By  on December 20, 2018

Sustainable practices can take many forms. In accessories, an increasing number of designers and brands have begun experimenting with reclaimed materials — making bags from scraps and objects that would have otherwise been discarded.

Paris-based accessories designer Amelie Pichard has pledged to use at least one new recycled material each year. Presently, she is working with deadstock fabric and hides as well as old wallpaper. The designer has also begun working with eel skins — a food waste leftover from sushi that can be treated to become a sustainable exotic skin that’s prized for its durability. “It’s easy to make beautiful things and I feel like it’s so old school not to pay attention to our planet situation. No designer should continue to ignore it,” she said. “It’s not easy to recycle anything, but life is not made to be easy. You don’t do selfish things just to fulfill your creative desires.”

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