Reclaim Bags by Sophie Postma

One young designer upcycling rubber inner tubes into a collection of classy accessories

Most people would balk at being given “waste materials and innovation” as a jumping off point, but 21-year-old Sophie Postma found inspiration instead. Her line of minimalist clutches, bags and iPad cases are handmade from discarded rubber inner-tube that is then lovingly resurrected to the highest specifications, in a similar approach as Freitag bags, which are cut from used truck tarps. The Reclaim Bags line …

Reclaimed Cleveland

Reclaimed materials from Cleveland's rundown factories saved for new furnishings

By Laila Gohar The city of Cleveland, once an industrial heartland, lost two-thirds of its population in the latter part of the 21st century. Emigration due to loss of manufacturing jobs resulted in 15,000 vacant houses, which are being demolished over the course of the next 10 years. Each year, millions of tons of materials from these demolitions are shipped to landfills by the truck …

RX Made

Chicago's Rebuilding Exchange introduces a line of upcycled furniture with Strand Design

Over the past three years Rebuilding Exchange (RX) has served designers, architects and builders in Chicago as a retail outlet for reclaimed building materials. Since the non-profit’s inception the warehouse has developed a strong reputation for promoting sustainable deconstruction practices and has grown to offer instructional design classes, job training programs and now a line of furniture and home goods. Developed in collaboration with Strand …