Good for People and Planet

Our NGO partner, Non-Timber Forest Products (NTFP), works directly with artisans to ensure forest products used in our eco-bags are supplied sustainably. NTFP helps us work directly with artisans of the rainforest and sets guidelines for fair trade and sustainability standards. They were the first NGO to initiate sustainability certification programs with the Dayak artisans in rainforests of Borneo.

Design Your Own

Join us in the #slowfashion movement as we take a stand for the health of our natural world. We’re thick into the research and design phase of our business, and you can help us by testing our software that allows you to design your own handbag. Express yourself and create an eco- bag that is your very own style. Soon, we'll be building custom bags with natural materials that are not only beautiful but good for the planet.  

Empower Women


Now more than ever, women are being called to rise and stand in unity to be represented in our global communities. Please join our initiative to amplify the goddess within each of us. Send a free token of appreciation to a woman you love or nominate someone for the Goddess on the Rise search.


Laurel style handmade rattan handbag with orange leather accents. Eco-friendly, beautiful and durable. Purchase for $200

I love my bag! It has tons of room, plenty of pockets for organizing, and it looks great on my arm. I like that my tablet fits in it nicely as well.

Aspen style handmade rattan handbag with red leather accents and bamboo handle. Purchase for $150

Love my Aspen, the pockets inside fit my cards and a separate pocket for iphone. Like that I can have the bag on my shoulder, flip the clasp, reach the items I need and re-clasp without taking the bag off my shoulder. The red leather shoulder band allows the purse to hang at a high waist height, good for viewing what is inside when open. I have not been using the bamboo handle, but may with certain outfits in the summer. The bottom of the bag has brass feet which balance the bag when set down. Lovely.

I ordered this purse for my mom’s birthday. After I placed my order Carole sent me an email saying that it was out of stock, but they should have it in time to ship. Carole followed up with tracking information and the purse arrived the morning of my mom’s birthday.

My mom loved the purse, especially the inside divider and the two strap/handle options.

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Purse for the People Blog


Tigers Teeth and Fashion Fibers

The adventure of finding new and interesting fibers from the forests of Borneo is filled with surprises. We’ve shared the natural materials of rattan, water hyacinth, banana and pandan in our previous posts, so what could possibly be next?  There really are a surprising number of fibers yet to talk about, all beautiful, natural and […]

banana III

Notes from the Rainforest:

What We Found: In our last post we introduced two materials from the rainforest: rattan and water hyacinth.  We wanted to introduce pandan and banana this week.  Each of these materials will be detailed at length in future posts.   We also made a brief video of our adventures into Java and Borneo to share from […]

Sustainablychic Aspen Bag by Purse for the People

What We Found in the Forest

Natural Materials from the Rainforest Overview Rattan and Water Hyacinth:  If we use more of these materials, positive economic pressures are placed to keep the forest in tact.  The indigenous people of the forest also benefit by staying on the land and managing it in the sustainable ways of their ancient cultures. As the New […]


8 of Our Favorite Eco Shoe Companies

Over the years, shoe production has been linked to sweatshop labor and processes that are environmentally hazardous. The following are our favorite shoe brands that are changing that perception by producing fairly-made shoes that are not only ethical but high-quality.   El Naturalista   El Naturalista from Spain uses sustainable, high-quality fabrics, innovative features, and […]


Our Favorite Top 5 Natural Sunscreens

If you want the best protection for your skin, steer clear of chemical sunscreens which have been linked to not only allergic reactions but hormonal disruptions and early onset puberty, low sperm count, and breast cancer. Opt for natural sunscreens which David Colbert, MD of New York Dermatology Group, describes as “a million little umbrellas protecting […]