Fashion with a conscience is fashion for progress. Now more than ever, consumers are able to communicate who they are and what they stand for simply through the products they buy and wear. Brands all over the world have responded to a heightened desire for ethically produced, environmentally responsible products. As the fashion industry faces such enlightenment, we have more power than ever to affect real change by being careful and cognizant consumers. All around us, a revolution is taking place; and it’s time we got involved.
Eco-friendly recycled bags label Torrain is a company founded for a global conscience. What began as one Cambodian woman’s quest to make a difference in her community resulted in the creation of the sustainable, socially aware brand. This woman responded to the disastrous influx of toxic, improperly discarded materials in her community by purchasing and recycling them. She then employed local families to create stylish tote bags from the recycled materials.
On a trip to a night market in Cambodia, designer Nyla Jano proposed bumped into this woman and propose that she design and produce the bags. From this initial partnership, the Torrain brand was born. Jano has since forged relationships with various Cambodian communities who have been displaced from farmlands, affected by mines or polio and are now able to be supported by the Torrain label.
Torrain encourages its consumers to purchase with a purpose. Its products are 100% recycled and printed with natural vegetable ink. The Torrain name, fused together by the words “terrain” and “to rain”, signifies the rise and fall of the natural cycles which sustain and refresh the Earth. Like the rain, Torrain renews the Earth and produces change by taking discarded, hazardous materials and creating stylish, savvy bags.
The Portland, Oregon stationed company has grown to include wallets, messenger bags, handbags, shoulder bags and various other styles in addition to the original tote. Jano’s dynamic designs for Torrain evolve every season, with creative new colors and innovative prints. Of course, the vivid graphics aren’t the only appeal of Torrain recycled bags. They are also lightweight, water-resistant and durable; an ideal product for the globe trotter.
Torrain is committed to empowering local Cambodian artisans and reducing the amount of waste in the environment. It is a brand with a conscience; and lucky for us, that is definitely in style.
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