Wednesday, 28 April 2010

The Volcano bag

No, this is not a belated joke on the back of the unpronounceable Icelandic volcano which caused us Londoners such clear skies and a whole week of peace and quiet.
That story is very last week anyway, and we do at least try to look trendy and ahead of the crowd on this blog.

The Volcano bag, I hear, is the next uber cool accessory, created by Paul Morrison for Elvis & Kresse.
I came across Elvis & Kresse's products recently and am already a big fan of their beautiful products made entirely of waste. They used recycled parachute silk in their Volcano bag. They haven't released a photo of it yet, but you can find it ... yes, you guessed it, at Selfridges from next week!  Although they also list other stockists here.

This is exactly the kind of shop I was after to help me in my quest to dress with a conscience.
What a simple and nice idea: to pair up with artists and design really lovely products from all sorts of waste materials.
A few of my favourite ones:

This is part of their fire hose range, which I love because:
1. they make very clever and creative use of disused British fire brigade hoses;
2. Fifty percent of the profits are donated to the Fire Fighters Charity.

And then they took what was left of the hoses - the couplings - and transformed them in these candle stick holders:

To stay with today's bag theme at Elvis & Kresse, look at what they came up with along with Sainsbury's:

Again, a nice green and fair combo.
The shoppers are made of recycled coffee beans sacks from Sainsbury's, and 10% of the sales go to coffee growers programmes in developing countries. It would be nice to know more details of what those programmes and countries are, but they still win my vote for friendly and clever design.

I may not be an inch closer to finding my ethical dress for Saturday, but I'm spoilt for choice in the bags department.

1 comment:

  1. I love your stories and the way you write - you're so funny! I follow your crusade towards your "ethical dress". Good luck! Cheers, a fan