I recently connected with a lady by the name of Laura Zabo on Twitter and just had to interview her. The most striking thing about her, to me, is how she uses old and rejected tyres to make fashion accessories. Find out how Laura started and enter her giveaway to win a £100 gift card
Interview with Laura Zabo
Q: Please tell me about yourself, what inspired you to start this business, how did you start it?
A: I am absolutely hyperactive and eco-conscious and I love working for myself and have my independence. 3 years ago I moved to Tanzania because I got fed up with the British weather and one day when I was walking at the local Maasai market I found some brightly painted sandals made out of car tyres. The moment I saw it, I knew immediately that it is what I want to do. I fell in love with the idea that functional products could be created out of trash, and I knew that I simply had to share this brilliant idea with the world.
Q: How do you source your products?
A: Sometimes I just collect waste tyres from the local bicycle shops or I ask companies for factory rejects. More than a year ago Schwalbe gave me approx 5k rejected tyres which I used for my latest collection.
Q: How have you found the journey so far?
A: It has been two and a half years now, but it is still really challenging. But I love this mission, I enjoy to create fashion from waste and hope to inspire others to think big, create, and change the world!
Q: What advice would you give to other women who are passionate about something and are considering starting up their own business?
A: Start it, start to practice, even if it’s only a couple of hours per day. You can’t live a robotic and boring life; find the inner creator and your happiness.
Q: Tell me about your products
A: Belts: These belts are made out from Schwalbe rejected tyres. We carefully clean and cut them and choose the right buckle for each tyre. Tyres are very durable because they have been designed to spend their working life in rotation but now it’s their time to shine.
Jewellery: I use waste (rejected or worn) inner tubes for my jewellery. Inner tubes are also called the vegan leather because they look like leather. It’s a fantastic and cruelty-free material for accessories such as necklaces, earrings, bags, purses, and even clothing.
Laura Zabo has been so kind to offer my readers a chance to win a £100 gift card to buy any product(s) from her online shop LauraZabo.com.
All the best everyone!
EDIT 04.04.2018: The giveaway is now over. I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who took part. It was lovely reading all your comments. Laura has been so kind to offer 25% off any products on her website using the discount code SEGI25.