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Upcycling Bike Parts

Upcycling Bike Parts

Ava Miller combines her love for mountain biking and the environment to create Velo in a Jar. Flagstaff High School teacher, jeweler, environmentalist and avid…

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Ava Miller combines her love for mountain biking and the environment to create Velo in a Jar. Flagstaff High School teacher, jeweler, environmentalist and avid cyclist Ava Miller has found her niche recycling bike parts, including tubes and spokes into fashionable earrings, necklaces and bracelets.

Miller says her business, Velo in a Jar, was inspired by her father’s love for cycling. Her early years in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, were consumed with bikes. “My dad raced bikes, so growing up we traveled every weekend to a race.”

Miller began crafting jewelry in the basement of her family’s house. She tinkered with nail art, woodworking, painting and sea glass from Lake Michigan. “I was always experimenting but nothing ever stuck. When I moved to Flagstaff, I lived in an apartment with several cyclists and there were always bike parts laying around.”

She began taking bits and pieces and making earrings. “I didn’t think much of it, it was just an outlet at the time,” she said.

While working at Babbitt’s Backcountry Outfitters, her manager took notice of her jewelry. “He thought the earrings were really cool and told me I should consider selling them. So I got a few together and customers started to buy them.”

“It’s an awesome product and her jewelry reflects her personality,” said Babbitt’s Backcountry Outfitters Sales Associate Megan Van Pelt, who worked with Miller. “The fact that Ava’s jewelry is made from all sustainable recycled products is so great. Her funky and unique designs catch the interest of our shoppers. When I […]

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