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: Recycled Art, Hand-carved Furniture, and Wool Hats with a Mission

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.

Recycled Mixed Media Art by Dolan Geiman

Chicago artist Dolan Geiman uses salvaged wood and found objects to create pieces that are at once rustic and cutting-edge. His “contemporary art with a Southern accent” has earned him national recognition and high-profile clients, such as Fossil.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Geiman’s “greenness” is rooted in an authentic DIY ethic:

Incorporating eco-friendly practices into our business has been a natural process since its inception. For Dolan, the idea of taking things and repurposing them was an ideological current passed down from generation to generation for a family living in a rural community. Years later, having moved to Chicago with a few bucks and a car-load of artwork and supplies, the ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ mantra was a similar economic reality for an emerging artist and burgeoning arts company.

Interpretive Furniture by Gray Works Design

Andrew Gray and Elizabeth Bryant run a woodworking shop in the Catskill Mountain town of Bearsville. Like Dolan Geiman’s constructions, Andrew Gray’s hand-carved  bowls, tables, and plates have a sense with timeless craftsmanship. The handmade style doesn’t come cheap, but each piece is a unique work of art.

In an article on the Etsy blog, Andrew and Elizabeth said their sustainable values are inspired the setting in which they work:

Our love of place informs the objects we create, as well as our strong sense of responsibility to cultivate an environmentally sustainable company. We owe everything to the wilderness where we live and work, so protecting and supporting it is our highest priority.

 

Reclaimed Wool Hats by Bricologable

 

 

Bricologable is the project of a San Francisco crafter “with an underutilized degree in history and an oddly applied degree in fashion design.” The limited edition hats featured in the online shop are made from reclaimed wool, and, better still, 10 percent of the profits go to Muttville, a charity that rescues and advocates for senior dogs.

Green Indie Products of the Month: Upcycled Clothing, Watercolor Art, and Nature Prisms

This is the first in a new 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.

Upcycled Clothing and Luggage by BrightWall Studios

 

 

 

 

 

 

BrightWall owner Erik Taylor of Michigan revives vintage shirts, coats, vests, and suitcases with simple, hand-printed graphics. In his words,

I really enjoy giving new life to old things. It always bums me out when I go into these huge stores and see all this new stuff everywhere, I just always felt we had enough already.

For that thinking, he deserves more green cred than a lot of clothing companies that brand themselves as sustainable.

 

 

 

Prisms and Art Prints by The Wild Unknown

“Inspired by summers spent in the Catskill Mountains and on the shores of Lake Superior,” The Wild Unknown is a line of unique handcrafted pieces by Brooklyn-based artisans Kim Krans, Jonny Ollsin (Kim’s husband), and Gaynelle Oslund (Kim’s mom). Gaynelle’s one-of-a-kind prisms and Kim’s watercolor prints bring nature inside in a fascinating way.