We are very much focused on reducing our ecological footprint through our choices in food, lifestyle, and production chain. We want to use fewer products and take care of the things we have.
SUSAN BIJL sets high standards for the materials we use, and we only work with partners we trust.
The New Shopping Bag
The primary purpose of our shopping bag has always been to replace the plastic bags you get at stores and markets. This bag is our contribution to the fight against plastic waste. The bag's original design is based on the silhouette of a generic plastic bag. This simple form is improved by making the side creases deeper and thus adding volume.
We make our bags with a lot of care. They can hold up over 20 kg because we use double seams, extra stitches and bartacks. You only need one, and if you take care of it, you can use it for over 15 years!
Recycled Ripstop Nylon
Our products are crafted from 100% Bluesign®-certified, recycled, ripstop nylon. Not only is it strong and durable, but it can hold a great amount of weight! Recycled nylon is mostly made of fishing nets but also pre-consumer fabric waste and computer chips. For our heavy fabric, which is used in The New Bum Bag, The New Backpack and The New 24/7 Bag, we also use 100% recycled polyester.
All SUSAN BIJL products are GRS certified.
Using fabric made under the Bluesign certificate eliminates harmful substances from the manufacturing process. It sets and maintains standards for products that are both safe and environmentally friendly.
We ethically produce all our products in China. China is a world leader in the area of sustainable innovation. We are in close contact with the production facility, so we have a good sight on the working environment and are sure that the workers work in safe and fair conditions.
We've recently switched to all paper packaging. Paper has much less of an ecological impact, as it is much easier to recycle. We also got rid of all small plastics that are found in hangtags and other attachments. We barely use packaging anyway because we believe bags don't really need any!
We reuse all protective plastics and boxes that our fabric uses for their shipments.
When you order at SUSANBIJL.COM, you won't find unnecessary documents in your parcel, like return forms that you might not use. You can download everything on our website. We think small actions like this to be crucial for a better future.
Our factory cuts the patterns of our products exactly, and any leftover pieces are used to make small parts like bindings. Because our collections are always limited, we sometimes end up with yardage from colours of different collections. We use this in our 'Leftover' series, for which Susan makes completely new colour combinations with unused fabrics.
We frequently get asked if we can use waste or leftover materials from other companies and products. We maintain high-quality standards for our products, so we are reluctant to use alternate materials in our regular production process. That said, we are always curious about whether we can help you with your project. So shoot us an email at email@example.com, and we will see if we can team up!