Gallery: Top 7 Recycled Fashion Designs of 2012 (Vote for the Most Creativ...


Where do exploded air bags go to die? If you ask Mariclaro, they don’t. The Toronto-based accessories label salvages truck tarps, leather upholstery, seat belts, bicycle inner tubes, boat sails, and yes, exploded air bags, to create a range of road-tested laptop sleeves, messenger bags, briefcases, and backpacks. Of the materials that comprise each piece, roughly 99 percent was landfill-bound, according to co-founders Sven Schlegel and Willa Murray, who intercept the materials within 300 miles of their workshop. (“1 percent is made of notions and our logo, still unavailable in recycled,” Schlegel says.)


We couldn’t include all our refashioned favorites. Drop by our archives for any stories you may have missed.

Leave a Comment

Please keep your comments relevant to this blog entry. Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments.

Please note that gratuitous links to your site are viewed as spam and may result in removed comments.

Add your comments


Sign me up for weekly Ecouterre updates


Lost your password?

  • Welcome to, your online guide
    to the best ideas, innovations and emerging
    trends in eco fashion, sustainable style,
    organic beauty and ethical apparel.

    get the free Ecouterre newsletter

  • follow ecouterre on:

  • The EDUN Runway at New York Fashion Week Was a Brand New Start

  • Ecouterre on Facebook
  • Ecouterre Video

    The Latest Eco-Fashions from the Green Shows at New York Fashion Week

    The Green Shows at New York Fashion Week