LOOKING GOOD ON PAPER
Paper is not a material that you’d expect to find amongst your wardrobe wears, but with more and more companies looking at leather alternatives and sustainable textile innovations, it’s not surprising that paper is on the agenda. With its sharp edges and paper-thin venerability, this textile is an unusual rival for leathers tough-skin. However, this unexpected contender has proven it’s durability in the hand-bag arena by taking on fashions heavy-weight champion, The Tote.
PAPER VS LEATHER
My paper tote is completely tear resistant and strong enough to rival any leather alternative – I’ve test driven the formula around town with a gazillion items on board – and it didn’t wear thin. The go-to material for most bags on the high-street – and in luxury fashion houses – is leather, chosen for it’s strength, looks and durability. But leather production has huge environmental issues, from intense farming to post-production chemicals used in the tanning process, as well as the obvious harm to animals (interested in this? Check out my “Three Main Concerns About The Leather Industry” post). My Paper Tote offers a cruelty-free alternative to leather that’s both beautifully crafted and functional for daily wear and tear. It’s size aids it’s practicality and the added metallic sheen gives it a stylish edge. This is no ordinary paper, this is a paper tiger.
GROWING ON TREES
My Paper Tote sources all it’s paper material from the USA. Using paper from farms in Vermont, the process involves adding non harmful synthetic polymor coatings to give water resistant and tear resistant properties. The company are very mindful of the production methods needed in order to create beautiful and exciting products, which really thrills me as they do not use Pentachlorophenol, PVC or BPA. In turn their products are completely safe for the environment and mankind. Win Win.
You can pick up the Rose Gold Paper Tote here @ £29.99.
What do you think about using paper as a leather alternative? Will it sustain the longevity of it’s rival within the industry, or is it a trend that will wear thin… I certainly hope not. This bag is an animal-friendly product that’s incredibly useful in day-to-day life.