This upcycled tote is a basic, all-around bag for the beach, gym or grocery store. This tote does not have a lining or interior pockets and does not zip close.
Size: 17"T x 15.5" W x 6"D
These tote bags are made from upcycle feed bags - they come from Cambodia, South Africa, Morocco, and the US and they work with local sewers in the Pacific Northwest as well as artisans in Cambodia to finish the process. For every item sold, $1 goes toward supporting sustainable practices and healthy communities worldwide.
The story of these bags began in the rural farmlands of Cambodia where a local woman decided to take action in her community. Farmers were not only living in poverty but also in a toxic environment. This woman noticed that the bags used for processing and shipping of fish and animal feed, cement, and other products were piling up and not being disposed of properly. She began purchasing the discarded materials from the communities and recycling it. She then employed local families to wash, dry and sew the materials into durable, water resistant and colorful tote bags.
While visiting a night market in Cambodia, Nyla, an American woman, noticed the recycled materials and met the wonderful Cambodian woman. They discussed the opportunity for Nyla to design her own products which, the artisans would then produce in the comfort of their communities. Upon learning the backstory of the artisans and the recycled materials, Nyla became inspired to create a company that contributes to Cambodian artisans’ well being while encouraging style with a global conscience.
Since the onset, Nyla has developed relationships with more artisans in Cambodia and is now employing communities who have been displaced from their farmlands or affected by landmines or polio.
Dedicated to sustainable products and fostering local and global communities
By using natural and recycled fabrics, they save energy and reduce the number of pollutants in the environment. Packaging materials, stationery, and hangtags are also 100% recycled and printed with natural dyes.
- Re-Claimed / Re-Purposed
- Creates Jobs
- Saves Landfill Spaces
- Fostering Local and Global Communities