In the Spotlight: Carry a Country with Taaluma Totes
May 13, 2014
Making money and making a difference aren’t mutually exclusive, although it often seems that way in the world of business. The Cabell Brand Center strives to recognize and appreciate businesses in our region which make a point of “promoting the common good” by choosing responsible business practices.
Taaluma Totes is one such company making a difference around the world - and doing it with style! This Virginia-based company was founded by two Virginia Tech alumni after traveling abroad and falling in love with fabric. Not just any fabric though, traditionally made fabrics that represent the communities and cultures that made them. How could they share these beautiful crafts with the world? How could the world give back to these communities? Jack and Alley dreamed of connecting small communities with a worldwide market through sustainably sourced tote bags - and Taaluma Totes was born! Listen to them tell the whole story in this video.
Taaluma Totes started carrying bags from only three countries: Ghana, Indonesia, and Uganda. Now, they also work with India, Guatemala, the Ivory Coast, Thailand, Mali, Rwanda, Kenya and Vietnam! The backpacks are hand made right here in the USA and even feature sections of reused burlap coffee bags. Learn more about how Taaluma Totes are made.