By Diane Small
Ethically handmade in Australia, the luxury vegan handbags created by the Ahimsa Collective are amongst some of the chicest cruelty-fashion around.
All their bags and accessories are sustainably made from upcycled materials and a highly innovative, animal-free material: Pinatex, a leather-like textile that’s both ‘plant based’ and gentle on the environment through the production process.
The millennials behind the brand also spent a lot of time looking into pleather/PU/faux-leather alternatives to make their bags with, too, and in the process, they learned that while production of these man-made synthetics has improved over the years, the emissions they emit through production mean they are still incredibly harmful to the planet.
So the best answer to how to create a great vegan handbag ended up being: Pinatex!
Pinatex offers the same known leather-like aesthetics, whilst not being something drastically alien and unknown to the market. Aside from the ol’ dead animal factor in the production of leather, there are also a lot of toxic chemicals used in the tanning process, which have terrible impacts on the workers health in the factories. Pinatex uses no harmful chemicals in its production. Big thumbs up for animals, humans and the environment.
Leather production also requires other resources from our homegirl Mother Nature – starting from the feed, water and land required for animals to grow, the emissions they give off [read: farts] and more resources in order to create the final product. And of course, does any girl love the fact that her bag came from the suffering and death of a sentient animal?
With Pinatex, no animals are harmed, no additional resources of water are required, the pineapple fruit already exists and is already farmed – the waste becomes the ‘leather’.
In fact, Pinatex has quite the positive environmental impact as ‘bio-mass’ is produced through the production process. This ‘bio-mass’ can then be converted into organic fertiliser or bio-gas, and sold. Therefore, both the extraction of the fibres, and the production of bio-mass can provide additional revenue streams to pineapple farming communities. How cool is that?!
But enough about the material – let’s talk about the bag! The black colour goes with anything, and the bag’s chain allows you to adjust the style to your outfit. Is there anything in your closet that wouldn’t look great with this bag? From a LBD to a tee and jeans, you’re gonna rock this!
Check what else they are doing, new product releases and everything else by heading here www.theahimsacollective.com
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Giveaway ended May 12th 2019. Congrats to Claire Little!
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