Hi! My name is Kristy Kokkinou from Greece and I am making jewelry and accessories out of inner tubes.
They look like leather but they are not!
Inner tubes are a waterproof and durable material. Since used inner tubes are not biodegradable, I think that the best and most creative way to use them in order to protect the environment is to upcycle them.
They are all cut and sewn by hand and are totally environmental friendly.
The inner tubes are very carefully cleaned and sterilized. They have been washed several times in order to be very well cleaned and with no rubber smells.
It is a difficult and long lasting procedure until the final piece but it is worthwhile and makes me so happy at the same time!
I think its the point where environmental consciousness meets art!
More info: Etsy