We're delighted to see this tote popping up all over our newsfeeds of late. Much more than?just a beautiful design, this bag is ethical, sustainable and practical?
Launched in 2009 by Apolis, Local + Global Market Bags are now found in 14 countries across the globe and nearly 150 cities??one of the latest being our very own big smoke, Dublin.
The manufacture of these bags creates consistent employment for a group of 21 female artisans in a rural Bangladesh sewing academy. Not only that, but a portion of the profits also goes to a community project in support of social and educational projects in Saidpur. To get an insight into the production, and see the women behind the bags, have a look at the clip below?
Made of 100?per cent?natural golden jute fibre, the bag?is lined in waterproof fabric, has a natural vegetable-dyed leather strap and is reinforced by antique nickel rivets.
Cavan-based fabric aficionados 31 Chapel Lane have teamed up with Apolis on the Local + Global project here in Ireland. Distribution of the bags is given to an artisan retailer from the host country, so you can give yourself a pat on the back for supporting your own community while also giving a fair price to the makers back in Bangladesh?? everyone's happy!
Another plus is that the bag?is environmentally friendly and reusable,?encouraging?people to support their local farmers' markets and healthy eating too.?What's not to like?
'Dublin Ireland' Market Bag, €68, 31 Chapel Lane
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