Local brand Evolution Product recently launched an innovative range of 100% linen tote bags, using pieces of off-cut fabric.
Like Evolution Products’ stainless steel drinking straws, which replace the single-use plastic versions, the range of totes was designed to be used as an alternative to plastic shopping bags, which often end up in our oceans, harming the wildlife.
Evolution Product was assisted by The South African Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) when it came to the designs featured on the products. The team at the Institute found a rare book dating back to 1908 by William Tyson, showcasing a collection of pressed Sea Algae, and shared the discovery with Evolution Product, who in turn translated the pressings into a pattern.
Through its offering, Evolution Product aims to create awareness about the plight of our oceans and natural habitats, inspired by David Attenborough’s continued conservation work, as well as the work of Dr Kerry Sink, who after five years of campaigning has managed to increase Marine Protected Areas in South Africa from 0.4% to 5%. The new areas will advance ocean protection by approximately 50 000 km2, an area two and half times the size of the Kruger National Park. Through this unique approach, South Africa establishes itself as a leader in developing country strategies for sustainable oceans.
Evolution Product has also reduced its own waste by introducing biodegradable plastic bags, brown wrapping paper and paper tape for product packaging.
For more information and to shop online, visit evolutionproduct.co.za.