By Barbara Kessler
Green Right Now

It seems just a hop and a skip from a reusable shopping tote to a purse made of recycled goods. Yet so often in the past, the recycled handbag or fashion tote was self-consciously slouchy or worse, fussy and over-designed, not to mention overpriced.

Gypsystyle bags seem to avoid these pitfalls. These bags, constructed of 100 percent recycled plastic (turned into a durable nylon-like fabric), are simply designed and feature a selection of perky stripe patterns. They are practical, made large for the market or the beach, or scaled down for business and day use.

And they’re affordable. The Farmers Market bag is $30; the Sleepover Bag (pictured, in Cabo stripe) is $32. The Yogi, perfectly sized to contain your exercise mat, retails for $34.

Thanks to their origins as plastic bottles and containers, these bags also are water-resistant.

Philadelphia designer Noel Cianci, a former celebrity stylist to stars such as Sting, Diana Ross and Scarlett Johansson, seized the idea for Gypsystyle while traveling in India. There she found that people used many discarded things, turning plastics, wrappers and flip-flops into second generation items. She developed Gypsystyle to reuse recyclable plastics, which clog landfills despite their recyclability. Her plan was to create something that was stylish, eco-friendly and travel-friendly (the bags are nearly weightless and stowable).

Gypsystyle products are sold in boutiques, spas and farmer’s markets. See the spring line online at Gypsystyle.

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