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Fracking good idea: Argentine sisters turn sand bags into handbags

The designers are using oil industry waste to cut greenhouse gases and provide employment

Lucila Sigal

An Argentine fashion firm has found a new source of inspiration, and materials, in an unlikely location: oil industry burlap plastic sacks from the country’s huge Vaca Muerta shale formation, which they recycle to make shoes, bags and handbags.

Founded by three sisters, the firm, Fracking Design, a reference to the controversial process used in oil and gas extraction, takes plastic “Big Bags” used for holding sand, then processes and mixes them with waste leather.

Oil and gas firms in Vaca Muerta, a shale formation the size of Belgium, use thousands of the bags, which for the most part are not recycled, but burnt, releasing greenhouse gases...

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