ENVIRONMENT
02/28/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Roadkill Jewelry: Is There A Sustainable Way To Use Animals In Clothing?

What would you say if I told you that jewelry made from dead animal bits had a chance with environmentalists?

There are three pretty common reactions among green types when the topic of animals used in clothing or accessories comes up: one, they're cool with it; two, they're grossed out; three, they're opposed to it on every level.

Not too long ago, I was a little weirded out by the idea of shaving one's pet cat, keeping the fur and making a very personalized sweater or purse from it. (To refresh your memory, here's a video.)

(Read on, then take the poll!)

And not long before that, I read the startling claim that fur coats are "eco-friendly." That had a lot of green folks seeing red, presumably including Anne Sullivan, who blogged here recently about who did and didn't wear fur to the inauguration.

But I don't think I've ever seen somebody turning roadkill -- that is, animals that have already died -- into something wearable. Brian Merchant at Treehugger found this one:

Let the ethical debates begin. Most of us agree that killing sometimes-endangered animals strictly to use their parts for fashion accessories or high end garments is deplorable. But what if the animal is already dead?

Amy Nugent, a jeweler and artist in Vancouver, uses roadkill as the main ingredient in creating her stylish-but-bizarre wares. From key chains made with turtle hands and rabbit feet, to bear and moose bone tie slides, to bracelets made from porcupine quills, anything is fair game--as long as it can be picked up off a carcass from the side of a highway.

Though I should mention that I've heard of using roadkill for other stuff -- like "rogue taxidermy."

Anyway, what do you think?