Helen Marcoschamer - Ecoist

Winner of the The 360 Vodka Best Green Handbag


2008 Finalist Helen Marcoschamer Ecoist

Helen Marcoschamer FINALIST'S PROFILE

What is your bag made out of?
Recycled and Repurposed Candy Wrappers

What made you decide to create a "Green Bag"?
To merge design with social and environmental consciousness to provide stylish, functional, and durable products that people will love to own. All our products are made from recycled, organic, or earth-friendly materials, and are manufactured through our network of fair trade partnerships around the world. We wanted to reduce landfill waste and with every bag sold, we plant a tree.

Where are you bags made? Are they made by hand or manufactured?
They are made in Mexico and Peru. Once we get the discarded wrappers from factories, the wrappers are then cut, folded into straps, weaved, and sewn by skilled artisans. Each one is 100 % handmade. Ecoist is proud of its fair trade practices and contributions to social causes.

Where are bags sold?
Throughout the US, UK, Japan, Latin America, Canada, Saudi Arabia, and Europe.

See other finalists from the 2008 handbag awards