Upcycled Eco Friendly Handbags

Submitted Sep 2019

Mother Erth weaves eco conscious fashion and women’s empowerment together by repurposing factory-reject plastic headed for the landfill into eco-friendly products. These handmade bags and accessories are woven from discarded plastic laminated foil that was rejected due to printing defects. Instead of ending up in landfills or reaching waterways, Mother Erth intercepts it and prepares it for new life in the form of unique and colorful handbags, clutches and more. HOW IS SUSTAINABILITY WOVEN INTO FASHION? STEP 1: COLLECTING Manufacturers in Asia discard tons of plastic laminated foil due to printing defects. It ends up in the environment or landfills which spill into the ocean. We intercept it, clean it, cut it, and prepare it for new life. STEP 2: REPURPOSING Our artisan moms in local communities around the Philippines are trained to use their tradition of hand weaving to repurpose the strips of upcycled materials into vibrant, one-of-a-kind accessories. STEP 3: EMPOWERING Finished items are individually inspected and paid for at fair-wage prices over three times the average wages in their communities. This allows our mothers to build a better future for their families. STEP 4: RECONNECTING When you buy a Mother Erth bag you keep pollution from our land and oceans and give artisan moms in rural areas access to markets to stop the poverty cycle. Carry it with pride.

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