Published on June 11th, 2013 | by gatsbyadmin0
English Retreads – upcycled fashion
Just when you think you couldn’t possibly find another reason to love the state of Colorado any more, an awesome little-known company like English Retreads pops up. Based in Boulder, the handcrafted items from English Retreads include handbags, wallets, belts, laptop bags, and keychains, all made from recycled materials – mostly reclaimed rubber and plastic bottle materials – and are all low-impact on the environment, and also 100% vegan.
English Retreads was started by Heather English in the basement of her Nederland, CO home in 2001. The entire concept of Retreads couldn’t be more organic to Colorado – the idea of sustainable fashion came to Heather as she was floating on a rubber inner-tube down Boulder Creek. That simple thought has turned into something much larger these days – the company now has a full staff and has made everything from messenger bags with seatbelt straps and metallic studs to iPod cases to dog collars – all from tires found at local truck stops. Usually, only older tires with more than 60,000 miles on them (with the exception of re-using bike tires) are considered for use as English Retreads.
Most often, the rubber tires come from trucks, bikes and tractors, which goes through a process of being cut, washed & dried, and buffed before being cut into whatever specific pattern is being made, and the majority of products made by this company are almost completely made from the reclaimed rubber. Other than rubber, the inside linings of the bags and wallets, as well as some of the studs and clasps, are all made from PETE, or Polyethylene terephthalate, which is made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. This is definitely a company to pay attention to – being both local to Colorado and completely eco-friendly, English Retreads are an awesome example of being both green and Gatsby.