OffChutes

Recycled Parachute and Paraglider Accessories

Ashland, Oregon · 836 Sales

OffChutes

Recycled Parachute and Paraglider Accessories

Ashland, Oregon 836 Sales On Etsy since 2012

5 out of 5 stars
(225)

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Barbara

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Announcement   Bamboo Chutes' upcycled handmade items are fashioned from recycled paragliders and parachutes. My goal is to reduce the addition of material to landfills. All my wallets,bags, purses and accessories are made from the incredibly strong ripstop nylon fabric and cords of used paragliders and parachutes. These giant sails or wings that allow pilots to float in the clouds on thermal winds have a lifespan that renders them useless when they can no longer pass their safety inspections. But the gorgeously colored and incredibly durable fabric gets a second life as unique "green" fashion accessories. No two items that I remake are ever identical. I never know what I will get to work with. Each wing has its own story. Own a piece of the paragliding experience.

"Lighten your load and reduce your footprint."

Thanks so much for visiting my shop.

Please add Offchutes to your Etsy favorites and "Like" the Facebook page (BambooChutes) so you can keep up to date with new additions. You can also follow along on Instagram: www.Instagram.com/offchutes

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Last updated on Mar 28, 2016

Bamboo Chutes' upcycled handmade items are fashioned from recycled paragliders and parachutes. My goal is to reduce the addition of material to landfills. All my wallets,bags, purses and accessories are made from the incredibly strong ripstop nylon fabric and cords of used paragliders and parachutes. These giant sails or wings that allow pilots to float in the clouds on thermal winds have a lifespan that renders them useless when they can no longer pass their safety inspections. But the gorgeously colored and incredibly durable fabric gets a second life as unique "green" fashion accessories. No two items that I remake are ever identical. I never know what I will get to work with. Each wing has its own story. Own a piece of the paragliding experience.

"Lighten your load and reduce your footprint."

Thanks so much for visiting my shop.

Please add Offchutes to your Etsy favorites and "Like" the Facebook page (BambooChutes) so you can keep up to date with new additions. You can also follow along on Instagram: www.Instagram.com/offchutes

Barbara

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Barbara

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New Field Notes cover designed using decommissioned paragliders. This cover uses the logo from the glider for interest. Out of the sky and into the field!
Just added this bold tote bag recycled from decommissioned paragliders. It features a top zip closure, lots of pockets and is gravity interfaced for structure.
Red, white and BOLD recycled paraglider wallet.
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About

A Second Wind for Old Wings

Glance up to the sky on a warm summer day in Southern Oregon and you just might be treated to a man-made rainbow. Woodrat Mountain is home to two yearly international paragliding competitions involving hundreds of fliers. Paraglider wings are made up of two layers of fabric connected by a series of open baffles that fill with air to keep the flier suspended and floating on thermal winds. The fabric is ripstop nylon. Ripstop has a grid of metallic threads imbedded in the fabric that gives it strength and rip resistance.
When a paraglider wing can no longer pass the required safety inspections these incredibly large fabric wings are packed off to the landfill. They can no longer be used and must be kept out of the reach of children and uncertified adults.

When a friend mentioned he had decommissioned wings to take to the landfill I had to take a look. These huge flying giants were gorgeous. Bright, brilliant bold colors that hung in the air like bits of fireworks. So different from the matte finish cottons in muted and deep colors that I usually worked with making art quilts and wall hangings.

I deconstruct the massive wings strip and baffle at a time, then wash all the strips and hang them out to dry in the sun. And then the interesting work begins....
What was once dirty, wrinkled and discarded is now transformed into useful, beautiful and fun wallets, bags, headbands, sachets, bookmarks and whatever else strikes my fancy. We can make beautiful things without polluting or damaging the planet.

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  • Barbara

    Owner, Designer, Seamstress

    I have always sewn and painted- embroidery, applique and quilting. I love fibers and fabrics- the colors and textures. I love the fact that fabric allows you to keep adding ideas. And using recycled fabric makes me feel good about it all.

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