The Growing Popularity Of Sustainable Bags

Non Sustainable Bags – The debate on sustainable and non-sustainable bags are not new. However, the labeling is often inaccurate. The fact is that there is no real meaning for the term sustainable. In most cases, when a product is labeled as sustainable it means that it has less of a negative impact on the environment than traditional products. Yet the problem is when the terms eco-friendly and sustainable are used in tandem. When you purchase an eco-friendly or sustainable bag, what you’re really purchasing is a cheap imitation of designer brand bags that will take more time and resources to produce.

There are many places where a company can claim that they support sustainable bags. One of the most prominent is Disney, who are known to support the reduction of waste in the form of reusable handbags. However, there is no actual evidence that Disney handbags actually come from sustainable sources. Instead, what they are selling is a cheaply made version of designer handbags that uses recycled materials. Their support of reducing waste does not extend to the actual production of the handbags themselves. The vast majority of the raw materials used in the manufacture of Disney’s handbags are sourced from countries in South America, such as Brazil.

There are many large fashion companies that market themselves as being environmentally responsible, yet they also exploit the labour and environment of workers in other countries. A recent case exposed by the BBC raised questions about some designer brands, which claimed to be “ethical” but only produced their fashion items in sweatshops in China. Other popular brands, such as Dior, were caught out by The Guardian’s investigation which found that many of their shoes were made using slave-labour conditions in China. The ethical fashion label was removed from these particular handbags and shoes due to pressure from the UN office in Geneva.

There have been calls from across Europe and the United States for major fashion companies to stop exploiting the labour of third world countries in order to create their cheap luxury brand. Many animal rights activists have been campaigning against the exploitation of animals in this fashion industry. While it is difficult to imagine life on a factory farm, it is even more difficult to imagine life on a fashion runway. Yet in an age where the environment is being damaged by the clothes we wear, it is becoming increasingly clear that the status of ethical and sustainable bags cannot be ignored any longer.

Many of the top high street stores have been accused of sourcing their in-house online-shop and garments from countries with horrendous labour laws. Although the majority of products carried by these companies do not come from countries with atrocious human rights records, the key design team from these brands still travelled to these countries to take part in the process of creating the collection. At the same time, it is becoming increasingly apparent that the in-house online-shop model means that the company is not getting as much use as they could for the range they provide. It seems that the ethical highlight of the brand is no longer important when these ethical credentials are no longer a priority for these retailers. This may be true of some smaller online boutiques, but they are unlikely to be as prominent as ethical high street brands such as ethical chic.

In recent years, it has become increasingly apparent that ethical consumerism is not just about buying ethically produced goods. Green business practices such as buying fair trade products, buying recycled materials and using energy-efficient and renewable sources of power are also now major concerns. This has been reflected in the way that many high street retailers have chosen to expand their ethical, small business practices. In fact, many of these new environmental initiatives are being introduced in order to counter the increasing problems associated with sourcing products from developing countries.

One of the key drivers behind sustainable fashion and green living is the use of bags created from recyclable materials. These bags include paper bags, biodegradable packaging and those made from cotton. As a result, the idea of Responsible Sourcing is beginning to appear more frequently on promotional material and in the press, as organisations try to promote themselves as responsible contributors to a sustainable world. One company that has taken this approach is Madison Grace, which has its head office in the UK but has branches in China, Vietnam and other countries.

The idea behind sustainable fashion is that the more natural and less harmful to the resources of the world are, the more likely people are to buy fashionable items. Of course, sustainable fashion also entails avoiding the use of plastic bags, as well as using paper bags as much as possible. It is also important to look for printed, eco-friendly or ‘green’ clothing when buying. As noted, ethical brands have made great strides in recent years and there is every reason to believe that the picture is only going to get better.

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