Lauren Junker and I met in 2000. We were both novices trying out for UC Davis' Club Lacrosse team. What I remember most about Lauren was her strong passion for athletics and wonderful sense of creativity. I wasn't surprised when, in 2006, she launched her company Totally Tubular Designs. Lauren, an avid triathlete, transforms used bicycle inner tubes into one-of-a-kind handbags. Aren't they awesome? Get yours here.
"Looking to be stylishly fashionable, eco-friendly and support the cycling industry? A Totally Tubular bag is 'IT' all in one. These totally cool bags are hand crafted completely from used bike tires and tubes. Bag linings range from discarded leather couches and auto upholstery to used drapery and vinyl. All materials are recycled, and every bag hand sewn, making no two bags alike. All bags are durable, waterproof, and easy to wash. Bags retail between $10-$125." (Road Magazine)