Sustainable Bags

Permanent exhibition
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DETAILS
2ND FLOOR
OPEN
EVERY DAY 10:00 - 17:00
TAGS
SUSTAINABLE FASHION, CIRCULARITY

The fashion industry, including the production of bags and purses, is one of the world’s most polluting industries. To show that things can be done differently, the Museum of Bags and Purses opens an exhibition that displays various bags produced from recycled materials.

Sustainability is becoming increasingly important for the consumer, the fashion industry included. We want to know where our clothes come from and how they are made. To show what the possibilities of sustainable and circular fashion are, you can view various circular bags from Dutch and international designers in the Museum of Bags and Purses. These special bags were made from recycled materials such as used postcards and dismantled telephone cords.

The circular model assumes that today’s products are tomorrow’s raw materials.

The fashion industry, including the production of bags and purses, is one of the world’s most polluting industries. Its overproduction and mountain of waste materials, its use of chemical substances, and its overexploitation of natural resources and overconsumption of water are having a highly negative impact on our biodiversity and our natural environment.

Handbag 'Candywrapper'

What is circularity?

The circular economy is the opposite of our existing economy in which we keep making, buying, using and then disposing of products. This ‘throw-away economy’ is having an enormous impact on our
planet. The circular model, however, assumes that today’s products are tomorrow’s raw materials: once used, products can be dismantled so that their materials can be reused.

Green is the new black

But there’s a reversal going on. More and more designers are demonstrating how their products can be made more sustainable. By recycling used materials, they are showing that materials don’t have to be disposed of after a single use but can comply with the circular ethic.

Special materials

Especially for this exhibition in the Museum of Bags and Purses, bag brand Mutsaers has designed a unique bag. Mutsaers is known for their handmade leather bags. The bag on display is made of a different material; instead of leather, recycled fire hoses have been used for this unique bag.

To bring sustainability in the fashion industry to the attention, you can view various circular bags from Dutch and international designers in the Museum of Bags and Purses.

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What people are saying

I would recommend a stopover for any fan of purses!
"Stunning"
One woman's acquiring a handbag led to a huge collection. Margaret Thatcher, Liz Taylor and Hilary Clinton's bags are all here.
"Loved this museum!"
Really gorgeous handbags with explanations. Fab restaurant there too and a tea shop.
"Spectacular place"

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