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Sustainable Straw Bags to Shop

With the summer months ahead, an iconic straw bag is always a good choice. Here is a list of a few straw bag brands that are also sustainable.
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Melie Bianco

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This brand has a strong awareness that leather is one of the most significant by-products of the meat industry. To counteract that, they use PU (Polyurethane), a material to achieve the look of leather without its negative side effects. Quality and craftsmanship are of the utmost importance.  

 

A A K S

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A A K S was founded by Akosua Afriyie-Kumi to create sustainable jobs within Africa and introduce her favourite weaving technique done by women of Ghana. All bags are handcrafted in Ghana, and the durable and vibrant designs of these are unique and beautiful. Authenticity, skill and ethics are all critical components of the brand. 

 

Helen Kaminski

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Kaminski has been worn by many celebrities such as Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman and Cindy Crawford. Their bags combine traditional handcraft with modern design. The company also works to be sustainable by using renewable resources and expanding product longevity to minimize the impact on the environment. 

St. Agni

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St Agni supports artisans in Indonesia & India working directly with them. Most accessories are made with leather sourced through silver meddled and gold meddled LWG (Leather Working Group) suppliers.

Nannacay

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Nannacay is a handmade and sustainable brand. The bags are produced by a community of artisans from Peru. The colourful and vibrant designs are handmade and unique, beautiful yet simple. 

 

Kayu

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The brand Kayu uses quality and natural materials such as straw that have been harvested, stripped and dyed by hand to make their bags and hats. Most straw is made with plastic, but Kayu’s fades with time giving it a unique look. Eventually, the straw biodegrades on its own. They also use vegetable leather to make their sandals, which is made using only natural and organic tannins with no chemicals. Factory scraps are also upcycled into small accessories, and some are donated to use as fertilizer. These high qualities, timeless pieces are made to last year after year.

 

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