Saturday, August 1, 2009

Candy Wrapper Handbags Are Delicious

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Founded in 2004, Ecoist is literally turning trash into treasure with their line of handbags made from recycled candy wrappers, magazines, newspapers, and granola bar wrappers.

The Daily - Confetti handbag, pictured, is one of their top sellers. They source their materials from developing countries, mostly in Latin America - if you squint at the pictured handbag, you can just make out a wrapper from Mexican cookie and candy giant, Gamesa.

Their pieces are fairly expensive considering they're made from garbage, but they're also handmade, fair trade, and environmentally friendly, so they carry a premium over their less sustainable peers. Also check out their Luna Blue line made from Luna Bar wrappers - super cute gift idea!