Every Day Carry | Organic Waxed Canvas | Reclaimed Leather | Hand Made in Toronto
So here's the thing, when I (Steve) started becoming more wary of plastic, I wanted a bag I could take to work everyday. I already had a bag for my lap-top, wallet, phone, dog leash... but I needed something to carry my lunch, music gear, cameras, maybe even to pick up a few groceries on the way home.
But all the every-day carry bags I could find were super feminine looking. And the straps were typically long - shoulder length. It was awkward.
So we made this bag. It's patterned off your classic brown paper grocery bag, but it's got a bit of style and it'll last a long, long time.
Ladies - women - you too are welcome, encouraged even, to use this bag, but please note this is kind of like the man cave of bags, a place free of stylistic judgement.
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Metric: 38 cm tall by 28cm wide by 15cm deep, with 28cm straps.
Inches: 15″ tall by 11″ wide by 6″ deep
Straps: 11" short.
ABOUT OUR ORGANIC COTTON CANVAS
We wanted to use waxed canvas because it looks great (especially with age), it's practical in that it repels stains (we're kinda messy) and it lasts a long time. However, we also wanted to use organic cotton canvas and didn't want any petroleum in the wax (that means no paraffin). It was hard to find either, so we had to figure out how to wax it ourselves using good old beeswax. In order to have a professional finish that was easy to sew, we did a lot of googling and even more experimenting (think mad scientist explosions). It took several months, but the results speak for themselves.
WHY RECLAIMED LEATHER?
We wanted to avoid virgin leather, but please don't feel judged if you eat cows, or use leather, we do too, but we figured - you gotta start somewhere - and this is how we did it.
After a number of trials, I settled on old horse straps and reins from a Mennonite farmer I met outside of Toronto.
So there you have it. Cool, functional and sustainable is possible, but it takes some time to figure out. Hopefully as more manufacturers go this route, we'll all be feeling a little more connected to big Mama earth - and look good doing it! : )
Quote from Huff Post on why organic cotton is a good idea:
"What makes organic materials, like cotton, so much better than the conventional ones? Organic cotton is grown in a way that uses methods and materials that lessen the impact on our environment. A big effort in the organic movement is to use growing systems that replenish and maintain soil fertility and build biologically diverse agriculture. Organic cotton uses far less water too."
Quote from Cosmopolitan on why we should avoid leather accessories:
"But it doesn't have to be this way. When it comes down to it, the cruelty faced by animals, the environmental degradation, and the awful working conditions of the poor who are forced to take up work in slaughterhouses and tanneries—the price we as a civilization are paying for a handbag or car seats is just too much. No matter how hard activists work, we will never be able to entirely stop the cruelty or the ecological damage."