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 |  Apr 17 2012, 7:15 PM

With high oil prices upon us once again, automakers are looking to new sources of materials when it comes to vehicle component manufacture.

In Ford‘s case, we’ve seen developments like soybeans used in seat covers, recycled denim jeans for sound deadening, even wheat straw for plastic bins and Kenaf (a tropical, cotton derived plant) used for interior door panels.

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 |  Feb 29 2012, 6:31 PM

Not only does it feel good to recycle, it looks good too, thanks to the launch of MINI‘s Carmina Campus bags.

Part of the capsule collection, the Carmina Campus bags are made from colour samples, material offcuts and other leftovers from the production of the new MINI Roadster. Designed by Ilaria Venturini Fendi (the daughter of Anna Fendi), this bags are the epitome of up-cycling, as the Carmina Campus label only contains re-used or recycled materials.

This line of limited edition travel and city bags for men and women features 50 bags that employee a diverse range of materials that were used to make the MINI Roadster. Styles range from practical business bags and functional laptop cases to trendy totes, using recycled MINI items like interior handles, seatbelts and high-grade leather offcuts. To prove authenticity, each bag in the collection is embroidered with the numbers 1 through 50.

“The MINI Roadster inspired me with many materials, like the canvas from the convertible roofs rejected after tests or the small metal plates obtained from scraps of the car body,” Ilaria Venturini Fendi said.

The bags range in price from €350 to €700 (USD$400 to $933) and can be purchased through 10 Corso Como’s online shop.