Earth Divas Review (and Giveaway!)

Posted on August 5, 2010 by Stefanie

Earth Divas Fair Trade Made

Does anybody here remember that I’m the Greenist who’s supposed to talk about green cleaning? That’s OK; I nearly forgot, too. Sorry, folks, but I’ve had soy candles to tell you about! And book release-related local drinking to do! I’ll get back to the green cleaning tips eventually, but first, let’s do one more product review.

A while ago, a representative from Earth Divas fair trade handmade products contacted me, asking if I’d like to give one of their handbags a test drive. I’m no Carrie Bradshaw, but I’m still girlie enough not to turn down a new bag, so I happily let them send their blue and natural hemp shoulder bag (shown above) off to me.

Earth Divas sells bags and accessories that are handcrafted in Nepal by working women’s co-ops and small, woman-owned cottage industry producers. Working as artisans for Earth Divas provides women who would otherwise have few employment options a safe career path that pays a comfortable living wage. (Earth Divas’ artisans are paid 30% or more over their local wage rate, and the company returns its profits to the workers at the end of each year in the form of a bonus check.) Working with Earth Divas allows these women to feed their families better food, buy clothing and other necessities, and send their children to school. This, in turn, affects the entire village in a positive way.

Most of the Earth Divas bags (like the one I received) are made from high-quality, sustainable hemp, which grows wild in the Himalayan foothills and is harvested by hand. (Other bags are made from organic cotton or recycled silk.)

I’ve been using my new Earth Divas bag as my primary handbag for over a month now, and I’m totally a fan. It’s a cute casual bag perfect for summer, and it’s got plenty of pocketed and zippered areas to hold all my assorted necessities. My only caveat (which I mention only to prepare you, should you decide to purchase one of the company’s fine products for yourself) is that it did have a rather strong, shall we say… earthy scent to it when I first took it out of the package (a side effect of the natural fibers, I presume), but after a few days’ airing out, that smell was a distant memory. The bag has held up really well, with no signs of weakness or fraying, and it’s softened nicely (but not worn down) with continued use.

Overall, Earth Divas seems to me a great company that sells great products for a great cause. I’d love it if you visited their site and found something you simply had to order for yourself. In fact, as an added incentive to check them out, the company has offered to send one lucky Greenists reader a free Earth Divas bag of their very own. That lucky reader could be YOU!

To enter, simply check out the wide array of Earth Divas handbags and leave a comment below telling us which one you like best. (There are lots of them, and their names aren’t in all cases super unique, so you might be best off copying and pasting the product page’s URL in your comment, or TinyURL-ing it for us.)

For extra chances to win, you can also tweet about their products and/or follow Earth Divas on Twitter or Facebook. (Just swing back here leaving another comment to let me know you did so.)

We’ll draw a winner a week from today (on Thursday, August 12), so get your entries in before 12:00 am Central time that day. Good luck!

Note: Contest is now closed. Thank you!

21 Comments +

  1. http://www.earthdivas.com/mh-133-grb-hemp-handbag-green-brown-2-flaps-w-studs.aspx

    Their jewelry is great too!

    Thanks for the awesome products once again!

    August 5th, 2010 at 9:34 am
    Comment by Emily Careen Caton
  2. http://www.earthdivas.com/nfp-14-341-hemp-fabric-shoulder-bag-hand-embroidered.aspx

    Thanks so much for the link…I love that there’s so many bags to choose from and they’re all pretty reasonably priced to boot. And I’ve also started following them on Twitter and Facebook. :)

    August 5th, 2010 at 9:53 am
    Comment by Jennifer Y.
  3. Ooh, they look lovely!

    I was torn between a handbag looking one or a satchel kind – and the satchel won: it would travel better. Plus, I’m lusting over navy blue!

    http://www.earthdivas.com/khg-05-blk-hemp-and-kashmir-wool-handbag.aspx

    And I tweeted, but I fail at remembering how to link an individual tweet: @breathegently

    August 5th, 2010 at 10:06 am
    Comment by Aly @ Breathe Gently
  4. It’s really hard to pick just one bag, but I love the Fish Bone Patch bag.

