UK-based designer Sean Miles took old mobile phones and integrated them into designer handbags to create a series called Bags That Talk. As the name implies, the collection of designer handbags also function as phones.
The collection is part of a project by Miles and O2 Recycles. The project aims to show different ways of using old gadgets.
For Bags That Talk, Miles used old LG and Nokia handsets provided by customers of O2 Recycle. Some of the iconic designer bags that he used for the collection included a Chloe shoulder bag, an Alexander McQueen clutch, and a vintage Celine box handbag.
All the bags in the collection are fully functioning. A luxury Mulberry messenger bag, for example, comes with a built-in phone and earphone socket, allowing the user to listen to music or talk on the phone while on the move.
According to a press statement, Miles’s hope is that with this last set of products, people will be more aware of what else they can do with old mobile phones aside from throwing them away.
The aim of the campaign has been to get the public to think again about the waste created by not recycling gadgets so even if a few more people recycle their gadgets I think this project will have fulfilled what we set out to do. While these fun innovations may not be to everyone’s tastes it shows what you can do with recycling mobiles; there are hundreds of other uses that old phones can be put to – from being reconditioned and used again to being mined for their components.
The first collection in the series, Walkie Talkies, featured vintage footwear with old handsets. The second collection, Talk To The Hand, featured gloves.