Recycled Rice Bag's 3 Pocket Backpack A+
This is a fantastic natural fiber, Fairtrade backpack, perfect for school or just keeping everything in one place when on the run. It is very roomy and very light weight. Can easily be scrunched up and stored in a small box. It has three large exterior pockets that measure approximatly 6" wide by 6" high by 1" deep. Each
pocket has a flap closure with a wooden button loop to keep items safe and sound. The bag has a thick, black cotton lining with a drawstring closure. Then the top of the bag has a flap cover with a wooden button
loop closure. The bag has roughly a 13" interior diameter and is 16" deep. The shoulder straps are adjustable and there is a loop a the top to hang the bag on a hook. The shoulder straps are also lined with black cotton.
For the jute material, we normally use recycled rice bags from India when available. It is possible that the bag may look slightly stained in some spots, this is due to the fact that the bag was once a rice
bag. Because we use only natural fiber materials, this bag is
bio-degradeable and can be composted when completely worn out. A nylon, vinyl, plastic or leather bag will probably still be hanging around a landfill when your children's children are heading off to school. We have priced this bag as low as we possibly can because we want to offer
our customers a great alternative product to nylon handbags which are
often made in China by sweatshops and use only synthetic material that does not breakdown.
Thank you for considering this item and supporting the fair trade
producer groups that have made it.
About Earth Divas:
Earth Divas products
are handmade, natural fiber, fair trade accessories made by women for women from around the world.
Our natural fiber,
handmade accessories from Kathmandu, Nepal are made by working women's
co-ops and small woman-owned cottage industry producers. We work
directly with the people that make these items. We help them source
supplies like zippers, rings and buckles, and provide feedback on
designs and offer suggestions to improve quality. We work directly with
and pay the people that make the items, we don't work through a
middleman, which is fairly common. My wife is from India, and each year
for the last four years she and I have spent about a month in India,
and I have spent a couple of weeks in Nepal working on new designs and
trying to figure out better ways to make the core items that we will
always have, like wallets, backpacks, hats and coin purses.
In Nepal, the hemp
fabric that we use is from the remote Western Region of Nepal. It grows
wild in the lower Himalayan Mountain regions. It is not cultivated or
farmed as in all other countries. The villagers in this remote area cut
the hemp down by hand and soften the hemp in water. Other larger
processing countries use chemicals and softeners to get a consistent,
smooth, refined finish. Nepali hemp is a bit rougher and uneven and has
some color variations. The stalk of the hemp plant is then brushed into
a wool like material and then spun by hand into a strand of twine. The
twine is then woven by hand on a pit loom into a piece of fabric that
is 1 meter by 3 meters long. The fabric is carted down the mountains on
foot and to the nearest road where it is brought into Kathmandu. In Kathmandu, the craftswomen buy the fabric and make the unique and beautiful creations that we offer