Deux Mains | Sustainable, Eco Friendly Bags & Accessories

What are eco-friendly bags?

Eco-friendly handbags are purses made from environmentally friendly materials such as jute, sustainable leather, canvas, and organic cotton. These sustainable handbags offer an eco-friendly alternative to traditional leather and plastic bags. They help reduce environmental impact by reducing waste, using less energy during production, and promoting sustainable farming practices. Additionally, many of these earth-friendly bags are made from recycled materials, which reduces their carbon footprint even further.

Eco-friendly bags are made from sustainable materials like bamboo, hemp, or recycled plastic. They are designed to reduce the impact on the environment by being reusable and biodegradable.

How are bags eco-friendly?

Bags become eco-friendly through a process of careful manufacturing and design. Eco-friendly bags are usually made from sustainable leather, jute, canvas, or recycled plastic with low environmental impacts. Ethically sourced leather bags are also designed to be fashionable, durable, and reusable, allowing customers to enjoy elegant fashion for many years. By choosing eco-friendly bags, individuals can reduce their carbon footprint while also helping the environment by reducing waste and pollution caused by single-use plastics. Bags can be eco-friendly in a few ways. One way is by using recycled materials to make the bag. Another way is by making the bag reusable, so it doesn't end up in the trash. And finally, bags can be upcycled, so they don't take up space in landfills.

What are the most environmentally friendly bags?

Deux Mains handbags leather are an excellent option for individuals looking to add environmentally friendly additions to their wardrobes without jeopardizing the climate. They are also versatile and luxurious enough to be fashionably used for multiple functions and occasions.

What is the most eco friendly reusable bags?

The All Day Tote is one of the most eco-friendly reusable bags on the market. The All Day tote is the centerpiece of this stunning collection, and for good reason. With at least four ways to style this leather tote bag, you can play with the silhouette by expanding or contracting the size to achieve the right look. Two large handwoven panels release into a luxury shoulder bag, which you can open out to fit over the arm or fold up into a handheld bag.

Whatever you’re taking with you, from your laptop and lunch to makeup and heels for later, the All Day tote is ideal and meticulously designed. The frame is crafted from thick, supple leather responsibly sourced from Mexico, while the woven panels are made from Haitian leather, wonderfully soft and buttery to the touch.

Where can I buy eco friendly bags?

There are many places to buy eco-friendly bags. You can get the best eco-friendly bags at Clear Givings Market / Deux Mains.

THE DEUX MAINS STORY

FROM WRECKAGE TO REVOLUTIONARY IDEAL

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Deux Mains was created during the disaster, yet thrives in its wake. When a catastrophic earthquake decimated Haiti in 2010, Deux Mains founder and creative director Julie Colombino-Billingham experienced a country at its worst. Witnessing the desperate need for dignified employment in Haiti became the catalyst and greatest inspiration behind the brand. Now, with each collection, Deux Mains honor the ancestral wisdom, talent, and perseverance Julie found in the people of Haiti.  

HAITI AS THE MUSE

At Deux Mains' core, they believe in the power of thoughtful design, well-intentioned and carefully crafted goods, and the power everyone holds as consumers. They are proud to take fashion forward by offering meaningful choices. When you choose Deux Mains, you choose safe working conditions, a liveable wage, health insurance, and access to education for Haitian people. You select a solar-powered, women-owned factory. You choose found or made materials, traditional craft methods, and a circular mindset. You choose high-quality, timeless designs that can become wardrobe staples for years. You choose fashion that's designed to do good.

MEET THE FOUNDER OF DEUX MAINS

meet the founder, Julie Colombino-Billingham

Julie Colombino-Billingham is a first-generation Italian American with a diverse background ranging from a professional dancer and aerialist to MBA trained in an international disaster. Her fashion inspiration is rooted in the beauty and extremities of Haiti, where she learned her first lesson from the women she encountered there: "I don't need water; I need a job." In response, Julie created a different fashion business focused on sustainable luxury bags, leather sandals, and jewelry that are better for both people and the planet. Fueled by the strength of the Haitian people, Deux Mains evolved into a job creation hub where artisans are valued, and each collection is intelligently designed, made, and manufactured in their solar-powered Port-au-Prince factory. Julie dreams of balancing the present reality with the possibilities of an economically free and healthy Haiti by offering beautifully crafted handbags with multifunctional uses, summer sandals made from natural materials found on the island, and fashion accessories made from luxurious leather.

