Sustainable and Recycled Materials
From Belo's aim is to create fashion that is kind to both people and the planet. We consciously source sustainable and recycled materials for all our products, many which have been rescued from landfill and through our products have been given a second life.
We believe in transparency throughout our production line and also how we source materials.
Fairtrade doesn't begin and end with our team it includes our supply chain too!
We work with a range of supplies that supply us with old seat belts to recycled plastic bottle fabrics to decommissioned construction wood. For us to ensure a working partnership that maintains our values we map out the supply chain for each of the products that we use to create our products. This enables us to inspect each segment of the supply chain of each source of material.. This ensures that we work with reputable suppliers who treat their team right and actually say what they are doing. The most important part of this process for us is the relationship building. Knowing who we are working with and ensuring we have shared values helps us maintain a supply chain that provides opportunity for every person who is involved.
To find our more about how we do fairtrade click here.
Seat Belt Handbags
We work closely with mechanic shops in Belo Horizonte, Brazil where we source decommissioned seat belts. These were soon to be relegated to landfill where it takes 200 to 400 years to decompose. Even worse, burnt.
Whilst these seat belts were no longer suitable for use in vehicles, they were destined for bigger and better things. Every seat belt is carefully cleansed using coconut soap, each was given a new life as part of our gorgeous sustainable designer handbags and accessories.
Recycled and Reformed Fabrics
Our plastic bottle fabric is sourced from a local manufacturer that takes excess fabrics from the fashion industry. This is then blended using heat with plastic bottles to make a new thread. This thread is woven into the fabric we use for the lining.
The same principle goes for the recycled cotton fabric used as the main outer textile structure of this bag. A local co-operative picks up excess fabrics, separates them into different colours. They are then chopped up until they turn it back into fibres to make a brand new thread. The thread is woven into this beautiful fabric.
The beauty of both recycled fabrics is that there is no chemicals, water or CO2 emissions in the process them. This is all certified by the European Commission EU Eco-Label.
Off Cuts of Fabric From The Fashion Industry
Our Lucia Tote bags are made from woven off cuts of fabrics left over from the fashion industry. Our artisan Waltley weaves them together on a hand loom to create a truly beautiful and unique recycled fabric handbag.
This material if not re-used would end up in landfill.
Demolition Wood Handles
There is a lot of wood that gets discarded in the building industry. We collect the waste and turn them into the handles you see on our Lucia tote bag.
Organic GOTS Certified Organic Cotton
Our packaging is made using GOTS Certified organic cotton. Lovingly designed so that each dust bag can multitask as a shopping bag or even a pillow if you are on the move. It's so versatile it works with you. This design emphasizes our belief in minimal, sustainable packaging as well as bags.
We want to leave the world a better place than when we found it. By re-imagining one person’s trash into another’s treasure, we can start the change to make that happen.