Ethical Advent Day 8: Matt & Nat Bags

If you want to treat someone this Christmas with a beautiful new accessory that’s not only ethically produced but you know is going to last the distance, you can’t go wrong with Matt & Nat. Anyone who actually knows me will know how much I love this company and their products.

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The name Matt & Nat stands for material and nature. Their products are 100% vegan, using vegan leathers and eco-friendly materials like recycled nylon, cork and rubber, and their bag linings are made from 100% plastic bottles, with each bag recycling around 21 bottles. Their bags are designed in Montreal and created in China, potentially not the best carbon footprint (depending on where you are in the world) but they are created under ethical conditions. Matt & Nat make sure the factories they work with qualify for the SA8000 standard certification, and they personally visit every factory they partner with and foster relationships with factory owners, making sure they are able to be involved and ensure integrity in every stage of the production process. You can learn more about this here.

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Also, they’re just gorgeous bags. As opposed to getting a new bag every birthday and holiday, Matt & Nat are a great present to counteract the idea of fast fashion. Their designs are classic and timeless whilst also being designed with longevity in mind:

‘Each season, several quality control tests are performed on all new styles. We also appropriate ourselves these styles and test them in our daily lives. By doing this, we test the wear and tear of our materials and make sure that our bags are as functional and resistant as they are fashionable. The designs are well thought out and meant to be practical. Furthermore, thanks to their durability and strength, our bags can last a very long time and, hence, are sustainable products.’

Buy these as a statement, long lasting gift instead of a high street bag that will fall apart in six months. There have a huge range of styles to suit any age, gender or requirement, meaning there really is something for everyone with Matt & Nat.

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You can shop more Matt & Nat styles here (and trust me, there are A LOT)
Until next time, stay magic y’all.

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