How sustainable is your wardrobe? in this new column, Jessica Carroll challenges fashion’s ecological references
Bag, £325, aspinaloflondon.com
Don’t be fooled by its croc leather look: this bag is actually made from Oomium, a Peta-approved plant-based material, which under the right conditions is over 80% biodegradable after 90 days , so it won’t drag. in landfill. However, the shoulder strap is made of nylon, so it should be recycled separately.
While Aspinal gets a push to be part of Sedex, an organization that helps it rate and track who makes its products, the company refuses to make that information public. Why? Aspinal says it’s because of the competitive nature of the fashion industry. We say: for your customers to make informed decisions, you need to be transparent.
Impossible to calculate because Aspinal will not disclose its manufacturers. However, being primarily biodegradable, when the bag reaches the end of its life it will not require air polluting incineration.
Aspinal has reduced its use of plastic since 2020, so it was sent to the UK in a compostable bag and will be delivered to customers in recycled paper and cardboard instead of bubble wrap and tape. It’s a trade that more brands should make.
The extra mile
Since 2018, his Aspinal Bee Project has been helping to combat declining insect numbers. As well as planting a wildflower meadow in the South Downs to support bee ecosystems, he has had beehives built near his West Sussex headquarters.
This camera bag has it all, and Aspinal’s pieces are designed for fashion. However, sustainability is not only about the environment, but also about the people behind the products. Aspinal needs to be more open about its suppliers so buyers know who makes its parts and whether it’s done fairly.
Our rating: 4/5
Would score higher if transparency improved