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This designer uses ‘off cuts’ of cows to make handbags, purses

There’s a lot of waste that comes with using leather to create handbags and purses, but designer Victoria Ledig is one of the few who is using the parts of a cow that are usually discarded by leather manufacturers: the ears, tails, faces and lower legs. Usually these ‘off cuts’ discarded and send off ‘to be used in dog food’.

Ledig realized that ‘only the torso is used in the leather industry, and from that, only the perfectly homogenous parts’. Having learned this, the designer says, ‘I thought that was a pity. I wanted to make a connection with what leather is and where it comes from, in a positive way’. Cow ear makeup bag, anyone?

Via Fast Co. Design

Tails, ears, faces and lower legs are used in Ledig's collection
Tails, ears, faces and lower legs are used in Ledig’s collection
Usually these cuts are discarded by leather manufacturers
Usually these cuts are discarded by leather manufacturers
Ledig used cow ears in some of her designs
Ledig used cow ears in some of her designs

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Rachel Oakley is an Aussie writer based in NYC with an obsession for the creepy, cool and quirky side of life. She’ll remind you she’s a vegan every chance she gets. Her IG is filled with doggo pics: @patty_pottymouth