Italian company 959 is recycling seatbelts into classic looking bags (if you don't mind the big buckle). Using 70% or more recycled materials, the woven polyester belts make a strong statment as well as a durable bag. The production process consists of five steps.
1. Fabric research (gathering seatbelts and buckles at the car wreckers)
2. Washing and hygiene
3. Belt cutting
4. Stitching (assembly)
5. Packaging (box)
My initial thought was to recycle seat belts into woven benches and ottomans. Then I found that future products have already been developed in conjunction with Kent State students studying in Florence. No benches yet, but just wait. However, I'm not too keen on the idea of rummaging around wrecked cars for old seatbelts.