designer uses recycled materials
Recycled bicycle inner tubes,
advertising banners and seat belt straps
are just a few of the materials finding their way into a King
County company’s line of stylish handbags.
Seattle-based Alchemy Goods is
the latest company to partner with LinkUp, a King County-created
program designed to increase the use of recycled and reusable
materials in consumer products throughout the Puget Sound region.
Eli Reich founded Alchemy Goods
after his messenger bag was stolen. He created a replacement bag
from recycled materials he found in his apartment. Reich’s
goal was to build a bag that was totally waterproof, looked good
and was environmentally friendly.
Alchemy Goods prides itself on
“turning useless into useful,” and creating products
that are environmentally friendly. Each bag is made from recycled
materials gathered from local bike shops and junkyards. These
items are inspected for quality and cleaned, then assembled by
hand in Reich’s Fremont workshop. A number included with
the logo on each bag represents the percentage of recycled materials,
by weight, used to create the item.
LinkUp works with Alchemy Goods
and other manufacturers in the Puget Sound area to help increase
the use of recycled materials in the manufacturing process. Businesses
in the LinkUp program use recycled materials in the products they
make, or process certain types of recyclable materials for use
Materials used in Alchemy Goods’
bags include bicycle inner tubes, seat belt straps and vinyl mesh
once used in large advertising banners. Original details found
on the materials, such as logos and patches, are left intact to
give the bags their one-of-a-kind look. Alchemy Goods continues
to seek ideas for new recycled materials that can be incorporated
into their products.