This colourful, floral print Insulated Lunch Bag is made from high quality, thick organic cotton canvas on the outside and is perfect for lunch or snacks. The inside contains insulating felt and a polyester liner which has a thin polyurethane coating to make it waterproof. It also has a handy ID card holder and has easy and secure velcro fastening.
Spot clean or hand wash recommend. Line dry.
25cm high x 15cm wide x 13cm deep.
Cotton farming uses one quarter of the world's pesticides. Although wearing non-organic clothing may not directly affect our health, non-organic cotton production can have a serious effect on the health of cotton farmers.
Much of the world's cotton is grown in developing countries and as more and more pesticides and chemical fertilisers are used, the soil fertility is damaged. This in turn forces farmers to buy more chemicals to encourage their cotton plants to grow – thus sinking them and their families into debt. This means many of these farmers cannot afford to send their children to school.
According to Organic Exchange, more than 170,000 farmers are now growing organic cotton across 22 countries and finding that on average, yields of organic cotton are comparable to those of non-organic cotton. By farming organically, cotton farmers have reported that they can avoid debt and are able to use use viable alternatives to pesticides to protects their health. For example, Ugandan organic cotton farmers use black ants to keep the cotton pests away and grow okra plants next to the cotton plants to attract away cotton stainers - a pest that the black ants don't attack.
Organic cotton farmers can also grow food safely on their land, which they can then use to feed themselves and their families or sell to increase their income, thus providing food security. Organic farmers also report substantially higher incomes, allowing them to educate their children and gain access to health care.
Information from The Soil Association website.
The factory that produces Keep Leaf products is fully committed to being part of The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) - a ground-breaking alliance of companies, trade unions and voluntary organisations. They work in partnership to improve the lives of poor and vulnerable workers across the globe who make or grow consumer goods - everything from tea to T-shirts, from flowers to footballs. The companies committed to this initiative adopt a code of labour practice that they expect all their suppliers to work towards. Such codes address issues like wages, hours of work, health and safety and the right to join free trade unions.
Reuse is often confused with recycling, but they are really quite different. Reuse in the broadest sense means any activity that lengthens the life of an item. Recycling, on the other hand, is the reprocessing of an item into a new raw material for use in a new product. Why is reuse so important? Because at the same time that it confronts the challenges of waste reduction, reuse also sustains a comfortable quality of life and supports a productive economy. It helps support a sustainable economy in the following ways:
* Keeps goods and materials out of the waste stream
* Preserves the 'embodied energy' that was originally used to manufacture an item
* Reduces the strain on valuable resources, such as fuel, forests and water suppliers.
* Creates less air and water pollution then making a new item or recycling.
* Results in less hazardous waste.
* Saves money in purchases and disposal costs.
Keep Leaf was founded by Jaswinder Sahl, a mother from Toronto with a passion for textiles and design. With a growing concern for our environment and a compelling desire to reduce her carbon footprint, Jas promptly began developing products that facilitate the now imperative, environmentally conscious lifestyle.
Keep Leaf is based on her belief that you do not have to compromise on quality and style to observe responsible, sustainable practices and the result is a range of speciality reusable products that are premium quality, modern, chic, easy to use and well priced. Jas knows that in order for consumers to choose reusable over the convenience of disposable, the reusable product must entice with more than just its green credentials.
Asked what makes Keep Leaf’s products unique, Jas points to the company’s playful aesthetic. “That’s what really sets Keep Leaf apart,” she said. “There is a sense of fun to it. There’s lots of colour. It’s very stylish. With our new products, we’re continuing that philosophy – to make sure that going green is not boring. That it’s fun and chic.”