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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 - Black


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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Men's Bifold Recycled Tire Wallet


This men's bi-fold wallet is simple, yet rugged and has more than enough pockets to hold all of the necessities.
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