WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY 'FAIRLY MADE' PRODUCTS?
We work together with different manufacturers in Kolkata, India. All our factories operate under fair conditions (and meet the SA 8000 Certification Standards to ensure that). The EMA (Equitable Marketing Association) factory even has a World Fair Trade Certification. Over the years we have built firm relationships with our partners. We talk to our producers on a daily basis which helps us to keep direct insights into, and control over, our supply chain.
Though we don’t use the Fair Trade certification for our products, all of them are made with love and passion under fair conditions with respect for the people and environment in India.
So with every purchase you make, we can contribute to a better world with fairly-paid jobs, safe working environments, equal opportunities and women empowerment.
DO YOU OFFER A VEGAN COLLECTION?
Yes. At O My Bag we continue to evaluate and improve our material use, and as technology develops, so do new possibilities. To accommodate our customers that chose not to purchase animal products, we offer a small selection of bags and accessories made from AppleSkin™. This is a vegan leather alternative, partly made from residual apple waste.
One of the most responsible things we can do for our planet is to only make high quality products that can be worn and used for years. We make an effort to design timeless pieces that you can carry and cherish for years. We still believe that animal leather is the most sustainable option, however we are very excited to work alongside the the AppleSkin™ factory who have ambitious sustainability goals.
HOW IS YOUR LEATHER SUSTAINABLE?
We try to have a minimal environmental impact and therefore many of our products are made from sustainable leather. This means our leathers are tanned without the use of harmful chemicals, like chromium.
We believe that using vegetable tanned leather is currently the most sustainable option to produce long lasting products that are built to last lifetime. Many alternatives to real leather are made using PU, PVC or other composite microfibres derived from fossil fuels that produce harmful toxins in the production process.
However we do offer an alternative - our Apple Leather collection which is made using apple waste that is ground into a fine powder, and mixed with organic pigment to transform into vegan leather. Currently our Apple Leather is backed using a blend of polyester, cotton and viscose which is necessary to improve the strength and durability of the leather. FRUMAT, the company that produces AppleSkin are currently working towards making the material 100% biodegradable and we’re happy to support them on that mission.
We know there are many sustainable challenges facing the leather and vegan leather industry, but we’re proud to be working closely with our producers and tanneries to find the most sustainable solution.
IS YOUR PACKAGING SUSTAINABLE?
Our packaging is made from recycled materials and is certified by Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The cardboard boxes that transport your new O My Bag safely to any place in the world is made from materials that come from local sources in The Netherlands.