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Tucked away the back room of an old Belfast flax mill, Charlie Bosanquet is slowly but steadily chipping away at the world’s gigantic carbon footprint. Born into a family of environmentalists, Charlie’s instinctive  approach to life is to tread carefully and clear up afterwards.

Charlie’s business, ‘Belfast Puncture’, may sound more like a car repair garage, in fact it’s a design studio where every item is made from re-cycled bicycle tyre inners.

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Being a keen cyclist and re-cycler, Charlie originally made a single belt for herself out of an old punctured rubber tyre inner, she received so many compliments and requests that ‘Belfast Puncture’ was born.

Charlie began to ask a bike shop owner friend if she could have the old inners and started to explore designs for re-making this previously scrap material into something useful, trendy and appealing.

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After a few years of working out of her own house, she set up a studio and put re-cycling bins into all the bike shops in Belfast so that she now receives a steady supply of inner tubes to satisfy the growing demand for her products.

Charlie designs and makes every item herself from wallets and belts to larger items such as shoulder bags and panniers.

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She also sells patterns of her designs as she strongly believes in sharing her ideas and letting anyone have a chance to create something from nothing.

One of her core beliefs is that every artist has a responsibility to make a statement through their work, for Charlie it’s all about encouraging re-cycling and cottage industry.

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Belfast Puncture products now sell throughout Ireland as well as in London and worldwide through Etsy. One of her main outlets is Spacecraft a well known spot for finding high quality local design and craft which is situated in the centre of Belfast.

Charlie is proud of her home city and feels that her designs have a unique selling  point as a locally Belfast made product.

To see more of Charlie’s designs; www.etsy.com/people/belfastpuncture or visit ‘Spacecraft Gallery’ 9b College street.

This article first appeared in ‘The Ulster Folk’ Issue 7  www.theulsterfolk.com

 

 

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