BBC Science Focus

Recycled wallets


Car windscreen­s are lined with something called PVB (polyvinyl butyral) which stops the glass shattering into the passenger cabin in a crash. The material makes recycling the glass tricky, but it turns out that if you scrape it off, PVB can form a durable, biodegrada­ble material that can be processed into something resembling leather. Wallet company Ekster has taken 600 windscreen­s and turned them into 240,000 wallets. Each wallet has a push lever at the base that cascades your cards out of the top, and you can pick up a tracker card that pings your phone with the last place you left your wallet.

Ekster Recycled Collection $99 (£79 approx),

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