We were recently interviewed by Clever Tech Digest, about the mindful and innovative ways we at Crystalyn Kae keep our planet clean without sacrificing style.
What is the environmental impact of manufacturing vegan bags?
I have a hard time with people who say that buying a vegan bag is going to save the planet, because at the end of the day: buying fake leather bags is really bad for the planet. Most are synthetic and fall apart within a year. You can buy a vegan handbag at Target, but they are not going to last and are made under questionable labor conditions.
However, my vegan bags are exceptionally durable, made in the USA, and will hold up for a long time. I really respect the vegan lifestyle, and I want to be able to offer something to vegans.
If we really want to make an environmental impact, we should just stop eating meat. If people stopped eating animals there would be no leather to be tanning or making bags with. But in the meantime, I enjoy making something special out of this precious resource.
Tell me more about why you chose to keep your products made in the US.
I still work with one of my original manufacturers in Seattle and now workshops in the Garment District of Manhattan, New York. I still do some light production in house. I usually make the first 10-15 bags myself: all the samples. And then once I get wholesale orders, I know how many I should make, and I will make a batch with my favorite guy Singh, here in the city. I’m very hands on with production, running back and forth between Midtown and Brooklyn a few times a week. I don’t want to mass produce junk from China. There are so many fabrics and details I want to keep track of. If I sent my designs to China, I would send them a drawing, but they would choose the fabrics, the threads, and the buttons. That doesn’t sound fun! That sounds horrible to me.
"All of the products we consume make an impact on the environment. We cannot fight the nature of consumption and our exponentially growing population. How, where, and with what materials things are made determine just how much of an impact a product's lifecycle can create. " - Clever Tech Digest