In general, I have a strong aversion to carpet. I’ve always felt that wood floors are fundamental to a beautiful interior. But if you must have carpet, Interface has inarguably become the brand of choice for environmentally-minded consumers.

Interface’s veteran product designer, David Oakey, has taken the sustainable values that define Interface one step further, giving carpet scraps another life as handbags. The New Carpetbaggers, as he has dubbed them, are produced in his Georgia design facility, Pond Studios, by in-house employees.

Taken together, these bags don’t make too much of a fashionable impression, though after looking for a while, I began to appreciate a few of them individually. I’m not convinced I’d ever carry one myself, but I applaud the waste-reduction effort.