January 03, 2009
ECO CHIC - THE RECYCLED PULL TAB HANDBAGS BY ESCAMA STUDIO
Well since Go-Green seem to be a key priority and value expressed, it was only a matter of time it would be in fashion. Recycled accessories have been popping up in the marketplace quite frequently around the world. Now here is a cool accessory that seems chic, cool, and also beneficial in more ways than one. Escama Studio presents a line of handbags handcrafted in Brazil by women. The word "Escama"is derived from a Portuguese word meaning fish scales, which when the tabs are crafted together does resemble the definition. Craft Cooperatives in Brazil offer the women a way to earn a living and advance in business training. Escama Studio is not only making use of used goods but providing for families, a continuous cycle within itself! Each bag comes with a personal note inside of it from the artist who made it, which truly demonstrates connecting producer to the consumer.
"Escama abides by fair trade principles as a member of the Fair Trade Federation (FTF) and offers a fair living wage for their products. In addition, over the past four years they have assisted the artist groups to establish bank accounts and have generously donated computers, furniture, educational training and a percentage of sales."