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Spotlight On: The Riley Studio Tote Bag

by Riley Studio |

Our signature Riley Studio Tote Bag is the ultimate reusable bag, whether you use it as your everyday bag or for your shopping, its usage is endless. Featuring our We Are Human Kind slogan, it also spreads a positive message. 


As our first bag, we wanted to create something that had multiple purposes and we love seeing photographs of how people use them. Did you know that disposable plastic bag use in England’s main supermarkets has fallen by more than 90 per cent since the introduction of a 5p charge in 2015? The average English shopper now uses just 10 plastic bags a year, compared to 140 before the charge came in. Music to our ears!


What are they made from?

Our tote bags are made from organic cotton, that is GOTS certified and grown in India. The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres, including ecological and social criteria, backed up by independent certification of the entire textile supply chain. Because Riley Studio isn’t currently certified by GOTS we’re not allowed to use the logo, but the bags up until then are certified. It is a huge task for a small brand to be GOTS certified but it is something that we are working on. 

 


Where were they made?

We chose to get our tote bags from Continental Clothing. The cotton is grown and woven in India and then the bags are made in a factory in India that uses renewable energy. Continental Clothing is part of Fair Wear Foundation, which is an independent, non-profit organisation striving to improve working conditions in the textile industry. The foundation is an initiative by trade organisations in the textile sector, trade unions and NGO's.


Fair Wear Foundation verifies that member companies implement the Code of Labour Practice along their supply chain, and checks compliance by monitoring audits and remediation efforts. Annual reporting by member companies and by FWF itself promotes transparency at all levels.

Our bags are then printed at Get a Grip Studio, which is based in Stirchley, Birmingham and runs on 100% renewable energy. They are currently working towards becoming Carbon Neutral as well. They use water based inks, which do not contain PVC or phthalates or any other toxic chemicals - they are formulated free from lead and other heavy metals and passed the Oekotex Class 1 standard. Water-based inks are also safer for the screen printers using them every day. 

 

What makes them more sustainable?

They are reusable, made from 100% organic cotton and made in ethical and environmentally friendly facilities - need we say more!

 

What do they pair well with?

Absolutely everything!