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Cantabulous Creations: Fair Trade Accessories Made From Collected Can Tabs

Sunday, September 4, 2016 22:23
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Sydney based Ingrid Bass, a former teacher and musical theatre coach, has taken a side step in her career to launch a sustainable fashion brand. Cantabulous Creations supports a Brazilian fair trade social enterprise that produces gorgeous accessories using recycled materials; drink can tabs to be exact.

Signature pieces supporting ESCAMA Studio

Cantabulous Creations links with ESCAMA Studio, a fair-trade initiative based in California and Brazil. ESCAMA Studio works with around 60 artisans in underprivileged communities who crochet post-consumer drink can tabs into fashion statement pieces; belts, bags, guitar straps, jewellery and more.

The word ESCAMA means ‘fish scales’ in Portuguese, and when you see what is produced by the initiative, you will see why. Crocheted cab tabs resemble the metallic scales of a fish.

Cantabulous Creations is Australia’s representation of the fair trade initiative. Ingrid Bass started Cantabulous Creations after her sister gave her a can tab bag. She loved the bag so much, and so did random strangers she met, that she decided to launch her own small business to support the cause.

Recycled bags, belts and jewellery with a back story

With the launch of Cantabulous Creations, Ingrid hopes to show the people of Australia that it is possible to own beautiful accessories that have a back story. Why? Because the ESCAMA Studio recognises the efforts of each of the artists who create. As such, when you buy from Cantabulous Creations, you will see who has made that bag, belt or piece of jewellery, because each product bears a tag with the artisan’s signature. Take a look at the ‘who made this‘ page on the ESCAMA website, and you will see exactly who made your product, and a little history behind their involvement with the enterprise.

Send your thanks and collect recycled tabs

When you receive your order, you can even send a little thank you note to the artisans; your message will be translated into Portuguese before being sent on.

You will also receive a Reply Paid envelope so you can collect can tabs from drinks.  Once you’ve collected a decent number, simply post back in the mail so they can be sent to Brazil to make more Cantabulous Creations. Let the re-cycle live on.

Pieces start from $25 for earrings or a bracelet and $30 for a credit card case up to a couple of hundred for large bags. Head to Cantabulous Creations online and treat yourself or your loved ones to a statement piece that gives back to the world, one can tab at a time.



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