O MY BAG
« WE’RE AN ECO-FRIENDLY BRAND THAT PRODUCES FAIRLY-MADE HANDBAGS AND ACCESSORIES. WE’RE NOT GRANOLA-MUNCHING, KALE JUICE-CHUGGING, FREEDOM FIGHTING HIPPIES, BUT WE DO HAVE OUR PRINCIPLES »
- O My Bag
Mid-2010, with these questions in mind, Paulien Wesselink, the founder travelled to India to visit leather manufacturers. Leather is one of India’s biggest export products. Paulien wanted to set up a social enterprise that would not only become profitable, but also give back by approaching business in a fair, sustainable manner.
O My Bag is a brand that uses durable materials like leather without the use of harmful chrome dyes. Chromium is known to have various health consequences. When it is a compound in leather products, it can cause allergic reactions, such as rashes. But also for the workers respiratory problems, alteration of the genetic material, Lung cancer...
We love O My Bag, this is an eco brand that has also a great social impact. Their team have a close relationship with the craftmens in India. They supports the Brickfield Schools to prepare the children from the village for a better education. A lot of workers and craftmens can't afford to send their childs to school and O My Bag is helping them.
Made from a unique kind of eco-leather, an O My Bag is a piece that you can flaunt without guilt.
This is due to a cleaner and safer tanning process, a reduced carbon footprint, and leather that is made with respect for the environment. It is also a bag that gives people the opportunity to establish a better life for themselves. In the area of Kolkata, India, every O My Bag is created with love in a safe and positive atmosphere: fair wages are paid, benefits are provided for, education and training are offered, and women and minorities are given equal-work opportunities.
«As our organization grows, we will be delighted to see our suppliers, tanners, and manufacturers’ organizations grow with us. »
By choosing to work with these carefully selected producers in India, O My Bag contributes to global issues like fighting poverty and encouraging the empowerment of women.
"By making well made and eco friendly leather bags and accessories available to consumers, we provide small communities in India with a sustainable livelihood. We’ve concluded that supporting conscious trade is the best way to alleviate poverty, and it’s what we get up for in the mornings." - O My Bag
FAIRLY MADE ECO FRIENDLY
By offering small communities, access to the global market, they provide them with a sustainable livelihood.
Fair wages and safe work environment are provided. O My Bag supports local projects that encourage education or women empowerment
They aspire to be pionneers in the leather industry. Heavy chemicals are avoided. During the tanning process, effluent water is purified and reused. They use certified organic canvas.
They give the customer insight into the production process and show them that they, by buying a great bag, can help tackle important global problems.
Eco-friendly is only a label for how our products are made, but shouldn’t set a precedent for how they look and how they’ll feel. We don’t sacrifice quality and style for principle, because to us, they’re one and the same.
They produce not your ordinary bags. They believe that consumers have the ability to change the world
we live in.
. We as consumers have the ability to create a worldwide demand for products made with respect for not only the environment, but also the people that make them. By providing their producers with access to the global market, they connect them with customers that love a great bag!
We believe in trade, not aid
They believe vintage can be modern, classic can be edgy, minimalism can still use a pop of color, and eco-friendly is fashionable. They believe we can change the world, one bag at a time.
" We are eco-friendly ánd fashionable. We prove that it’s possible to be both! The bags also make perfect everyday bags for work, school or party time. " - O My Bag
To minimize environnemental impact, all their garments are made of certified organic cotton, eco friendly leather without the use of harmful chrome dyes.
Their Canva Collection is made from GOTS certified cotton. O My Bag only use organic cotton for the canva that is grown & produced without using any toxic substances. No pesticides, no chemical fertilizer, no chemical madness. Their cotton is organically farmed. That means, only natural fertilizer like cow dung is used for pest control. And of course - genetically modified seeds are
ECO FRIENDLY LEATHER
Their bags are made from luxurious, vegetable-tanned leather. Their leathers are tanned without the use of harmful chemicals like chromium. This makes our leather biodegradable.
They use local cow hides from Kolkata, India and Italy. The hides are a waste product from the meat industry and therefore not raised for the fashion industry.
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FAIR WORK CONDITION
" We use the power of business to create social change " - O My Bag
O My Bag was founded to support people in developing countries and creating fairly paid job opportunities. Creating a positive impact in the world is a one of our core values and is rooted in everything they do. They believe that everyone has the power to create change. With every purchase they make, they can contribute to a better world with fairly-paid jobs, safe working environments, equal opportunities, women empowerment and bring better living opportunities to everyone
With these values in mind, they work together with different manufacturers in Kolkata, India which rely on the same principles. Over the years they have build strong relationships in which they are able to work together with respect and honesty. They talk to their producers on a weekly, but often on a daily basis. This helps us to keep direct insights into, and control over, our supply chain. All our factories have SA 8000 certification standards to ensure that all operate under fair conditions. The EMA (Equitable Marketing Association) factory, with which they have been working from the very beginning, has a World Fair Trade Certification.
They seek the best factories to make our products and every factory has a story.
They cooperate with two tanneries. The Sheong Shi Tannery in Kolkata, India, is with us from the very beginning. With their help they were able to co-create high quality eco-friendly leathers and work on innovations in the leather industry. Together with this tannery they have developed their beloved Hunter Leather used in their Signature Collection, the soft Midnight Leather used in our Midnight Collection and the first Classic Leathers.
The second tannery is located in Tuscany, Italy. They started to work with them in 2016. Reason for this was a lack of high quality hides in India which are a need for vegetable-tanned leather. Luckily they found Conceria Nuova Grenoble. A consortium of 22 tanneries with the same passion for vegetable-tanned leather and with the same production standards with respect for nature. All tanneries use purification systems and have a waste management system that recovers, reuses and recycles the production substances.