There was a time when it was leather all the way for me when it came to luggage. Foolish, I know. But the light did dawn, I’m glad to say and now I love to find products that are hand-created from recycled goods.
This is particularly the case when fabulous travel goods are stylish and useful. Not only that, these travel bags are made in India and are part of a greater movement – to draw attention to ecological issues within the country.
Yes, this travel bag is handmade using discarded rubber tyres – the type of tyre we use every day when we travel by car, by bus or by air.
Vimlendu Kumar is the artisan who creates these gorgeous bags. Vimiedu and his organisation, Green the Map, recycle waste products and fabrics that are locally sourced in Dehli. These are then transformed into products such as the bag you see here.
You can see more of his products here. He says:
“Our mission is to encourage consumers to become active citizens in spreading an environmental as well as a social message through their consumer choices.”
The organisation works closely with local people, ensuring that they get a reasonable wage for the crafts they create. By using a product such as this we are helping to sustain those areas and cultures we can travel to and help maintain them for the future.
Our mission is to encourage consumers to become active citizens in spreading an environmental as well as a social message through their consumer choices. Talented tailors and seamstresses also benefit from this project as they earn a good salary in good working conditions and receive further training.
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