The Cow Funder Initiative
Would you like to be part of making the most sustainable leather bags in the world? We recently launched our social innovation project The Cow Funder Initiative, to showcase a revolutionary new way of making leather goods with a long-term positive outcome for all, on all bottom lines. Become a Cow Funder to join our mission.
How it works?
Its simple, really. You buy a bag, a family gets a cow, we make the bag, and the world gets better.
Just one cow can be the difference between simply surviving to thriving for a struggling family in rural Bangladesh. During the cow’s lifetime, its health and wellness will be carefully catered to by the family, along with a project team on location. At end-of-life, the family takes care of and sells the meat, and the rawhide is taken care of by the project team. Win-win-win.
We believe that agency and trust are key to creating strong communities. Therefore, a family who signs up to raise a cow becomes our partners, receiving special education. All families are initiated and trained in the project in collaboration with NGO The Swallows. With a cow, the family can earn up to a year’s income from the meat, enabling whole new possibilities. Such as sending the kids to school. Building a new roof. Or re-invest in a new cow.
A wholly traceable and well-kept rawhide is the outcome of working in transparent, dignified partnership with local families, organisations and companies. In our world-unique spruce bark tannery in Swedish Böle, the final full grain vegetable-tanned leather is developed. The entire process is salt-free with no harmful chemicals. There is zero discharge. Only renewable energy from biogas and solar power is used.
All Sandlund/Hossain bags are made using our custom-developed vegetable leather tanning method. Our signature lining is made by Thanapara Development Society, a woman-led cooperative with great experience in textiles. The cloth is made with organic cotton, traditionally hand loomed and coloured with vegetable extracts. We use only YKK Excella zippers. Every aspect is handcrafted to last beautifully for generations to come. If you choose to become a Cow Funder by purchasing a bag from our limited Cow Funder Edition, your bag will be specially embossed with the initiative logo inside, marking your support. In the near future, all bags will be made by the leather ultimately developed through this initiative.
Finally, the leather and bags made possible through The Cow Funder Initiative will be available to everyone. As a Cow Funder, you will of course be the first to know and receive a special deal. And the more people carry the message of social good and sustainability with them, the more difference we can make on all bottom lines, across all borders, for us all and the world we live in.
To join our mission and become a Cow Funder, buy a bag and welcome to the family.