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O MY BAG HAS BEEN JUST APPROVED™ JUST SYMBOL - BLACK FOR HANDBAGS & LEATHER+

THE PROS:

In October 2015, O My Bag won the Sustainable Leather Awards, an award that is given out to an initiative or idea in the Dutch leather sector with a positive (indirect) effect on people, animals and the environment in developing countries. The brand stated that it would us the prize money to purchase a small tanning drum for its tanner, to enable him to produce small quantities.

O My Bag works with Sheong Shi Tannery whose building is designed in a ‘U’ shape to minimise energy consumption. The tannery sources its hides from less than 100kms from the factory to reduce their carbon footprint, from cows that died of age, illness or for the Muslim community.The brand reports that about 30% of the leather that the Sheong Shi Tannery produce is ‘eco’, of which 60% is produced for O My Bag.

O My Bag shares the names and details of its suppliers on its website.

THE CONS:

We don’t have any specific data about the brand’s environmental impact.

/ The brand usually releases 2 collections annually. O My Bag states that if it adds a new collection, the brand believes that it is a timeless and that it can keep on selling for years. Every half year O My Bag adds existing styles in new colors.

/ O My Bag has 4 permanent staff at its headquarters in Amsterdam, the CEO/Founder, Product Manager, Sales/Finance Manager and Marketing Manager.

/ O My Bag sells its bags to the public through its showroom in Amsterdam, its own online store, and at over 150 outlets in 21 countries worldwide.

/ O My Bag uses 6 suppliers in India and states its business model is to support trade, not aid.

/ The brand states that with proper care its products should last a lifetime.

/ The brand reports O My Bag products are handmade in Kolkata, India by certified Fair Trade producers.

/ O My Bag shares the names and details of its suppliers on its website.

/ O My Bag has worked with The Loyal Workshop in Kolkata, India, since 2015. The Loyal Workshop was founded to provide an opportunity for freedom for women in the region. The artisans of The Loyal Workshop are women from backgrounds of poverty, each with their own story of trauma and oppression: sold, stolen, trafficked and forced against their will into the sex trade.

/ O My Bag works with Sasha Association in India, an “umbrella” organization which works with big clients and then breaks down the orders among small producers in the Kolkata region. Sasha ensure a fair price for the goods and provide their small producers with guidance in setting up and maintaining their business.

/ The brand has been working with Patrick and Veronica Lee from Sheong Shi Tannery since 2010, using the tannery’s ‘eco’ leather in all its products.

/ O My Bag visits its producers at least twice a year and reports about that visits on social media and on the brand’s blog. In 2015, with assistance from consultancy firm Avance, O My Bag conducted its first ‘Tannery of the future ’ assessment. The brand reports that it will track and share these results in 2017.

/ Once a year the brand conducts a more comprehensive check on the social and environmental impacts of its suppliers for O My Bag’s Impact Plan. Suppliers are required to send the brand more details, such as copies of their contracts, code of conducts, and ID cards.

/ O My Bag works with Sheong Shi Tannery, who provides their workers with health insurance, pension funds, support in their rent and education. Protective equipment is provided, there are emergency exits easily accessible in the case of an emergency, and the factory has been set up to have adequate light and ventilation. The Sheong Shi Tannery also aims to provide education to at least one child of each worker.

/ All of O My Bag’s suppliers are members of WFTO or have had the SA8000 audit recently.

/ Crescent Factory is a family owned business based in West Bengal, India, who have been producing leather goods for 33 years. They produce O My Bag’s Midnight Blue Collection. The factory has 250 employees, who are entitled to health, retirement, and accident insurance, women are entitled to maternity leave and benefits, and are also paid equally as their male counterparts.

/ In 2015, with assistance from consultancy firm Avance, O My Bag conducted its first ‘Tannery of the future ’ assessment. The brand reports that it will track and share these results in 2017.

/ O My Bag states that bio synthetics are used to tan its leather, in a method called “wet white tanning”, and that the off-cuts can be recycled or used as fertilizer.

