Why should retailers and consumers buy bags which are made overseas?
The BANG consortium bags are designed in Australia by five Australian mums, who outsource the production to their fair trade NGO partner, BRAC in Bangladesh.  
  • The products are:
  • Made of jute which is 100% biodegradable
  • Affordable, reusable and strong
  • Developed in a sustainable fair trade manufacturing environment
  • Capable of being supplied to mainstream retailers with co-branded and own-branded bags

Since 80% of the world’s highest quality jute is grown in Bangladesh, making the product in Bangladesh minimizes the distance that raw materials need to travel to production facilities, which then ship finished products to end-users all over the world.  It would be a waste of energy resources to manufacture this product in Australia, where there are no raw materials, only to re-export it. 

Bangladesh is also classified as a Lesser Developed Country, (“LDC”), the underlying criteria of which is low income, weak human resources and a low level of economic diversification.  The classification is reviewed every three years by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Bangladesh as the brainchild of micro-credit has a natural partner in fair trade, and BANG consortium has seized this opportunity to support Bangladesh in their self-help form of much-needed trade, rather than aid.  This has helped empower vulnerable communities by building a future for the next generation. 

BANG consortium’s jute production comes principally from Rishilpi in Bangladesh, a fair trade production facility which supports not only the community in which it operates but also local disabled people.