Guest Blog: Indie is the new Green by Jessica Gonacha – Eco Wallets

by guest contributor Jessica Gonacha

Wallet: a place to keep the money that you’re trying not to spend on things like a new wallet…

I saw the CUTEST leather wallet at Youngblood Gallery recently (here in Atlanta) and how I resisted buying it is a real mystery. Anyway, it got me thinking about eco-friendly wallets and after some Internet digging, I came up with a smattering of options for when I’m ready to shell out some dough for a new money container.

This list is by no means exhaustive, but just some of my favorites that are out there in the eco-friendly world of wallets right now.


1. At the top of my list are these Timo wallets. Aren’t they fun? They are made from materials such as recyclable paper, soy ink, post-consumer vinyl, and polyethylene laminant.


2. I also really like these wallets by db clay. They seem to be at the forefront of the eco-friendly wallet scene, and they use a material they developed called Tope, which is similar to vinyl, but contains no PVC, is chlorine-free, and is printed with non-toxic ink.


3. English Retreads creates wallets and hangbags from recycled inner tubes.


4. Rosewebs‘ wallets are made from reclaimed and recycled lawn chair webbing. I love when people use such unexpected materials and are so creative about recycling!


5. Refinding calls their style “trashion,” and they make one-of-a-kind wallets and other products out of a variety of reclaimed materials.


6. Rikrak makes wallets out of recycled vintage fabrics and for just $12, you can choose the fabric and rikrak that you want your wallet to be made of! I love it.


7. These wallets are made from recycled leather belts. I love the vintage-y feel of them! You can find them at Nigel’s Eco Store.

GREEN CHALLENGE: Make your own wallet out of recycled materials! Vintage fabric, recycled paper, a gocco printer and some reclaimed vinyl… so many possibilities! Post your creations in the Indie is the New Green flickr group.

About the contributor: Jessica Gonacha is an artist from Atlanta, Georgia who is endlessly creating. Her work includes paintings, drawings, illustrations, and paper goods and is vibrant, colorful, and charming. Her work can be found on her site, in her Etsy shop and in the Indie Fixx Shop. You can also read more about Jessica and her work on her blog.