At The Healthy Back Bag the values of craftsmanship, quality and sustainability form the backbone of our manufacturing process.
We’re proud to say that we’re uncompromising in our commitment to nurturing long-term relationships with suppliers who treat their workers fairly. The Healthy Back Bag has been produced by the same contract factories in China for over 20 years and we visit them 3 to 4 times a year. Working conditions match or exceed the standard of one of our major US customers, LL Bean, who are known to have the highest requirements in the industry – above and beyond statutory international standards.
It is our company-wide mission to work alongside our global supply chain in safeguarding the working conditions and rights of the workers in the factories that supply our products. We agree with and aim to support and reflect values of such ethical institutes as the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) whose base code states the following key principles:
- Employment is freely chosen.
- Freedom of association and the right to collective bargaining are respected.
- Working conditions are safe and hygienic.
- Child labour shall not be used.
- Living wages are paid.
- Working hours are not excessive.
- No discrimination is practised.
- Regular employment is provided.
- No harsh or inhumane treatment is allowed.
We will continue to work with our suppliers and strive to uphold the highest standards throughout our supply chain so that people can always wear their Healthy Back Bag with confidence and pride.
On top of our commitment to sustainable and ethical production of our bags, we have supported a number of different charities over the years.
By using our customer base and marketing resources we are able to reach a large number of people and help raise awareness for causes, crises, and charities that we believe in.
On top of this we run fundraising campaigns alongside our awareness campaigns to raise donations.
Here are some of the charities we have supported over the years:
Recently we relaunched our Cause Bag, of which a percentage of the sales from this bag (since 2016) to CoppaFeel. The Cause Bag is a Large Baglett featuring the pink breast cancer ribbon with a matching pink lining. This bag has proved immensely popular with people really getting behind the idea and sales continue year round.
Our donations go to helping raise awareness of the importance of early detection of breast cancer.
London-wide charity working to prevent homelessness and help vulnerable and socially excluded people to transform their lives.
The Healthy Back Bag Company regularly gives a number of bags which are raffled to raise funds for the charity.
“We have been so grateful to the Healthy Back Bag Company for all the donations they have given us over the last few years.
These kind donations have meant we have been able to give Healthy Back Bags to many of our clients, who have all been extremely pleased to get such a cool looking bag for free!
These donations have also meant we have been able to raffle off bags at Christmas to our staff team, raising money to purchase essential items for our clients and giving some lucky staff members an extra Christmas present.
Thanks again for all your support – it’s really appreciated.”
– Finlay Campbell, Service Manager
Earlier this year we donated 200 bags to Care International UK. This charity aims to provide relief for humanitarian crises worldwide. Our donation was made to help provide support for the huge numbers of Syrian refugees currently stuck in appalling conditions in camps throughout Europe.
Set up in 1945 Care have been fighting poverty around the globe for over 70 years now, and continue to be a powerful force for good.
Every year Movember comes around and men begin sprouting gaudy facial foliage in the name of beating prostate cancer. In 2015 and 2016 we ran our own HBB campaigns and raised awareness and funds for the Movember Foundation.
Bristol based charity improving outcomes for women undergoing breast surgery as part of their breast cancer treatment.
Over the course of 4 years (2007-2011) The Healthy Back Bag Company donated a percentage of revenues from a range of pink bags along with Cause Bags which were manufactured specifically to raise funds for breast cancer charities.
Asian based foundation working to raise awareness of global environmental issues, campaigning for better environmental practices and taking action against deforestation and climate change by planting trees.
The Healthy Back Bag Company donated a percentage of revenues from a range of green bags over a 3 year period. (2007-2010).
Whilst our manufacturing remains overseas we often source fabrics from British companies. We have collaborated with some fantastic British textile producers over the years, producing high end, sustainably produced bags.
Some of the companies we have worked with recently are:
Melin Tregwynt have over 100 years of experience in the textile world. Set up in 1912, their water powered woollen mill in Pembrokeshire is still working. So heritage, experience and three generations of family skill are what Melin Tregwynt bring to the table.
Their exclusive wool blankets, throws, cushions, furniture, accessories and clothing combine authentic Welsh tradition with innovative and modern design.
Using a mixture of old and new techniques as well as sourcing their materials like their wool from Welsh farmers makes them an important part of their local community which we are really glad to help support.
Our newest collaboration bags proved so popular we decided to move them into our core range.
Margo Selby is a woven textile designer who produces exceptional quality and highly original and innovative textural designs.
We have worked with Margo several times over the years making some gorgeous collaborative bags.
Studio Donegal produces the highest quality handwoven tweed at their mill in the picturesque village of Kilcar in Ireland.
Studio Donegal HBBs were made to be soft, amazingly durable, weather resistant and easy to clean. The heritage of Donegal is woven into this lush tweed and you can tell that care and love has gone into every design and every centimetre of fabric they weave.
Everything with the Studio Donegal label is hand woven and made in the mill in Kilcar.
Harris Tweed has become the quality control mark in the tweed industry. What we really like about tweed and the Harris Tweed in particular is that it isn’t stuck in the past but has progressed and developed over the years so that the range and quality of tweed has grown better and better. They have found a way to comfortably produce fabrics that suggest an intimate link between past and present, tradition and modernity.
We have made several collaborations with with Harris Tweed, creating perfectly British bags supporting the long history of weaving in the UK.