Announcement   HFR Designs is committed to using only post-consumer plastic bags and other plastic sheeting to create durable, stylish purses and accessories.
Each product is hand crafted with both function and fashion in mind and keeps on average 65 plastic bags out of the landfills where they can take 300 years to break down. One hundred BILLION plastic bags are used in the U.S. each year, yet they are not that easily recycled and are often on the list of things to send to the dump rather than be placed in the recycling bin.
HFR DESIGNS collects bags from a wide range of individuals and organizations who want to make the world a more beautiful place by reducing waste AND promoting STYLE!
Handmade Fashionable Recycled

Announcement

HFR Designs is committed to using only post-consumer plastic bags and other plastic sheeting to create durable, stylish purses and accessories.
Each product is hand crafted with both function and fashion in mind and keeps on average 65 plastic bags out of the landfills where they can take 300 years to break down. One hundred BILLION plastic bags are used in the U.S. each year, yet they are not that easily recycled and are often on the list of things to send to the dump rather than be placed in the recycling bin.
HFR DESIGNS collects bags from a wide range of individuals and organizations who want to make the world a more beautiful place by reducing waste AND promoting STYLE!
Handmade Fashionable Recycled

Heather Fortin Rubald

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I love taking something that is considered useless and using it well.

My obsession with plastic bags began with a comment my mother made several years ago. A friend of hers had given her a purse crocheted out of plastic bags. I didn't give it too much thought at the time, except to suppose that it was probably very ugly. I was quiet happy knitting and crocheting with all the beautiful yarn I had collected over the years. Then one day the yarn ran out and like so many of us, I had a cupboard of plastic bags. Why not see what I could create with them? After all what did I have to lose? After some trial and error, I created a bulky beach bag tote and got a lot of positive feedback. My friends liked the bag but probably even more importantly they were thrilled to get rid of their own cupboard full of plastic bags. Giving their bags to me, knowing that I would use them and keep them out of the landfill soothed their consciences! In the beginning all I had were white grocery bags, and it had taken 45 of them for my first effort. With so many of my friends now giving me their bags I was able to keep on experimenting and growing in the medium. It was my sister that suggested that I begin fusing the plastic and my friends that encouraged me to turn it into a business, so although I am often sorting, fusing, designing and sewing alone, it has felt like a team effort.

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  • Heather Fortin Rubald

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    Heather has been looking for the possibilities in cast away objects ever since she was a kid. She has been working with plastic bags since 2005 and has enjoyed experimenting with the pattern and texture possibilities of the medium.

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Last updated on February 24, 2011

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