With these totes fashioned from scrap materials, you can now carry on guiltlessly. Who knew there was a second calling for retired airplane seats?
Vy & Elle
Nicola Freegard and Robin Janson let nothing go to waste: The designers craft about 30 styles of bags from old vinyl billboards and have the remains made into floor tiles. vyandelle.com, computer pouch $41. (view photo)
After hunting unsuccessfully for a stylish waterproof pack years ago, Seattle cyclist Eli Reich decided to make his own using a material he knew well: bike tire inner tubes. alchemygoods.com, haversack $98. (view photo)
Artists at this Cambodian collective create bags from comics they clip from newspapers pitched at the French Embassy in Phnom Penh—a French lesson and a fashion statement in one. globalgoodspartners.org, messenger bag $48. (view photo)
Old Virgin Atlantic coach-class upholstery is given new life by this British design firm—the fabric is stripped, dry-cleaned, and then repurposed as limited-edition bags. wornagain.co.uk, Lydia purse $94. (view photo)
Vinyl exhibition banners from Barcelona are turned into chic totes by a trio of eco-conscious Colombian designers. Customize your own by choosing from among 50 signs. demano.net, Marbella bag $90. (view photo)
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The New Jersey recycling firm salvages more than 42 million Capri Sun pouches from schools and factories each year and then stitches them together to produce reusable sacks. target.com, shopping bag $10. (view photo)
If each passenger carried a suitcase that was five pounds lighter, every aircraft in the sky would save 18,000 gallons of fuel annually. Leaving that extra weight behind could also help you skirt the $25 checked-bag fee.