/ O My Bag works with Sheong Shi Tannery whose building is designed in a ‘U’ shape to minimise energy consumption. The tannery sources its hides from less than 100kms from the factory to reduce their carbon footprint, from cows that died of age, illness or for the Muslim community.The brand reports that about 30% of the leather that the Sheong Shi Tannery produce is ‘eco’, of which 60% is produced for O My Bag.

/ O my Bag states that a combination of synthetic tanning agents and natural vegetable extracts are used in its tanning process. The use of chemicals such as chromium, heavy metals, formaldehyde, short chain chlorinated paraffins, volatile organic compounds, and alkyl phenol ethoxylates are avoided and the leather is tested regularly by SGS, an independent inspection agency, to check the chemicals (not) used.

/ The brand reports that during the tanning process at its supplier, Sheong Shi Tannery, effluent water is purified and reused.

/ O My Bag reports that it has recently started to measure its impact annually from its operations in India. That is, the portion of the total outcome that happened as a result of the activities of O My Bag, over and above what would usually occur.

/ In October 2015, the brand won the Sustainable Leather Awards, an award that is given out to an initiative or idea in the Dutch leather sector with a positive (indirect) effect on people, animals and the environment in developing countries. The brand states that with the prize money it will purchase a small tanning drum for its tanner, to enable him to produce small quantities.

/ The brand intends to measure its greenhouse gas emissions throughout its supply chain and is working to reduce its impact through its Impact Plan.

/ The brand intends to measure its water use throughout its supply chain and is working to reduce its impact through its Impact Plan.

/ In the future, as O My Bag grows, it wants to implement training initiatives at its suppliers.

 

/ O my Bag partners with Social Enterprise Netherlands, which is a Dutch platform that represents, connects and supports social enterprises.

/ O My Bag encourages its followers to join it in the slow-fashion movement, which it says is based on high quality, short lines, regional productions, and fair labour conditions.

 

/ In October 2015 the brand won the Sustainable Leather Awards, an award that is given out to an initiative or idea in the Dutch leather sector with a positive (indirect) effect on people, animals and the environment in developing countries. The brand states that with the prize money it will purchase a small tanning drum for its tanner, to enable him to produce small quantities.

/ There are no reported management scandals or issues.

 

/ The brand has been working with Patrick and Veronica Lee from Sheong Shi Tannery since 2010, using the tannery’s ‘eco’ leather in all its products. The brand reports that about 30% of the leather that the Sheong Shi Tannery produce is ‘eco’, of which 60% is produced for O My Bag.

/ O my Bag states that a combination of synthetic tanning agents and natural vegetable extracts are used in its tanning process. The use of chemicals such as chromium, heavy metals, formaldehyde, short chain chlorinated paraffins, volatile organic compounds, and alkyl phenol ethoxylates are avoided and the leather is tested regularly by SGS, an independent inspection agency, to check the chemicals (not) used.

/ The brand reports that during the tanning process effluent water is purified and reused. The waste from the tanneries is then sent to the Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP) where it is treated, a process which is monitored by the Central Pollution Control Board and the West Bengal State Pollution Control Board.

/ The brand is working with a group of consultants from the Wageningen University who are currently conducting research for O My Bag on the environmental impacts of its leather tanning. The study also looks at ways best practice tanning techniques that can be implemented in countries like India.

/ In October 2015, O My Bag won the Sustainable Leather Awards, an award that is given out to an initiative or idea in the Dutch leather sector with a positive (indirect) effect on people, animals and the environment in developing countries. The brand stated that it would us the prize money to purchase a small tanning drum for its tanner, to enable him to produce small quantities.

VOICES

CHIARA SPAGNOLI GABARDI | ELUXE MAGAZINE

“Wesselink’s extraordinary brand is made with leather that is not only vintage; it’s actually vintage eco-leather. In other words, it’s constructed from skins that are tanned without the use of harmful chemicals. The result is a stylish range of bags that welds sophistication with sustainability.” – Eluxe Magazine


 

BRAND MANIFESTO

We’re an eco-friendly brand that produces fairly-made handbags and accessories. We’re not granola-munching, kale juice-chugging, freedom-fighting hippies, but we do have our principles.