Recycled Seatbelt Beehive Handbag
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- Button closure
- Zippered interior pocket
- 9" H x 12" W (22.9 x 30.5 cm); 27" L strap (68.6 cm)
- Handmade in and fairly traded from India
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December 19, 2013 - Pros: Sturdy seat belt material, pretty gray and silver color scheme, wide strap, stylish wrap design. Cons: (1) Bottom of bag sags, rather than remaining mostly flat like my previous purse, the Recycled Seat Belt Handbag. (2) Bottom of bag doesn't have little metal "feet" the way my Recycled Seat Belt Handbag did. (3) The big one: The top of the bag GAPES open constantly! Even when the little strap is closed -- and it closes with a very weak magnet that's constantly popping open -- there are huge gaps at both ends of the purse where items could easily fall out or even be pickpocketed in a crowd. I don't feel this purse is at all secure, and I plan to donate it and look for a new purse somewhere else. To be honest, I'm surprised at a $42 purse that doesn't close properly. My fault for not reading the product description better: it doesn't say anything about a zipper to close it, since there isn't one.
Artisan: Conserve India
Over a decade ago, Anita and Shalabh Ahuja left their comfortable life and careers to launch an environmentally savvy idea that helps reduce trash in the city while helping poor women find opportunity. With their life savings and extreme dedication, the couple launched an amazing concept that started as a 'green' project but quickly developed into much more. Conserve India creates purses and other products from recycled plastic bags gathered from trash heaps and is a source of hope for low-caste women who are desperate and homeless, giving them the opportunity to grow through education and employment opportunity. Conserve now employs and empowers over 300 low-caste women who were without employment opportunities before the non-profit group was established.
Conserve has developed an impressive system of production for their products. Women gather shopping bags from the dumps of New Delhi and bring them back to the shop where the plastic is thoroughly cleaned, dried, and then fused together by a process developed by Shalabh. The fusion process creates a durable fabric that is sewn into an array of accessories ranging from bags to day planners.
The women of Conserve have refused to leave their lives to fate. In India's extreme poverty, many are forced to sift through the rubble to find shelter or food to survive. Conserve has created some hope amongst that urban waste; because of Conserve, many of these women now have a greater potential for a better living, an education and a new life.
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