From handbags made from the stomach of a cow, leather made from palm leaves, to trendy sneakers with a sole of recycled gum, and jeans that can be leased:  the exhibit “Clean Revolution: Dutch Design for a Better World” will showcase sustainable fashion and design made from reused and recycled products.

Products from around 40 designers will be on display at Westfield San Francisco Centre, September 13 and 14. The designs will provide a showcase of interesting and innovative products, projects and concepts that contribute to a circular economy: no waste and sustainable.

The exhibition is organized by the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands San Francisco, in collaboration with Dutch-based curator Yksi Connect, and is part of the participation of the Dutch government in the Global Climate Action Summit taking place in San Francisco, September 13-14.

“Take Ambition to the Next Level” is the slogan of the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. The exhibition “Clean Revolution” shows exciting examples of Dutch designs that address the challenge to minimize the use of non-renewable resources, create sustainable products, and ideally reduce the waste to zero. One example of doing so is transforming trash into new products. They do this with the typical characteristics of Dutch Design: minimalistic, experimental, innovative, unconventional, and with a sense of humor.

Consul General Gerbert Kunst: “The Netherlands is frontrunner in finding smart solutions for climate action, and this exhibition is a perfect showcase of that. All these designs are made of innovative, recycled or reused materials, reducing their impact on the climate significantly. The surprising products tell a story of shows how consumers can contribute to a circular economy, an economy without waste. It is possible to create products with no environmental impact, and it is possible for climate action and business to go hand in hand. This is exactly what this Climate Summit is about: finding practical solutions to reach the Paris Climate Goals.”

The Netherlands has the goal to be a circular economy by 2050.

Yksi Connect’s curator Leonne Cuppen adds: “Nature is our best teacher. It not only provides us with many useful and renewable materials, but it also has an abundant case of brilliant engineering and design. In the end, nature is the best example of a regenerative, circular system. Achieving a sustainable world does not necessarily require changes in the quality of our lives, nor does it require loss of revenue or extra costs for manufacturers and other economic agents. A circular economy does require another mindset, and these designers show how that’s done.”

The exhibition is open to the public on September 13 and 14, in the Westfield Shopping Center, from 9 a.m. 6 p.m. (free). The Dutch Minister for the Environment will open the exhibit September 13 at 1.15 pm. The exhibition is made possible with the support of Westfield San Francisco Centre and KLM and the help of Union Square Business Improvement District.