It’s good to be environmentally conscious. We have been granted stewardship of this planet, and it’s the only one we’ve got. One way to preserve our resources is by taking the “one person’s trash is another’s treasure” approach, like Alchemy Goods does. Taking their cue from the alchemists of old who sought to turn lead into gold, Alchemy Goods “upcycles” products, turning used items into new products (as opposed to recycling, which makes the same item again and again). In this case, the “lead” is used bike tire inner tubes (400k+ and counting, as of this writing), while the “gold” is a diverse product line that includes items from backpacks, belts, and purses to tablet sleeves, messenger bags, and wallets, as pictured above. All of their items are made in Seattle, Washington, and are built tough to last from inner tubes reclaimed all across the country. Fun fact: The little “Ag” logo on each of their products is more than just a nod to the Periodic Table of the Elements; the small number in the upper right corner of the logo indicates the weight percent of upcycled material that goes into that product – a number which they strive to keep as high as possible. Prices range from the $7 Ag Card Holder to the $168 original Messenger Bag or Mercer 15″ Laptop Bag, with lots of products in between.
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