Whether you’re looking to repurpose something to snazz up your wardrobe, or you want to give back to the planet by making ecofriendly choices, recycling leather handbags is challenging; but it’s something that can be accomplished a few different ways. You can recycle, reuse, or repurpose them, and here’s how.
Recycling handbags is not as easy or straight forward as recycling bottles or cans. Timbuk2 is a manufacturer that actually takes their purses back to recycle the bags themselves. Aside from that, it is difficult to have someone else do the recycling for you. To do it yourself, you’ll have to get creative and either opt to reuse the handbags or take them apart to create new items.
Just because your bag is old to you and you’re tired of it doesn’t mean someone else wouldn’t absolutely love it! Allow others to reuse your old bags by either donating them to a local charity or selling them to a second hand store. Plato’s Closet is a gently used clothing store with locations all over the U.S. They will buy your clothing, shoes and accessories and resell them.
The Salvation Army is also located nationwide and is one of the easiest charities to donate your items to. Feel good about helping others be fashionable while reducing your wardrobe bulk (giving yourself full demonstration of the old phrase “reduce, reuse, recycle”).
If you’re crafty, cut the purse up and use its parts to construct new creations. You can make the straps into pet collars or leashes, or even into belts for yourself. Thin straps can be made into bracelets or watches. Check out this tutorial on how to create your own leather journal. And if you’ve got the tools and the skills, here is a tutorial on making yourself a whole new handbag.