What a fun and unique eco-friendly tote! This is a great shopping bag for almost any use, from going to the farmer's market or the grocery store, to toting your goodies for a day on the beach!
It is made of recycled rice bags (a natural fiber jute from India) and measures 15.5 inches wide by 15.5 inches high. The double shoulder strap is triple reinforced (it is sewn all the way to the bottom of the bag) and hangs down about 8" from the apex to the top of the bag. There is a heavy duty YKK zipper closure and an outside pocket that is about 6" x 7" with a zipper closure. There are no interior pockets and the black cotton lining is a very thick, heavyweight fabric.
Each tote is handmade in Kathmandu Nepal by small cottage industry artisans. Exact placement of the patterns may differ from bag to bag since it is constructed from upcycled scraps.
Care: Spot clean and air dry or dry clean. Do not launder in the washing machine.
Earth Divas is a fair trade company that is 100% focused on providing women in the developing world opportunities to earn a decent wage. We are unlike most businesses in that we exist not to make a profit. Our goal is to pay artisans as much as we can, and if we do show a profit, we give 100% of it to the artisans.
Our goal is to provide the broadest range of the best designed, highest quality products that we can make. We ship by sea to keep our cost low. We visit Nepal two to three times a year to work on new designs, and improve quality and consistency.
In Nepal and throughout the developing world most craft items are made by women, and by hand. Men typically work with sewing machines and earn 5 to 10 times more than women. We've always worked with women owned and/or managed businesses, who primarily hire women to make the products. But in 2011 we created a tailoring school for women. We leased a building, bought six sewing machines, a generator, fabric and working with Beni from HeedNepal.org we hired a master tailor and paid women to attend classes five days a week for six months. We're now focused on finding them jobs within our artisan community, and will start a new session with six new ladies soon.
We are proud members of the Fair Trade Federation, and we urge you to support all members, and help us share the benefits of buying fair trade products.