Our Bangladeshi producers

Our bags on the move in rural Bangladesh

The Principles of Fair Trade​

At Turtle Bags we put human rights at the top of our agenda, we are registered importers with BAFTS and as such we commit to the 10 Principles of Fair Trade Organisations:

1: Creating Opportunities for Economically Disadvantaged Producers 
2: Transparency and Accountability 
3: Fair Trading Practices 
4: Payment of a Fair Price 
5: Ensuring no Child Labour/ Forced Labour 
6: Commitment to Non Discrimination, Gender Equity and Freedom of Association 
7: Ensuring Good Working Conditions 
8: Providing Capacity Building 
9: Promoting Fair Trade 
10: Respect for the Environment 

From the beginning...​

Way back in 2001 when plastic bags were still spilling off the end of our supermarket tills, Turtle Bags was established to raise awareness of the hazards of plastic bags and sell alternatives. 

Plastic in our seas is a problem which is invisible to most of us in our daily lives but will be causing problems for many decades disrupting food chains and suffocating sea life. Leatherback Turtles travel to British Waters looking for jellyfish. Sadly, they mistake our discarded plastic bags for their favourite food. 

We work with our fair trade partners who share our environmental values to supply environmentally friendly bags. Inspired by turtles, our Turtle Bags are a practical reminder that plastic never goes away.

What does it mean to be GOTS certified?​

GOTS is a textile production certification that limits the use of toxic bleaches, dyes and other chemical inputs during the production process of textiles. It is internationally recognised as the toughest organic textile standard because it goes far beyond verifying the organic farming process to include every step of manufacturing. To obtain the GOTS “organic” label, a product must:

  1. Contain at least 95% organic fibre.

  2. Not be treated with bleach, formaldehyde or any other toxic substances

  3. Be coloured with nontoxic dyes

  4. Be produced in a mill that enforces strict social and environmental standards, treating their employees and the earth with deep respect. GOTS certification means that our products meet the very highest standards.

With more plastic than fish in our seas a possibility by 2050 according to some predictions, our reliance on plastic is clear. That’s why Turtle Bags are supporting the Marine Conservation Society’s Plastic Challenge, challenging YOU to give up single-use plastic.

Turtle Bags is a Registered Importer withBAFTS 

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