Down with up­cy­cling

These com­pa­nies turn used ma­te­ri­als into items that are trendy and use­ful

The Washington Post Sunday - - TRAVEL - BY AN­DREA SACHS an­drea.sachs@wash­post.com

Bal­lis­tic ny­lon, alu­minum and polypropy­lene have all the fun ex­plor­ing the world while plas­tic bot­tles, ragged flip-flops, used tires and re­tired skate­boards are of­ten left home. Their fate: a one-way trip to the re­cy­cling bin or, even worse, the land­fill. How­ever, cre­ative eco-de­sign­ers have started to pluck items des­tined for the dis­card pile and breathe new life into them as travel goods. Re­cy­cled wa­ter bot­tles are be­ing re­born as shoes and yoga pants, sails as duf­fels and World War II jer­rycans as rolling lug­gage. Con­veyor belts have even evolved from mov­ing heavy ob­jects to hold­ing up droopy pants. Here is a sam­pling of prod­ucts made of up­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als that, in their sec­ond in­car­na­tion, are more than ready for the rig­ors of the road.

LOOPTWORKS

Leather seat cov­ers from South­west Air­lines ex­pe­ri­ence the world out­side the cabin as the In­flight Con­vert­ible Tote by Looptworks. ($185; looptworks.com.)

TEEKI

Salute the sun in Teeki’s yoga gear, such as the Ea­gle Feather Green Hot Pant, which the com­pany fash­ions out of re­cy­cled wa­ter bot­tles. ($72; teeki.com.)

KEN­NETH SCHER/DAN­ISH FUEL

Dan­ish Fuel’s suit­cases orig­i­nally showed up for duty as World War II jer­rycans. ($580; dan­ish­fuel.com.)

PLANETAGS

Mo­toArt trans­forms the skins of re­tired air­craft into PlaneTags, lug­gage tags that de­tail the craft’s vi­tal stats, in­clud­ing its tail num­ber. ($25-$85; planetags.com.)

KAZMOK

Keep your pants up with a con­veyor belt, re­pur­posed for waists. ($79; kazmok.com.)

RAREFORM

Rareform’s Week­ender Duf­fle owes its bright colors and bold pat­terns to bill­board vinyl. ($58; rareform.com.)

SEWN AGAIN

OCEAN SOLE

Wear re­tired flip-flops around your wrists with Ocean Sole’s Tana spiral bracelets. ($20; ocean-sole.com.)

ROTHY'S

Tread lightly — and stylishly — in shoes by Rothy’s, made from re­cy­cled wa­ter bot­tles. ($145; rothys.com.)

SEA BAGS

Old sails find new ad­ven­tures as toi­letry totes from Sea Bags. ($40; seabags.com.)

WOODZEE

Woodzee worked with Maker’s Mark to cre­ate sun­glasses crafted out of oak whisky-barrel staves. ($125; woodzee.com.)

PROOF EYEWEAR

Proof Eyewear gives Cana­dian maple skate­boards a sec­ond life as Payette Skate sun­glasses. ($115; iwant­proof.com.)

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