The lack of functionality and versatility in tote bags was an issue I wanted to solve when designing EBA totes. In my personal life I experienced owning tote bags that were stylish but not functional or functional, but not stylish. I would find myself digging endlessly for misplaced items and found it frustrating when I needed two bags to keep my personal items separate from my work, gym or travel items. And I hated that I could not store any water bottles for fear of spills.
These design issues were resolved by two elements: a waterproof lining and separate compartments
All totes feature two large compartments designed to store all the necessities. The first compartment features two pockets. One 11" pocket with a magnetic snap and a 9" zipper pocket. Perfect for keeping your belongings organized. The second compartment is designed to store larger items like books, a lab top or gym clothes. It only features an elastic bottle holder. All totes are lined with a recycled waterproof material to prevent damaging your tote from any spills.
Sustainability is my mission
We only have one planet and sustainability has always been a key focus in my life. I made sure to choose fabrics that were sustainable, made or sourced, and vegan. The faux PU leather is made by Ultrafabrics, a company that highlights sustainable standards both in manufacturing and materials. They are Greenguard Certified and recycle 99% of their waste during manufacturing. Unlike most PVC and some PU faux leathers this does not have a hard plastic faux feel. This vegan leather is soft and buttery that feels comfortable on your body but durable enough to resist mildew, water, stains, and wear and tear.
The waterproof lining is made from a recycled plastic, creating less energy to manufacture, and it utilizes recycled material that would otherwise be discarded to a landfill.
My weaved bags are a combination of 100% linen and blends. Linen is a more sustainable fabric that uses less chemicals and energy to produce. And I am excited to use more weaved materials that are recycled and organic, making future lines feature only sustainable materials.
I have always highlighted that I can do better. The goal is to make each new production of EBA totes more sustainable and zero waste, while highlighting new exciting materials that are innovated, sustainable, and vegan.
Hand Made in the USA
In order to keep the tote bags as hand crafted and high quality as possible, staying in the USA was a must. Elizabeth is a mother located in Michigan who has been sewing all her life. I love her attention to detail and ability to adapt to any changes in designs or new ideas it has been amazing working with her. What makes it even better is when you buy EBA you are supporting two hard working women!
I plan on continuing to keep the production of EBA small to make sure the quality never falters, and to give customers confidence they are buy a bag that makes sustainability, quality, and ethicality a top priority.