STATEMENT PIECES + SUSTAINABLY MADE

Deux Mains built their business to create empowering jobs in Haiti and share the island's incredible craftsmanship with the world. “Deux Mains” means "two hands" in French—because an artisan is professionally trained to handcraft beautiful purses & wallets, criss cross sandals, and jewelry from responsibly sourced materials behind every piece produced. You should have access to sustainable luxury fashion pieces that align with your values. That’s why your Deux Mains ankle strap sandals, leather purses for women, and jewelry are carefully crafted with an artisanal finish that will last for years. Thanks to this island's boundless creativity, Deux Mains is weaving new beginnings with every design. With every collaboration, they strengthen communities. Everything they make and do have fairness stitched in. This is not a solo pursuit—your involvement matters. And Deux Mains is grateful you’re here.

ZERO WASTE MATERIALS USED FOR DEUX MAINS TOTES BAGS FOR WORK, CROSSBODY BAGS SOFT LEATHER, AND WOVEN BACKPACK.

THE PROBLEM: WASTE

Each year, the global population dumps 2.12 billion tonnes of waste. In addition, products are currently not made to last, and the lack of integrity in manufacturing means that the fashion industry has run out of runways.

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THE MATERIALS

 100 percent of all raw materials in Deux Mains' production are repurposed, found locally on the island, or ethically sourced through Gold Rated Tanneries and then manufactured in their solar-powered facility. They produce every piece by hand in small batches, with no remaining overstock that needs to be discarded. That way, everything made ends up in the hands of lovely customers and is not thrown in a landfill or ocean. Each order is mindfully packaged using eco-friendly materials. 

THE PROBLEM: REAL LEATHER VS. VEGAN LEATHER

The term “vegan” bears Earth-friendly connotations, but there is another side of the story to consider. For example, nearly all vegan leathers contain a plastic base called petroleum. Petroleum is highly toxic to the environment and takes 500-1,000 years to biodegrade. By comparison, genuine leather takes five to ten years to biodegrade completely. Therefore, we respectfully ask you to consider your vegan goods sources to ensure they are using environmentally friendly practices, which include eliminating petroleum from their products.

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SUSTAINABLE TANNERIES

Working with genuine leather is one of the first known uses of recycling and a way to ensure no part of an animal is wasted. Historically, leather has been a by-product of the meat industry used to make durable and repairable goods, unlike most of its vegan counterparts. Deux Mains exclusively works with the most sustainable tanneries in the world, which have reduced their water usage by 30% and recycle 66% of all waste. In addition, they only work with Gold Rated Tanneries. To take this a step further and gain a unique knowledge of the supply chain, they visit their tanneries and build relationships. By shrinking the supply chain, everything is traceable and permits them to work with tanneries that align with their vision for fair treatment of people and the planet.

THE PROBLEM: CARBON FOOTPRINT

In the existing market, running shoes, and slide ons sandals are made quickly and without quality raw materials. On average, the production of one shoe produces 30 pounds of carbon dioxide, and there are more than 15 billion shoes made each year.

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REPURPOSING TIRES

Deux Mains handcrafts high-quality, comfortable footwear with 100 percent repurposed tire soles and a 50,000-mile guarantee for each pair. Each repurposed sole proudly carries the marks of rolling through the chaotic streets of Port-Au-Prince and helps reduce carbon admittance by 10 kg per pair. Deux Mains has transformed more than 15,000 tires into their signature sandal soles by creating new ways to design, make, and manufacture women slide sandals as well as men slide sandals. If their production process hadn’t intervened, these rescued tires would have otherwise been burned, putting unwanted C02 into the atmosphere. 

THE PROBLEM: ETHICAL COST OF FAST FASHION

The exploitation of makers is nothing new to the fashion industry. Sadly, “sweatshops” and unfair labor practices are standard. Although these issues are continuously highlighted in the media, little to zero change is being seen in this industry, where women mostly dominate.  

