A beautiful vegan handbag is the ultimate fashion accessory. And the biggest eye-catcher! At a party, on the street or at work: with Matt & Nat's handbags, laptop bags and wallets, you make a sustainable choice.
And come on, that's what bags are for. Right?
Oh, they also sell nice vegan belts, shoes and sunglasses.
Canadian full vegan brand MAT(T)ERIAL and NATURE was founded in 1995. Their motto is 'Live beautifully'. Or in other words: be a fair person, in what you do and what you wear. Matt & Nat focuses on social responsibility, inclusiveness, integrity, willingness to learn, authenticity and... love. Of course. All you need is love, the Beatles already sang it.
Since its foundation in '95, the brand has been experimenting with different materials: cork, cardboard, natural rubber and recycled nylon. And as of 2007 Matt & Nat has been making the lining of its bags out of 100% recycled plastic bottles. You know: that's 1,200,000 fewer bottles a year that end up in landfills! PrETty good, don't you think?
The bags and accessories are made out of vegan leather: PU (polyurethane) and PVC (polyvinyl chloride). Plastic, yes. And Matt & Nat is well aware of that. That's why they prefer to use PU, because it is less harmful to the environment. When there is really no other option, PVC is used. In the meantime, the designers of Matt & Nat are looking for more sustainable materials. Their newest raw material: recycled bicycle tires. How crazy is that!
Matt & Nat is taking its social responsibility seriously. The brand encourages its employees to volunteer as much as possible - if it fits in with their busy work schedule, that is. Uh? It would be nice to have more transparent data on this, Matt & Nat.
Whether all suppliers are happy, the brand is a bit vague about that. Matt & Nat produces its bags and accessories in small Chinese factories. They emphasize that they have a long-term relationship with these factories and that they ensure that their products are produced according to their own ethical standards. But what does that mean, exactly?
Matt & Nat stimulates upcycling, but does not take back any old bags to recycle them again. What you haven't worn for six months can make someone else happy! So, let's go to the recycling shop with it.
Matt & Nat makes beautiful bags, shoes and trendy accessories without animal products. For eco-fashionistas that want to shine with a sustainable handbag!