The automotive sector is not known for a cradle to cradle philosophy. 12 million cars are scrapped each year in the USA alone. However, some eco-friendly brands are putting a new twist on the long-running fashion and automotive relationship. They include Canada-based U.S.E.D, which makes bags from seatbelts and seatbelt buckles.
Upcycling in this way is an inherently regenerative form of design. The trend is gaining ground across fashion-led lifestyle sectors. Other notable car part creations include Platinum Dirt’s jackets, made from the reclaimed seats of high end cars and the Weld House’s conversation piece furniture items.