TRASH TO TREASURES
What to wear while you reduce your carbon footprint
When it comes to eco accessories, finding products that do good and look good can be tough. (Anyone remember bottle-cap earrings?) Lucky for us, these three brands--all repurposed from industrial materials--prove you don't have to sacrifice taste to go green:
British eco-outfitters Elvis & Kresse give new meaning to the phrase "keep calm and carry on" by transforming decommissioned fire-brigade hoses into remarkable bags and belts. This vibrant diamond-patterned clutch ($250) and posh cummerbund ($60) put out flames in a previous life but make for red-hot accessories in this one.
Sailor-turned-handbag designer Ella Vickers takes the spirit of the high seas inland with her ocean-durable totes, duffels and cosmetic bags--all of which are constructed from reclaimed sails. Equally lovely is her nautical home decor, including these numbered placemats ($20 each) and deck pillows ($98).
After searching in vain for jewelry with a masculine edge, architect Ron Radziner decided to make his own. His industrial-fragment cuffs and rings are crafted in the same office where he designs prefab Los Angeles homes. We adore the women's standard bronze bracelet ($220) and know a few good men worthy of this elemental ring ($120).