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The "It" Bag that Might Actually Be Good for the Earth

Gum wrappers and subway maps get a dose of recycled chic.

By Boonsri Dickinson
May 1, 2008 5:00 AMNov 12, 2019 4:35 AM


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Even Lindsay Lohan has a recycled handbag from Ecoist’s Candy Wrap­per collection. Now that green is in, Ecoist’s family-run business is cashing in too: It makes purses from candy wrappers, catalogs, and now New York City sub­way maps. Here, the $188 Large Port­folio handbag, woven from Luna bar wrappers, was hand-made by fair-trade workers in Mexico or Peru. Part of the proceeds funds a nonprofit organization that helps poor Mexican families build self-sufficient communities, and for every bag sold, Ecoist plants a tree.

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