Canopy Verde is a company making its way to the top in the world of ecofriendly handbags. Canopy Verde was founded in 2008 by Linda Wong, the genius behind the brand. She began her company with seven simple handbag styles ranging from clutches to weekenders, all made of organic cotton, bamboo-blend fabric, chrome-free leather, OEKO-TEX 100 certified dyes (an independent European organization in which no harmful chemicals and substances are used in the dying process), and chemical-free embroidery (thread that is free of AZO, a harmful chemical). Canopy Verde’s mission to minimize their ecological footprint and constant evaluation of manufacturing processes even reaches its packaging, which is made from locally recycled plastic and recycled paper used for marketing materials.
Cassia handbag by Canopy Verde, $249. Courtesy of Canopy Verde.
Behind Canopy Verde’s “modern meets earth-friendly” principle is the concept of combining modern design with an environmentally friendly approach. To achieve this, each step of the process, from design to manufacturing to packaging was carefully thought out. In selecting the raw material for her latest collection, Wong scoured the fabric market in China to find certified suppliers of ecofriendly fabrics.
Pomelo clutch by Canopy Verde, $85. Courtesy of Canopy Verde.
Canopy Verde’s bags are made only from organic cotton, bamboo-blend fabric, and chrome-free leather. Organic cotton is grown without synthetic chemicals, such as pesticides, insecticides, and herbicides. These chemicals pollute the environment, harm the health of workers on these farms, and negatively impact soil fertility in the long term. Most leather makers use heavy metals, such as chrome to process animal skin into durable leather. The use of chrome leads to toxic contamination of air, water, and soil. Chrome-free leather removes this harmful component to minimize the damaging effect on the environment, yet still preserves the soft feel and texture of supple leather. Clutches, totes, bowlers, and hobos are available in several luscious shades, even the names are reminiscent of going green, such as ivory tree, natural tree, chocolate tree, plum tree, and black tree. Each bag features wooden feet instead of metal or plastic, with the exception of the clutch. You’ll find select Canopy Verde handbags at Matthew Izzo at 151 North 3rd Street in Old City. Prices range from $85 for the Pomelo clutch to $249 for the Cassia, a larger tote.
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151 North 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106