Ecoist {Handmade with Love SPONSOR}

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Looking for a fun and unique handbag that is also Eco-friendly? Look no further than Ecoist! Their fun, functional, beautiful handbags are good for the environment and offer fair trade wages, all while providing you with a fantastic product!

If you have never heard of Ecoist, now is the time to check them out! They make unique handbags out of candy wrappers, pull-tabs, newsprint, and more!

I LOVE this pull-tab handbag, it is so neat looking! And I don’t know about you, but I have never seen a purse like this before!

Leda Pull-Tab Bag

“Ecoist handbags are 100% handmade from recycled candy wrappers, food packages, soda labels, subway maps, newspapers, and other waste-bound materials.”

In addition to using recycled materials, Ecoist plants a tree for every handbag they sell. So far, they have planted OVER 100,000 trees!

Aside from offering a wide variety of handbags, Ecoist also carries bracelets, bottle openers, bowls and more! They definitely have something for everyone!

Ecoist can also be found on Facebook and on Twitter.

Ecoist is one of the sponsors for our Handmade with Love Winter Giveaway! They will be giving one lucky MomVantage reader a $75 gift certificate! Woo-hoo!! Stay tuned, the Handmade with Love Winter Giveaway will begin on February 2 and end on February 6. Mark your calendars, you are not going to want to miss it!!

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About Ecoist:

“It began with a family trip to Mexico in 2004. Strolling through a street market in Mexico City, we were exposed to some fascinating handbags crafted by Mexican artisans using post-consumer waste, such as candy wrappers and chip bags. Inspired by this concept, we flew back to our Miami-based home and decided to develop a business making products from waste.

Since then, we’ve partnered with multinational brands such as The Coca-Cola Company, Disney, Frito-Lay, Mars, Cliff Bar, and Aveda, to re-purpose all their post-industrial waste. Instead of having their misprinted and obsolete packaging end up in landfills, we reuse them to make our handbags. So far, Ecoist has saved more than 40 million wrappers from landfills.

Ecoist’s commitment to sustainability goes beyond recycling waste-bound materials. We practice fair trade. In 2009, Ecoist founded EcoDiseño in Ancon, Peru, employing workers and artisans in an impoverished community. We care for each and every one of the artisans. They are the ones that put their skills and love into making the products. We pay fair and meaningful wages, not the minimum wages that dominate the industry. Ecoist is a family-owned business, so we see the value inherent in investing in the lives of our workers, their families, and their communities. So far, Ecoist has improved the lives of almost 40 women artisans.”

(Excerpt from Ecoist.com)

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