It's gorgeous. It has a ridiculously large capacity. And it supports a good cause. What more could you ask for in a bag?!?
|My tote today (we ate the popcorn & lettuce already)|
And on top of that, they support a good cause. Rising Tide fair trade bags are handmade in Africa from locally sourced fabric. The company makes sure the African women who sew the bags are being paid fair wages.
|closeup of the amazing fabric w/ running stitch detail on my tote!|
|pockets w/ my phone & calendar for size reference|
|Zipper pouch on other side|
And the Beach and Market Tote is far from the only awesome bag from Rising Tide Fair Trade. They have a wide range of purses and totes, from these cute envelope clutches (big enough for iPads!):
|Safi Envelope Clutch (picture from Rising Tide website)|
|Kumba Shoulder Tote (pic from Rising Tide website)|
Besides the fact that Rising Tide Fair Trade bags are gorgeous, I also absolutely love that the women who started Rising Tide aren't just talking about helping struggling families in Africa- they are hiring them and selling the goods they produce.
I went on a mission trip to Mozambique about 10 years ago and at the time, $3/year was the cost of attending school-a price most families couldn't afford. So you can trust that the profits the women sewing these fabulous purses and totes are making really can make a huge impact for their families and possibly their entire communities. Definitely much more so than buying a purse from the mall by some European designer. We in America tend not to realize the value of a dollar in impoverished third world nations, but even a few dollars can help. The price of a purse? Can help a lot.
And speaking of the generous ladies behind Rising Tide Fair Trade, they've given us an exclusive coupon code to use! Put the code "Crunchy20" in the promo box and you'll get 20% off your entire order from Rising Tide Fair Trade between now and the end of the day on Sunday. So hurry-go buy some fabulous bags!
I received a free tote bag for review purposes. I received no other compensation and my opinions are honest!