Sustainable and conscious fashion has a tendency to become somewhat of an extremism because of its passionate principles. However, it does not need to be handcuffed to one perspective.
Like everyone hoping to make an impact, each of our contribution matters. A lot. What’s the one change that you would like to contribute to make after engaging with the bombard of information on social media?
Fashion — All fashion starts with the design. And the design tells a lot about a fashion product. Our bags are styled to be fashionable, using all natural materials that reflect their positive impact on the environment. Because every bag is handcrafted using natural materials it will be a unique work of craftsmanship.
Empowering our team — We work with women in rural areas who show great talent and passion for their craft, and provide them with opportunity to make a living developing their skills crafting 100% handmade bags. This includes ethical working conditions in our production facilities, and a policy of Beyond Trade Wages.
Community development — Bark and Leaf is about more than just jobs. We organise workshops teaching the women working for us to be a valuable part of our sustainable production chain, develop their skills, and get a sense of ownership and pride in their craftwork. Part of our profits are put back into projects to help improve the quality of life and development of these rural regions, so we as a company can grow together with the people around us.
Environmental positive products — All our products are 100% handmade, and uses Natural and/or Recycled materials. All raw materials are vegan, i.e., they are cruelty-free and uses no animal bi-products. They are one with nature and doesn’t harm the environment. The way we craft our bags ensures that the organic materials returned to nature are benign and naturally degradable.