Mariclaro to Recycle Your Old Tubes Into Bags

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Heading to the Bicycle Film Festival this weekend in Toronto? Well, don’t forget to bring your old bicycle tubes. Mariclaro is asking for donated old tubes that they recycle into bags.

You will find the Mariclaro Bike Tube Drop Off cart on Thursday, August 19, 2010 at The Mascot — 1267 Queen St. West and Friday and Saturday at The Royal — 608 College St.

Donate your old tubes and they could soon become this:

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Covet: Repurposed Car Parts and Inner Tubes Become Mariclaro Bags

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Way back when I bought my first used car, friends of mine took me to a local scrapyard. We searched for abandoned and forgotten parts to “spruce” up my new ride. Had I had a bit more ingenuity, I may have stripped down the old car seats and removed the seat belts to make beautiful and functional bags.

Thankfully the team at Mariclaro had this fantastic idea and the results are certainly “Covet” worthy.

Cadillac Bags are available here and here.
Lincoln Bags are available here and here.

Now, if car branding and seat upholstery aren’t quite your “bag,” then Mariclaro has something else in the works. Bags made of old inner tubes. Here’s a peek at a bag being assembled and the finished product:

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Mariclaro inner tube bag

For more information about Mariclaro visit their web site, their blog, their Etsy shop or their shop at 457 Roncesvalles Ave. (just south of Dundas West) Toronto, ON M6R 2N4

Mariclaro Re Cycle Design Event

Very cool event at a very cool shop on Roncesvalles:

Mariclaro Re Cycle Design Event

From the Mariclaro web site:

Mariclaro Canada invites cyclists, aspiring designers and all interested individuals to a three-part design workshop to design the perfect courier bag out of recycled and reclaimed materials. Participants will work in groups, teamed up with experienced Mariclaro staff members who will help them to turn their concepts into a final product. And to reward their hard work, each design session will be followed by an after-party featuring local beers and snacks. The parties will be held right at the store and are open to the general public.

The first workshop session will take place on July the 10th at 2pm at our store. Those who register will be grouped into three teams. Each team of six will work together to create a detailed sketch of their design based on their suggestions and ideas. Over the course of the session, teams will consider the way they want their bag to perform, discuss the kinds of features you’d like to see included and take a look at the different materials we have available. At the end of the session, all the resulting work will be displayed and the store will be open to everyone for an afterparty. No registration is necessary to attend this, and anyone is welcome to come in, view the designs and make suggestions for improvement. Food and drinks will be provided, so come out for a great evening!

REGISTRATION: Those who are interested in the group workshop should pre-register before Friday July 9th >>. There is no fee for the event – in fact, participants will be rewarded with a gift certificate towards a Mariclaro bag at the end of the event.

The party starts after 4pm and is open to everyone – no registration necessary.

Go here for more information. Help design a courier bag and celebrate with an afterparty!