    August 5th, 2010 at 10:08 am
    Comment by Diana
  5. Oops. here’s the link: http://www.earthdivas.com/mh-152-fish-bone-patch-bag.aspx

    August 5th, 2010 at 10:09 am
    Comment by Diana
  6. Thanks

    August 5th, 2010 at 10:29 am
    Comment by m
  7. http://www.earthdivas.com/mh-156-gr-college-bag.aspx

    Thanks for the great review and for letting us know about this company. I’d love to win a bag, but even if I don’t, I’ve bookmarked the company so I can look at them again come holiday shopping time.

    August 5th, 2010 at 10:51 am
    Comment by Katie
  8. Tweeted and posted your site on FB because these hand bags are ADORABLE! I’m partial to http://www.earthdivas.com/mh-135-nnb-oc-hemp-handbag-natural-brown-double-ring-org-cotton-lining.aspx but also love http://www.earthdivas.com/mh-154-bl-square-patch-bag.aspx Making plans to pick one up for myself next payday!

    August 5th, 2010 at 11:14 am
    Comment by Paulazar
  9. I like the look of this one:
    http://tinyurl.com/27v2ae8

    August 5th, 2010 at 12:07 pm
    Comment by Teresa
  10. I like this one for fall/winter:
    http://www.earthdivas.com/nhb-125-blk-hemp-handbag-w-front-pockets.aspx

    August 5th, 2010 at 12:08 pm
    Comment by Teresa
  11. Okay, I would kill for the Hemp Document Bag in red as my school bag (or blue, I’m not too fussed). Love!

    http://www.earthdivas.com/nfp-14-308-2-hemp-document-bag-large-red.aspx

    August 5th, 2010 at 12:12 pm
    Comment by nancypearlwannabe
  12. http://www.earthdivas.com/nfp-14-305-deluxe-hemp-backpack-with-laptop-storage-no-embroidery.aspx

    This is exactly what I’ve been looking for! I NEED a backpack. Thanks for the info.

    August 5th, 2010 at 5:09 pm
    Comment by Lynn
  13. Comment by Colleen Turner
  14. http://tinyurl.com/3ayghfc is really beautiful, I love the detailing on it.

    August 6th, 2010 at 8:17 pm
    Comment by Sarah Lemons
  15. http://www.earthdivas.com/mh-155-rt-aari-work-hand-bag.aspx

    I like the orange one though I wish it was more brightly colored.

    August 7th, 2010 at 12:39 pm
    Comment by Howling Hill
  16. http://www.earthdivas.com/hrb001-hemprec-silk-shoulder-bag.aspx

    Hemp Rec Silk Shoulder Bag

    What an awesome collection of bags! Really great prices as well, thanks!

    August 7th, 2010 at 7:37 pm
    Comment by Jeremy Fish
  17. I think my favorite is the one pictured in your post! http://www.earthdivas.com/mh101-blu-hemp-shoulder-bag-blue-and-natural.aspx

    August 7th, 2010 at 7:40 pm
    Comment by Kathleen
  18. [...] thanks so much for participating in last week’s Earth Divas contest. I’m really glad I asked you all to include the link to the bag you liked best. I could have [...]

    August 12th, 2010 at 5:08 pm
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  19. When I first learned about this company, I thought it must be too good to be true. I’m so glad to hear that you loved the bag. I’ve had my eye on two and am trying (really trying) to pick one. It would be more eco-conscious to get them both at once, though, right? Less carbon in shipping?

    August 12th, 2010 at 9:21 pm
    Comment by Julie
  20. Julie, TOTALLY! Maybe I’m just being an enabler, but I say that’s some rock solid logic right there. :-)

    August 12th, 2010 at 11:05 pm
    Comment by Stefanie
  21. Wow, these are so cool! Thanks for sharing :) I like this one:

    http://store.greensmart.biz/puku.htm in Olive :D

    December 31st, 2010 at 12:25 pm
    Comment by Kris

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