Designers embrace alternative materials for eco-friendly fashions

When it comes to eco-friendly fashion, more local designers — who create everything from jewelry to apparel — are using unique materials to repurpose into stylish looks. And sometimes the best ideas come from items that are found in the trash.

From discarded to discovered items, we take a look at three area designers who are pushing the limits on recycled designs and using alternative materials like bones, aluminum fence wire and bike tubes.

Converting bike inner tubes into gowns

At first glance, the dresses that Ruth Waddy designs look like leather lace. But Waddy’s edgy look, part of her “Ruthless” line, is actually made from bicycle inner tubes.

She first began experimenting with repurposing the tubes during her former career as a costume designer. Her first bike tube creation resulted in a fishlike costume in which the wearer had to be either carried or scooted away, she says. “But that experience helped me find new ways of using the material,” Waddy says.Read more
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