Sustainably Chic

Fair-Trade Totes & Pouches with Inspiring Prints Empowering Survivors of human Trafficking

FashionNatalie Kay

the tote project

You may remember seeing The Tote Project on the blog in my 25 Ethical Brands that Give Back post. It’s a pretty popular list, and I can’t think of a brand more deserving to be on the cover!

reasons to love the tote project

Giving Back: This is the reason Fay Grant & Michelle Chavez founded the project! Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery and there are currently over 20 millions victims worldwide (a number too hard to fathom). The Tote Project donates 10% of gross profits to Two Wings to support survivors of human trafficking in the US. Plus, they partner with factories who support women survivors.

Ethically-Made: Every tote is handmade by Oasis Bags in a sustainable factory in India from fair-trade certified cotton. These factories are dedicated to empowering women in the city of Kolkata. The pouches are made by Freeset, a fair trade freedom business offering employment to women escaping West Bengal’s sex trade.

Inspiring Illustrations: It’s always difficult to pick a favorite from their collections. They have so many beautiful prints, and they seem to get sweeter with each collection. Each come complete with a inspirational tag line such as ‘free to love’.

what i’m using

Free to Grow Veggies Tote: This is my new grocery bag, and it makes for a great on-the-go shopping list ;) I love the size of their new totes. You can fit a few days worth of groceries in here. The weather hasn’t been great for our last few farmer’s markets, but I’ll be taking this sweet thing with me next time!

Free to Dream Palm Trees Pouch: It’s hard to pass any image up with palm trees. Elliott and I have been going to the beach for at least 30 minutes a day to get outdoors and dig our toes into the sand. This pouch is keeping all our little beach essentials sand-free for us :D

where to purchase

You can find the entire collection from The Tote Project - here - and don’t forget to follow them on Instagram to stay up-to-date with all new products & prints!