While the numbers vary according to exactly what statistic you’re looking at, there’s no way to get around the fact that the fashion industry is a huge cause of pollutants and waste worldwide. Often, clothing and accessories are made with value in mind, rather than sustainability. That, combined with an increasingly disposable economy, spells trouble — not just for us, but for future generations. When I started looking into environmental pollutants, landfill mass and fashion, I felt a huge responsibility to work toward not contributing to this larger problem.
For the past year, as I started thinking about ways to expand Expedition Subsahara, I made it a priority to create higher quality products that won’t end up in the landfill a year from now. I spent countless hours sourcing high-quality materials locally, like genuine leather (and a female leathersmith!) and wax cloth to create clutches and bags. The baskets already were made with fast-growing, renewable grasses and bamboo. While higher quality accessories may cost a little more at the outset, it’s our responsibility as humans to buy and sell ethical fashion choices. For us, “ethical” doesn’t just mean paying fair wages (which we also do!), but constantly thinking about the footprint Expedition Subsahara leaves on the planet.
While Expedition Subsahara has always put out great products, now they will last for a very, very long time. Designs are a mix of Western and Eastern, with a cultural connection and ethical mission. This mission lead to our newest products, in stock and available just in time for Valentine’s Day. We have three wallets and two pouches that will last you or your loved one for many years. And if you’re like us, you will feel great knowing you’re buying a product that helps move the world forward through education and ethical responsibility. They’re made with love, care and concern for the future — a fierce trifecta!Click here to shop the goods.