Duffle & Co
Let’s talk about bags. We all have at least one. Whether it’s for uni, work, gym, or for everyday use, everybody has a bag in their cupboard. Even though this item is an absolute necessity, we don’t often ask these questions when purchasing one: who made this bag? Were they paid fairly for their labour? What impact did its creation have on the environment? Well, if you shop with Duffle & Co, you won’t have to.
Duffle & Co is a brand that is committed to bringing consumers quality-made bags and wallets, though without harming anything in the process. Each and every one of their timeless products is hand-crafted, and the profits contribute to a social or an environmental initiative: KiwiHarvest or Million Metres. What’s more is with every purchase, five trees are planted in Indonesia in a bid to keep wildlife populations growing and also to provide subsistence to local communities. How bloody great is that?
They’re also climate positive. What does this mean, you ask? Well, Duffle & Co calculated their entire carbon footprint (seriously, everything; from the journey of their fabric to typing on their laptops in New Zealand), in order to ensure an offsetting of their carbon emissions. Because of this they received their EKOS Certification and have offset their total carbon emissions by 120%! Also, as well as using standard leather, Duffle & Co creates some of their products with Pinatex: a leather alternative made from pineapple leaves. A vegan-friendly option for an everyday item? Yes please!
If you haven’t already noticed, the team at Duffle & Co are extremely conscious of the environmental and social impacts their company has and have culminated this into six core values that inspire what they do: Transparency, Ethical Labour, Craftsmanship, Inclusivity, Nature, and Communities. Here are three just for you:
“We have nothing to hide and proudly display the story of how our products are made and those who make them. We want you to see the difference your purchases make in supporting local communities around the world and restoring our natural environment, whilst using production processes we can be proud of.”
“To create remarkable products, we know that every stitch counts. We don’t use mass production assembly lines. Instead, our range is carefully handmade by talented craftsmen.
For businesses, we make each item to your exact specifications and quality check all products ourselves, even bulk orders.”
“We are committed to making our products as beneficial for the planet as possible. We are always on the lookout for the best natural materials and work tirelessly to find innovative ways to improve our production processes, so that each piece we make has the greatest impact it can.”
Here at Ethical Made Easy, we are firm believers in living your truths and leading by example, and this is at the core of why Duffle & Co do what they do. Their commitment to the six values they pride themselves on is reflected in every aspect of their work, from the sourcing of materials right through to the end product. If you need a bag or a wallet, go and check out Duffle & Co’s beautiful range of genuine leather products and vegan alternatives.