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ELEVATING WORKING OPPORTUNITIES

Highly skilled artisans handcraft everything in Deux Mains' women-owned factory in Haiti. The core of their value system lives in raising the economic status of the Haitian people by creating great careers, access to education, and the ability to rise in the company. For example, the beginning of their fashion revolution is a fair wage for 100 percent of the Deux Mains team. Access to education scholarships, health insurance, maternity/paternity leave, and paid vacation are valuable tools used to create progress. In addition, they invest globally in education and paid job training with their nonprofit partner, REBUILD Globally. They work with young men and women by training them with the marketable skills they need to live fruitful lives and provide direct access to a career.

THE PROBLEM: CLIMATE CHANGE

The global fashion industry is a disproportionately large contributor to the current climate crisis, and reducing its impact is critical. Greenhouse gases, produced when fossil fuels are burned, lead to rising global temperatures and climate change. The fashion industry emits 1.2 billion tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year, more emissions than the shipping and aviation industries combined. 

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RENEWABLE ENERGY

With 100 percent solar-powered factory, Deux Mains utilizes a renewable source of power: the sun. As a result, theirsolar energy factory plays a vital role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating climate change.

Materials/Sustainability

What Makes Deux Mains Materials and Production Sustainable?

They do their best to source all materials responsibly.

Leather

- Sourced in small batches to reduce waste

- Local sourcing reduces carbon emissions

- High-quality leather that is made to last

Tire Soles

- Deux Mains rescues discarded tires from the island and repurposes them (in a low emissions process) to create the soles of their sandals, bags, and accessories

-These tires would have otherwise been burned, putting unwanted C02 into the atmosphere. Deux Mains' production stops this from happening.

Solar-powered Factory

Highly skilled artisans handcraft everything made in a factory Deux Mains owns in Haiti. The factory is 100% run on solar power to reduce energy consumption.

They produce everything by hand in small batches. They do not have overstock that needs to be discarded. Everything made ends up in the hands of their lovely customers.

Deux Mains also has a sustainable canvas bag line that only features leather handles and accents.

Timeless, Top Quality Designs

All of Deux Mains' products are designed to withstand the test of time. You will be able to have them in your closet for years to come. Buy quality less often is Deux Mains' mantra.

What Makes Deux Mains Ethical

Why is Deux Mains considered 'ethical'?

Deux Mains was started to provide dignified jobs in a place where they are hard to find. Their artisans are part of their family, and Deux Mains make sure to take good care of them. They call this 'beyond fair trade.' They offer them a wage that allows them to live a good life. In addition, they provide many benefits such as healthcare, paid maternity and paternity leave, paid vacation and overtime, and much more.

Everything they do is to contribute to a more just and fair world. Their mission is to create a model that alleviates poverty by giving people a purpose. Something they can be proud of and happy to be a part of. It's one thing to receive aid, but this is not going to solve the problem in the long term. When people are given work, they are given hope by feeling part of something. Being able to create with their own two hands is magical.

It's the old adage - give a man a fish, and he will eat for a day, teach a man to fish, and he will never go hungry.

Eco-Friendly Bags at Deux Mains

LAPTOP LEATHER SLEEVE

LAPTOP LEATHER SLEEVE

ECO GREEN BAGS: TRIFOLD WALLET

trifold wallet

HORN AND LEATHER BELT

horn and leather belt

non toxic purses

SUSTAINABLE CROSSBODY BELT BAGS

eco friendly bag made from tires

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STRING TOTE SHOPPING SHOULDER GROCERY BAGS: ESSENTIAL - BUCKET BAG

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leather bucket bag

WOMENS ALL DAY - LEATHER TOTE HANDBAG

 leather sustainable tote bag

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GIFT BAGS: OPTIMAL SHOULDER COTTON CANVAS TOTE BAG

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Sustainability practices are Clear Givings Market / Deux Mains forte. When you purchase Deux Mains summer purses, belt bags, and other products, you're not only getting eco-friendly and sustainable, women's leather goods, but you're also supporting ethical employment connections. Clear Givings Market / Deux Mains luxury line offers great gifts to inspire you and your significant other, friends, and family. 

Treat yourself now, and check out the Deux Mains luxury brand at Clear Givings Market! We love how Deux Mains is revolutionizing the eco-friendly bags industry and making a powerful difference. Each purchase has a positive impact, providing life-changing employment in areas that lack resources.

Enjoy your purchase with a purpose at Clear Givings Market!