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From Tractors to Runway Passchal Recycled Handbags

Passchal is the first-ever eco-luxury accessory line created from recycled tractor tire inner tubes, and it is fabulous. Created by Angela Greene and Ken Kobrick, an innovator (who doesn’t carry a purse at all) and ex-welder, the operation started in a 900 sq ft home in Virginia and has gained a lot of traction since its 2004 launch.

Passchal collects inner tubes from VA, Ohio and GA tractors, which then undergo a rigorous but environmentally friendly, multi-day cleaning process before being crafted into bags. To date, Passchal has recycled approximately 20 tons of inner tubes creating their line of bags.

The deisgners incorporate vegetable-dyed, chrome-free leather trim and sides to the rubber bags to keep them lightweight and enable the introduction of new colors and textures. Functionality is key in all styles, with special touches including auto-on interior lights, interior and exterior pockets and special compartments for your cell phone, PDA and ipod.

The runway-ready Crunch and Patent Clutch bags comfortably fit a lipstick, cell phone and keys. Now available at Neiman Marcus.

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Written by Courtney Carlisle Bolton

When she isn't writing or in the library, this tech savvy ecophile can usually be found glued to her mobile or macbook ogling the latest gadgets, scouting the newest designs, traveling or out enjoying the Colorado terrain.

Courtney holds two masters degrees in Psychology and Communications and received her BA from Vanderbilt University in Psychology and English. She recently relocated from Los Angeles to Denver, CO where she is pursuing her PhD in Family and Child Psychology.

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