Seriously Cool Boots from Recycled Plastic Bags
We've talked about plastic bags fusing before as a way to keep polyethylene bags going, and even pointed you to a tutorial to DIY, but so far we hadn't seen the material applied to footwear and in such an elegant way.
Dacca Boots are the work of Chilean industrial designer Camila Labra, and are made mostly of recycled plastic bags.
The boots (spotted at VeoVerde) are built by fusing several layers of plastic polyethylene bags together to create a thicker and more resistant material to work with.
In order to make them more comfortable and prevent too much heat, their interior is covered with quilted piqué cotton fabric. According to the designer, the boots are impermeable, flexible, light and non toxic.
The line of boots is named Dacca in reference to Dhaka, Bangladesh's capital and one of the cities most polluted with plastic bags in the world (they ended up being banned in 2002).
Only on special orders, they are sold for 22,000 Chilean Pesos (45 USD). More at the designer's website.
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