Instead of tossing out her old newspapers, Newport Beach resident Lindsey Lamoureux turns them into reusable shopping and gift bags.
Since October, Lamoureux has been selling her handmade West of Camden bags from a kiosk at Fashion Island and, on Saturday, will open a spot at Downtown Disney. Lamoureux launched her business with the help of her husband, mother-in-law and family, who help her collect newspapers and dictionary paper. She carefully sifts through each newspaper, picks a section she likes, folds it into a bag and coats it in vinyl for durability.
"I sift through the stacks of newspapers and look for the sections that catch my eye: for example, a piece of newspaper that talks about food, then I will do a themed shopping bag centered around food," Lamoureux explained. "I basically collage them together with different pieces of the newspaper."
At West of Camden, Lamoureux sells frames made out of recycled newspaper, shopping and gift bags, clutch purses, a large "I Feel Re-Used" tote and T-shirts ranging from $9.95 - $24.95.
"Basically they are bags made out of newspaper, but they don't feel like paper," Lamoureux said. "I have always recycled in my home and so I've always been conscious of helping protect the environment. This is a fun way for me to do it."
The West of Camden kiosk is located outside of the Atrium near the koi pond at Fashion Island. Lamoureux will move into her spot at Downtown Disney, near the ice rink, on Saturday at 5 p.m. through the end of December.
"It's unbelievable, I am so excited," Lamoureux said.
Lamoureux studied fashion merchandising at Long Beach State and worked in the fashion apparel business before launching West of Camden.