Green Indie Products of the Month: Audubon-Inspired Art, Upcycled Seatbelt Bags, and a Stylish Bike Tool Carrier

GIPM is back, and it’s as green and independent as before. If you’re new, this series is where I try to curate the coolest work from independent artisans around the web. Great for them and great for you! This month we’ve got creative wildlife illustrations, upcycled iPad cases, and a stylish case for your bicycle tools.

Audubon-Inspired Digital Collages by Jason LaFerrera

Jason LaFerrera is a math and computer science student at Columbia University, but he says his memoir would be titled Should Have Gone to Art School. Inspired by the work of John Audubon, he creates digital wildlife collages. A unique feature is his use of maps; for example, Le Pigeon de Paris is made with historical maps of Paris, and California Grizzly Bear is cut from maps of the Golden State. Prints range from $40 to $250.

Upcycled Seatbelt Bags and Wallets by Interrobang

There are plenty of companies making recycled bags an iPad cases, but Melbourne-based Interrobang combines form and function in a unique way. Part of the fascination comes from taking a completely utilitarian product–a seatbelt–and crafting it into something attractive yet still indestructible. iPad sleeves start at $18, wallets at $20, and handbags at $45.

Mopha Bike Tool Roll by E.H. Works

E.H. Works is a design and development studio specializing in functional, expertly crafted products. Their latest creation is the Mopha Tool Roll, a stylish way to carry your bike gear on the morning commute or the cross-country expedition.

Via Bearings:

[Founder Erica Hanson] told us the Tool Roll was born out

of a desire by a few members of a cycling group, known as Mopha, who wanted a simple and highly functional way to carry their bike tools…She delivered a straightforward form comprised of rolled canvas, leather trim and vintage toe strap that allows for maximum utility. “No more chaffing velcro, synthetic zippers and fabric, and black-hole searches through something manufactured far from home,” says Erica.

Useful, handsome, and well-crafted… Isn’t it interesting that the revival of an “old” form of transportation can inspire classic creativity? This piece of creativity is priced at $44.


I’m always looking for new green products to feature. If you have any tips, go ahead and hit me up @thegreenlens or here.


Green Indie Products of the Month: The New Life of Fire Hoses, Birch Stumps, and Delhi Trash

This is part of a series of monthly posts featuring sustainable and independent brands from around the web. If you want to see your favorite indie seller on the Green Lens, get in touch via the contact page or @thegreenlens.

Firehose Belt x Feuerwear

The green manufacturing scene is hardly short of innovative textiles, but the belts and bags from Feuerwear use a truly original material: retired firefighting hoses. (The German word feuer translates to “fire.”) The fashionably worn look of Feuerwear’s belts is not the result of an artificial “distressing” process but of a hardworking previous life. How else would you be able to tell your friends that your belt helped save lives?

+ Feuerwear

Upcycled Wallet x Holstee

Soon after quitting their day jobs, the founders of Holstee gained Internet fame with their much-reblogged Manifesto Poster. Another signature product, the upcycled wallet, is an accessory with a story.

Working with a family-run non-profit based in India that works to collect, sort and clean what was once litter from the streets of Delhi we were able to create our dream wallet. This vegan wallet is made primarily of plastic bags and newspapers. Production of the wallet helps reduce waste in Delhi, provides fair wage employment and subsidizes healthcare and education for each employee’s family.

If you have a functioning wallet, it’s really greener just to keep using it, but if you’re shopping for a new cash-carrier anyway, these are a hip and sustainable choice.



White Birch Forest Lights and Clock x Urban+Forest







The work of this Rockland, Maine-based studio has a rustic, and sometimes surreal, aesthetic. Urban+Forest’s lamps, coasters, clocks, and wall art are handmade from reclaimed birch. They promise to bring the outdoors into your contemporary space at a surprisingly affordable price. I might have to subtract some green points for the incandescent bulbs, but that design choice is easy to overlook in such beautiful pieces.

+ Urban+Forest