A few weeks ago, I received an email from a reader who is starting to think about the impact of her purchases and was looking for pointers on where to start. I’m going to write a longer post on this soon, but my short advice..?
Start where you are.
Whatever you need to buy next – a new dress, new jeans, new underwear – search for an ethical alternative. For my reader, she needs a new bag – a black bag or a compact backpack, to be specific. So I thought I would #MAKETHISFAIRTRADE and offer up some options for a great, classic black bag and a couple of fun backpacks.
1. Aure Que Square Leather Handbag from Fashion-Conscience for £77.50GBP/ 2. Nisolo Lori Tote Slate Grey for $158.00USD / 3. Everlane ‘The Magazine’ for $325.00USD / 4. Sseko Black Suede Bucket Bag for $87.99USD / 5. Everlane ‘The Twill Snap’ Backpack for $65.00USD/ 6. Stone + Cloth Nautical Stripe Lucas Backback from Zady for $74.00USD
This medium-size bag is a great shape – casual, but still with enough structure to rock at work.
Ethical credentials: Handmade with transparency in Nepal (using leather that is a by-product of the Nepalese food industry)
2. Nisolo Lori Tote Slate Grey for $158.00USD
Not quite black, but I included this slate grey tote because I love it’s size and shape and, well, I love Nisolo.
Ethical credentials: Handmade with transparency in Peru
3. Everlane ‘The Magazine’ for $325.00USD
It’s at the higher end of the price spectrum, but this Everlane classic black tote will last years and will never go out of style.
Ethical credentials: Handmade with transparency in Italy
4. Sseko Black Suede Bucket Bag for $87.99USD (on sale from $109.99)
Ethical credentials: Handmade with transparency in Ethiopia
5. Everlane ‘The Twill Snap’ Backpack for $65.00USD
This backpack is available in several different colours.
Everlane is one of the most transparent in the business in terms of where their products are made. I would love them to challenge themselves and go even one step further and start talking about the origins of their materials (where is this cotton from?)
Ethical credentials: Made with transparency in China
I love this compact backpack and the story behind it.
Ethical credentials: Handmade in the USA, proceeds benefit scholarship funds for Tanzanian schoolchildren
Will you start were you are? What do you need to buy next?