Bundu Bags

Allison Hooban October 2, 2012

Bundu Bags by Bundu Bags

Product Description: Bundubags is a bag company with a difference. They make beautiful, innovative, totally recycled bags, with a core belief that lives can be changed by design. Bundubags began with a creative idea, a love of contemporary African design and a heart for African women.

Recycling in Africa has been a way of life out of necessity, and some of the most innovative, inspiring craft in Africa is made using upcycled material. It was this inspiration that moved Bundubags to seek out a material that could be used to create a striking range of bags. At the same time utilising traditional African craft skills, with an aim to generate an income for the lives of 40+ women living on the outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa in the township Alexandra.

Using traditional African basket weaving skills, strips of the strapping are sorted, cleaned, cut, and weaved to create the innovative bags. For the ordinary cargo strapping this means a new life. Now, instead of poisoning the earth in an ugly landfill somewhere, thousands of metres are queing up in a storeroom, eagerly awaiting their extreme make over into official Bundubags. Adding to the commitment of creating a 100% African designed end product, each bag is lined
with authentic vibrant, Shwe Shwe fabric. The fabric is produced still using the traditional process of printing fabric through copper rollers, which have the patterns etched on the surface.

The Good: Bundubags commitment to sustainability goes beyond recycling waste-bound materials. They also practice fair trade. They care for each and every one of the ladies that makes up their business. They are the ones that put their skills and love into making every bags. Bundubags is run as efficiently and as profitably as a company, with a strong belief in trade not aid. Each women forms part of a for profit business model and therefore is paid a fair wage and is a shareholder in the business. Although consumerism makes many empty promises, responsible and proactive consumerism has the ability to change lives.

The range currently consists of beach, tote and messenger bags with kids backpacks, surfboard bags and laundry bags all in production.

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