Handmade Accessories From Recycled Belts & Doohickeys

Seattle, Washington
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About Greenbelts

Sales 6,148
On Etsy since 2007

I flunked Art in High School.

Oh yes I did! I'll show you my report card. Now, I realize that I'm not a traditional artist - I was just waiting for something to inspire me. One day I found a fabulous leather dog collar that I was more than happy to pay $$ for and my dream started germinating. I've been a wee bit obsessed with recycling for many years and when I held that collar in my hands I knew that I could make it's equal (or better!) out of recycled materials.

It took me years to get going and actually start making them. I was nearing 40, newly married, just had a baby boy and still yearning to "be artistic". I had worked as a corporate graphic designer for a decade before and still felt like I had more to give. 

One pre-holiday season I asked my neighbors if I could borrow their workbench in their basement (our house is teeny-tiny), bought a bunch of belts, buckles & snaps, and set off to make all my Christmas presents that year. Everyone loved them! They went over so well that I thought, maybe, I was on to something.

And so here I am. SO happy to be here. Here's to you Mr 11th grade art teacher - Cheers! ;)

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  • Shannon Ritscher

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    I am a native Washingtonian - born and raised on a rhubarb & pumpkin farm in Sumner WA.

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Last updated on May 10, 2022
Thanks for visiting Greenbelts. Handmade accessories from New American Design and Shannon Ritscher.

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Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
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WORKWOMANSHIP GUARANTEED. All my pieces are punched, hammered, assembled, cut, etc. by hand. If any of my products break (under normal wear), or do-dads fall off, you can send the piece back to me and I will repair it.

NOTE: Leather will stretch and constrict depending on wear. For the collars - if your dog is a water-dog the leather may stretch, discolor or possibly break if it is immersed in water over time. I highly recommend using a nylon collar in this kind of environment. I cannot guarantee my leather collars will hold up completely under these circumstances.

Please note: The leather that I use is recycled/reclaimed and/or reused. It is not new. I try my best to use 100% pure full grain leather in all of my pieces. I will let you know in my descriptions if anything else is used.

Most of my ring bands are made from reclaimed discarded scrap leather. The bands may stretch up to one full size, depending on the thickness of the leather. I recommend selecting a ring based on your ring-finger size.
I ship on Thurs/Fri using USPS first class mail with delivery confirmation (within USA). I will add insurance if you prefer - just let me know before you check out so I can add extra $.

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Additional policies and FAQs
Because the thickness of leather varies, all of my dog collars are measured by the inside circumference when buckled on the first and last hole. Not laid flat. This will get the most accurate fit for your dog.


If you don't have a flexible tape measure... Just wrap a string or something flexible around your wrist, ankle, pet neck, etc. and measure that exact length against a ruler. I'll need this actual (exact) length. Measure to the nearest 1/4" INCH or CM.

Please do not add to it!

I will add the right amount to get you a great fit. So please make it exact and let me do the rest. :)

Wholesale Information:

My wholesale prices are 45-50% off my retail prices. If you have an idea of what pieces you are interested in, I can put together a custom price list for you. I don't have a set list because each piece is one-of-a-kind - when it sells, I'm unable to make a duplicate. I'd appreciate an initial order of $100 or more.

I hope that I can have the opportunity to work with you. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you!

P.S. About consignment: Unfortunately, I'm not able to accept any consignment opportunities at this time.