BusinessWeek has an article about entrepreneurs creating companies using other people’s junk – “Two years ago, Eli Reich was a mechanical engineer consultant for a Seattle wind energy company when his messenger bag was stolen. The environmentally conscious Reich, who rode his bike to work every day, decided that instead of buying a new one, he would simply fashion another bag out of used bicycle-tire inner tubes that were lying around his house. Soon compliments on his sturdy black handmade messenger bag turned into requests. “That was the catalyst,” says Reich, who obtained a business license, gave up his day job, and quickly launched Alchemy Goods in the basement of his apartment building. The company’s motto: “Turning useless into useful.”” [via] – Link.
- Alchemy Goods – Turning useless into useful – Link.
- Homemade messenger bags – Link.
- Homemade Nintendo messenger bag – Link.
- Boombox messenger bag – Link.
- HOW TO – Make a duct tape messenger bag v. 2.0 – Link.
- Recycled Banner Golden Mean Messenger Bags – Link.
- Recycled Rubber – It’s more fun to make a laptop bag from an old wetsuit than it is to buy a new one. MAKE 02 – Page 40 (log in).