Alkeme Atelier is an American brand founded in 2019. The inspiration comes from the ancient science of alchemy and the process of transforming and combining the four elements (earth, water, fire and air) to create something new. This idea of breaking down and rebuilding materials led to producing handbags with plant-based and recycled textiles. The exterior is an innovative vegan leather that is lightweight, water-resistant and composed of mainly recycled fabrics, such as discarded clothing. Utilizing recycled textiles helps to minimize waste and reduce the amount of toxic gases released from garments that were disposed of and would otherwise end up in landfills. The interior is made from recycled plastic bottles, cutting down the amount of natural resources needed for production. Each handbag saves 10 plastic bottles from ending up in a landfill, or eventually, the ocean. Alkeme Atelier plants one tree for every bag purchased. The goal in taking these conscious steps is to help protect the planet and cultivate an ethical and sustainable future for fashion.