Let’s hope Laura’s passion for upcycling inspires others!
London-based fashion designer, Laura Zabo, has used her own lifestyle choices to influence her creation of a remarkable range of handmade fashion
accessories. Working with discarded bicycle tyres and inner tubes that she saves from a future in landfill. She has developed a visually stunning and environmentally-focused selection of belts, jewellery, dog accessories, guitar straps, handbags, clothing, and home decor that have serious green credentials.
These eco-friendly creations have proven incredibly popular with those who are looking to reduce their impact on our environment – and I can see why. Her innovative creativity is a breath of fresh air in world seemingly obsessed in all that is ‘new’ and ‘shiney’.
Her fashion fusions have proved very popular with vegetarians, vegans, cyclists and fashion lovers who appreciate the ingenious idea and unique items.
Laura says, “The abundance of rubbish is a huge problem for us and our planet, and we need to make more room for ideas that help us to transform the excess, instead of producing more and more. I was inspired by seeing items made by the Maasai for sale in the markets in Tanzania. I realized that I could create fashion that was beautiful but also that would use materials that were destined just to be thrown away, take generations to break down and poison the Earth.
“It’s is not ‘make do and mend’ but rather a couture makeover for something that would otherwise just
Every tyre and inner tube has its own story and no two products are identical – each item is individually collected, retooled and reborn.
Laura is now introducing a new range of sustainable and eco-conscious sandals and shoes which are made out of rejected car tyres and are totally cruelty-free.
These tyres and tubes may have been designed to spend their working life in rotation but, now that they have been saved from the dump, it is their time to shine – now that’s what we call a revolution. From bike lane to high street, Laura Zabo is taking the mundane and making it marvellous; this is high fashion with a low impact.