If someone offered to sell me a piece of old fire-hose, I'd probably turn them down in an instant, but a gorgeous bag made from condemned fire-hose that would otherwise be buried in landfill, then that's a different story indeed.
And that's how this story begins, with me becoming a proud owner of a stylish bag made from rubber hose that was once used to put out fires across the UK.
The designs are the hot property of Elvis & Kresse (Eako), a very progressive eco business that turns industrial waste into luxury sought after accessories. I first discovered them while researching gifts for a Recycle Now article last Christmas and couldn't wait to find out more. Although decommisioned fire-hose is at the heart of many of their products, the designers also create fabulous accessories from other materials too, including waste coffee sacks, scrap sail cloth, used air traffic control flight strips, repurposed opticians' boxes, reclaimed pewter, parachute silk and decommissioned office furniture textiles. Even their packaging is made from reclaimed or end of line materials.
Stocking up on lovely and useful accessories must have been the key thing on my mind on Saturday, as I was also tempted in the direction of the Onya Bags stall to pick up a roll-up back-pack made out of recycled bottles from Dan, who looked quite at home at the Fire Station with his VW Feuerwehr camper van.
After my little spot of retail therapy I also partook in some heavy reuse action myself, which involved five firefighters and some hydraulic machinery. It was both terrifyng and exciting, and you can find about it at my new personal blog here.
That's right...it's a whole new blog, revealing all sorts of mischief and musings that currently feature in my life. With so much happening at the moment, sometimes a girl just has to take a break from the bin and you could say, it's got off to a bit of a "cracking" start. To see what I mean, just follow the link below:
And after reading the tale, if you're tempted to help support the Firefighters who risk their lives to save others, it would be great if you could make a contribution to the Fire Fighters Charity at my justgiving page that I set up for the Eco Fair. I'm appalling at trying to get sponsorship, always preferring to give than ask, but I've learned this is a cause worth nagging for, So if you can spare a couple of quid, please pop over to www.justgiving.com/buryecofair, where your kindness will be much appreciated.
And as for me, after such a hectic weekend, I know a pair of feet that are still in need of an emergency rescue. So with a cup of tea in hand and a stool as a footrest, for the moment it's over and out!