Review: English Retreads: elephant’s favorite “mindful” laptop bag on the planet. (Eco, vegan, fair labor/Made in USA)

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on Apr 30, 2010
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English Retreads’ Reincarnated “Bentley Luxe” Laptop Bag

Next time you roadtrip, visiualize your tires and their inner tubes housing your next wallet or laptop bag. That’s what Heather English, a longtime friend of elephant’s, did back in the day. And English Retreads was born.

I’ve used their wallet, and abused their wallet (made out of tires) for years, and it looks brand-new (though it’s already on its second life).

Purchase here (it ain’t cheap, but the materials are built-to-last). Bonus: shipping is free for ER products at this pricepoint. Styles:

Here’s the press release. I’ve cut out the flowery language, and just left in what I can personally back up myself:

Who knew that a laptop bag could be practical, eco-friendly and offer cutting-edge style?

English Retreads turns recycling eco-chic vegan handbags and accessories handcrafted in Boulder, Colorado. The Bentley Luxe is made from repurposed rubber and recycled PET, and expands a growing line of English Retreads vegan totes, clutches and accessories, which combine to make a high-impact fashion statement with low impact on the environment.

The Bentley Luxe accommodates 17” MacBook or 15” PC laptops in a padded and secured compartment; additional features include specialized inside and outside zippered pockets and adjustable padded shoulder strap. Reclaimed tire inner-tubes are given new life as the external material for the eco-bag and five internal color options of Scarlet Red, Quarry Blue, Jet Black, Apple Green, and Pumpkin are available using a 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottle PET material.

Heather English: “we are excited to lead the market in innovative repurposed raw material use.”

A daily reminder of your contribution to reducing, reusing and recycling—all while looking good!

For more on English Retreads, go to

With thanks for notes to our friends at Refresh Agency team / Adriane Little


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5 Responses to “Review: English Retreads: elephant’s favorite “mindful” laptop bag on the planet. (Eco, vegan, fair labor/Made in USA)”

  1. Adam says:

    I ordered my bag without the water bottle holder. Without the external compartment gives the bag, IMHO, much cleaner and more mod lines. Just the way I like it!

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