On my journey to finding sustainability within fashion and shopping in a ethical way, I have come across many small businesses that are working to make a positive impact on the planet. It’s important that despite how big some fashion retailers are, the smaller brands aren’t being over shadowed. A brand that stood out to me was “Be For Change,” a small company that manufactures the products from a factory within Portugal. Be For Change make a variety of canvas tote bags made from up-cycled materials as opposed to sourcing a sustainable materials that a more expensive. You can find out more about Be For Change from their website here. The company says:
Each Bag For Change is made from high-quality left-over fabrics, chosen for their engaging textures and elegant colours, sourced through our manufacturing partner, Dapit. They have been crafted by people who have worked in the textile industry their whole lives and who helped improve on the design of the bags.
I was lucky enough to get my hands on one of the limited edition tote bags. I chose the Navy & Off White colour combination because I love the way they look together! The fabric is of a high quality that is thick, very durable and that strap is so comfortable to wear. So far I am yet to use this bag over an extended period of time but I am excited to take it outside and spread the ethical and sustainable bag message, Bag For Change. The whole brand ethos just reminds me of one of my favourite quotes that I try to live by everyday and that is “be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Be For Change is very open and transparent about where they manufacture and why they manufacture there. They say:
Where? In the North of Portugal, at a small and ethical company called Dapit.
Why? The region is traditionally linked to the textile industry and this company employs both experienced and young people to whom they teach the trade. Their operations are run in a sustainable way, with most of their textile waste being recycled.
In Portugal, we have found people passionate about what they do, happy to establish a close relationship with their clients and who really go the extra mile to deliver something special. The country is also heavily invested in relying solely in renewable energy, with more than 50% to be produced from renewable sources by 2020 – a target which seems increasingly plausible after Portugal run on wind, solar and hydro power for 4 days straight in May (The Guardian).
*this is a gifted item
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