I’m a slave to fashion. Obviously, or I wouldn’t have a blog solely devoted to the latest fashion finds. While a lot of us are constantly spending our hard-earned money on this season’s trends, sometimes we don’t think much about how we’re impacting the earth with what we are buying.
While some of you may already be into the eco-friendly, I think a lot of us, most of the time don’t give it too much thought. Which can be a real shame. I know if you’re like me, you’ve seen a few eco-friendly lines and probably weren’t the fondest of them. I know I have. Every once in a while I will get excited about a new product that’s actually good to the earth, but let’s face it, in the fashion world, that is usually a pretty rare find.
That is until now. I know if you’re a fashion lover, bags are probably one of your very favorite things to buy, right? I know it is for me. I love my clothes, don’t get me wrong, but it’s the accessories that I really get giddy about, and bags, of course are one of the top items I spend my money on.
If you’re like me, you want to buy a good quality handbag that’s going to last you at least the year. I know, I know, many of us fashionista’s has a closet full of bags, but when it comes to my go-to bag, the one I keep all of my stuff in and hate to move around, I use it almost every day, just because I’m too lazy to start moving all of my everyday goodies stored in my bag, from one bag to the next. Because of this, I try to only buy top quality bags that are really going to last and survive the torture I’m going to put it through over the next six months or so. Anyone who has bought a cheap bag can tell you you’re just not going to get more than a couple of months out of it. And let’s face it, when you buy something eco-friendly, sometimes they are not the sturdiest.
Well ladies, I’m happy to tell you, that is just not the case anymore! Nope, I recently came across such a fabulous handbag line that is, you guessed it, eco-friendly! In fact, these gorgeous bags are made out of Raffia. Which if like me, you don’t know what that is, it’s actually a palm leaf that grows up to a whopping 60 feet long!
Raffia, although soft, is actually incredibly strong and durable. These bags are actually so strong that a lot of huts in the village they are made in, are made from the same material!
When my gorgeous Raffia Handbag from Ma’mitons showed up, I was incredibly impressed with the quality and durability of this bag right away. I thought from the pictures it looked like it would be a stronger tote, but I figured being a “beach style” tote, that it would be flimsy and thin. But that is absolutely not the case.
This bag, although flexible, will not bend or fold over, or any of that nonsense. The shape is going to keep, no matter what you put in it, unless you take it bowling. Don’t but your bowling ball in it. But for the every day essentials and even when you actually end up shopping it and fill it to the brim, this bag is going to keep its shape and look absolutely amazing no matter how much or how little is in it. It also has a great zipper pocket as well as two cell-phone size pockets on the opposing side, so you can safely store your essentials and stay organized when you’re out and about!
Ma’mitons bags are made in the founder, Priscilla aka Ma’mitons’ hometown village, in Cameroon Africa. Not only are these bags handmade by fairly paid artisans of the village, but a portion of all sales go to help a great cause for helping build families and foster orphan and abandoned children. Now, this is a bag you can truly feel good about buying!