shoulder Bag


Functional and environmentally conscious! This eye-catching round shoulder bag is crafted from recycled rubber from tires and inner tubes. The interior is lined and includes a zippered pocket and smaller open pocket for your essentials. Closes with a magnetic snap.
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Macrame Handled Bag, Blue

SKU: BCMC208-B

Macrame Handled Bag, Blue


Talk about texture! Grab this bag for your day around town. Features open-weave macrame that is expansive yet stylish.
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Recycled Rubber Round Handbag


Functional and environmentally conscious! This eye-catching round bag is crafted from recycled rubber from tires and inner tubes. The interior features a silky lining with a large zippered pocket and a smaller open pocket for your essentials.
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Firehose Round Shoulder Bag


This round binocular bag is sure to grab attention! Crafted from reused fire hose and silky lining to make sure you have a stylish accessory for all your essentials. Features a large zippered pocket and smaller open pocket for easy accessibility.
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Jean Patch Round Wristlet


Unique and eye catching! This round wristlet is crafted from unused leather jean patches, making each bag truly one-of-a-kind. The interior is lined with denim and features an open pocket for your essentials.
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Macrame Cushion Cover, Rectangular Beige


Classy and contemporary! Add of pop of texture to your favorite sofa with this neutral colored macrame cushion cover. Features a zipper opening for a 19 x 12 inches pillow. Pillow insert not included.
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Jean Patch Round Shoulder Bag


Unique and eye catching! This round bag is crafted from unused leather jean patches, making each bag truly one-of-a-kind. Spacious interior is lined with denim and features a large zippered pocket and a smaller open pocket for your essentials.
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Recycled Rubber Small Round Wristlet


Functional and environmentally conscious! This eye-catching round wristlet is crafted from recycled rubber from tires and inner tubes. The interior features a silky lining with a large zippered pocket and a smaller open pocket for your essentials.
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Firehose Wood Handled White Bag


This bag is hot! This fashionable bag is crafted from reused fire hose and lined with denim. Features an interior zippered pocket for accessibility and polished wood handles. Easy to wash off material makes this a great summer bag!
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Firehose Small Round Clutch with Tassel


Handcrafted from recycled firehose. This is cute round bag features red and white stripes with a green stitch accent. Measures 8 inches in diameter with handles that measure approximate 4.75 inches. Red Tassel Accent.
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Macrame Handled Bag, Coral


Talk about texture! Grab this bag for your day around town. Features open-weave macrame that is expansive yet stylish.
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Macrame Wall Hanging in Blue


Update your wall décor with a contemporary twist on macrame. This wall hanging features a two-tone weave and includes a loop for hanging.
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Tea Sack Messenger Bag

SKU: BCTS603

Tea Sack Messenger Bag


This messenger-style bag is handmade from recycled tea sack material, making each bag truly one-of-a-kind. The interior features a silky lining and includes a large zippered pocket and a smaller open pocket to store your phone or other essentials.
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Macrame Clutch with Tassel, Tan


This tan macrame clutch is the perfect complement to any outfit. The bag has a zipper close and the inside is lined. It features a tassel that is a great design touch. Perfect for day or evening. Dimensions are 9 x 6 x 1 inches.
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Tea Sack Vickey Wallet

SKU: BCTS602

Tea Sack Vickey Wallet


This perfectly-sized wallet is handmade from recycled tea sack material, making each wallet truly one-of-a-kind.
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