Much has been written about the legacy the Bauhaus School has left on many fields, above all design and architecture and, by extension, art and culture. Their contribution on a social and political level, in many ways revolutionary and other ways perhaps disappointing, has also been exhaustively analyzed.
From any perspective, their contribution represents a turning point in the discussion.
Bauhaus is also a creative totem for us, one that we often turn to and that we wanted to pay tribute to.
At the intersection of this admiration and our ethical values, our Baghaus Collection was born.
Baghaus is a play on words that refers to two different realities. On one hand, in the literal sense, it refers to bags meant for everyday, household use. On the other hand, it is a clear allusion to the Bahaus School.
The beginning concept for this collection is to emphasize the message of ethical responsibility that we all should take on, making a commitment to reduce the use of plastic in our daily lives. The bags we propose are intended to replace single-use plastic bags, while also being made from recycled plastic.
The data we currently know about the plastic problem reveals a picture of imminent and catastrophic environmental collapse. Here is some of the data that the World Economic Forum has recently released:
- 8 million tons of plastic enter the ocean every year.
- By 2050, there will be more pieces of plastic than fish in the sea.
- 40% of the plastic produced ends up in landfills.
- 14% of the plastic produced is burned.
- Another 14% of plastic is recycled, but only 2% of this amount is recycled correctly, since most of the recycled plastic is degraded.
- The 6 types of plastic most used by industry are the ones mostly responsible for the production of greenhouse gases, as they are degraded in the environment or directly when they are burned.
There is no possible ambiguity in the interpretation of this data and yet we still believe in the possibility of a sustainable future. Our optimism is a necessary pragmatism to face the fight, because we know that to feel defeated isn’t the best way to achieve victory.
“Our optimism is a necessary pragmatism to face the fight.”
In the fight against climate change, a priority is to minimize all of the problems derived from plastic. We can try to recycle plastic, but the data clearly tells us that the better solution is to reduce rather than recycle.
With this collection, we want to highlight both actions: to reduce, because our bags offer a substitute for single-use bags, and to recycle, because the main fabric comes from recycled product.
Seaqual is the main fabric used in this collection. It is a fabric made from recycled plastic, part of which has been recovered from the Mediterranean Sea by fishermen’s associations in eastern Spain.
The recovered plastic is converted into polyester thread. In this phase and creation of the fabric, other ecological, natural or recycled fibers are mixed in. The dying process that follows also follows procedures to use ecological dyes and save water and energy.
Additionally, we have opted for equally sustainable fabrics such as organic cotton or cork for the inner lining of all the pieces.
Finally, we carry out all the pre-production and final production in clothing workshops located in Barcelona. This allows us to do a detailed follow-up for each piece and, most importantly, to ensure that everyone who makes our products does so under fair, safe and respectable working and economic conditions.
Because of all of this, Baghaus is much more than just another collection in our catalogue. It is a declaration of our intentions and our hope is that is resonates with many.